The Advisory Council on Science, Technology and Innovation (ACSTI) today (20th June 2012) made a series of recommendations on how best to support research centres in Ireland with a view to optimising future potential social and economic returns from State investments in research, development and innovation (RD&I).
Sean Sherlock T.D., the Minister for Research and Innovation commented, “As part of the next stage of the evolution of Ireland’s national research system, we need to focus on maximising the economic impact of taxpayers’ investment in research, development and innovation. The Minister added, “For the research centre landscape to retain its value, we need more jobs to be created from this investment.”
- Centres to be categorised into one of 4 groups – Academic Centres, Academic-Industry Centres, Industry Focused Centres, Mission & Sector focused centres
- Common set of indicators to be developed for centres highlighting the balance between academic and commercial metrics
- Funding to cover a smaller number of centres rather than spreading the budget too thinly
- Small number of RTOs (Research & Technology Organisation Centres) to be developed over the next 10-20 years