IRDG is very proud to be celebrating our 25th Anniversary in 2017 – celebrating 25 years of supporting our members, being the voice of industry R&D in Ireland, and influencing the national agenda.
The vision and ambition for the Industry Research & Development Group were set back in 1992, by a group of business people who saw the need for a strong advocacy group for industry R&D in Ireland.
The primary function of the group was to represent the voice of industry to policy makers and decision makers, and IRDG soon developed a strong reputation with the relevant Government departments and State Bodies of the time. The views of industry were valuable in influencing and shaping the various schemes and incentives available over the years, including the RTI / R&D Fund and the R&D Tax Credit, which IRDG was instrumental in bringing to Ireland. And IRDG maintains this strong reputation today, regularly being consulted by Government departments and various Bodies as the national Innovation agenda strives forward.
IRDG has also provided a valuable service to members since the early days, helping them to navigate the financial incentives available, so as to identify and avail of the most suitable support depending upon the business need. Over time, the list of incentives has grown, and with a combination of State Funding, alongside Horizon 2020 for example, the myriad of supports are simply too vast for many companies to work through on their own.
Today IRDG has grown to over 200 member companies, from all sectors and sizes of industry in Ireland. Services to members now extended beyond the foundation areas of Representation and Funding & Support, to include Innovation Networking, Collaboration and Learning too. Companies become part of IRDG’s unique Innovation Network to leverage different services, depending upon their interests and business cycle. And the unique combination of members from all different sectors, but all facing similar challenges, presents a really interesting and valuable learning circle within IRDG.
We would like to thank all our members for supporting us over the years, and for helping us to reach this milestone. We are delighted to be celebrating 25 years in 2017, and look forward to continuing to grow IRDG in the next 25!