Fuel your Ambition.

Accelerate  your Growth

with Ireland’s Innovation Leaders

Increase your return on innovation, develop talent for growth,
drive sustainable transformation and learn with your industry peers.

IRDG calls for significant increase in spending on innovation to become a global leader.

With 80% of companies surveyed planning to increase their R&D spending over the next 3 years important gaps remain to make Ireland a world leader in Innovation.

Our survey of almost 400 companies engaged in Research and Innovation, carried out with KPMG has the details.

Who We Are

IRDG – Industry Research & Development Group – is Ireland’s leading non-profit, business-led Innovation Network of member companies and colleges.  We work together to drive excellence in industry innovation.

We represent indigenous and multinational companies across 24 Sectors – including Software/ICT/Cloud Computing, Engineering, Agriculture, Food & Drink, Technology, Medical Technology/Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Financial Services, Construction and Manufacturing.

Our mission is to foster a cross-sectoral culture of innovation and drive sustainable value for members leading to growth, jobs and prosperity.

What We Do

IRDG helps member organisations accelerate their return on investment in RD&I. We operate under 5 pillars – Representation, Funding & Support, Networking, Collaboration and Learning.


  • Benefit from an independent, business-led network that is dedicated to promoting excellence in research, development & innovation (RD&I) in our member companies.

  • Contribute to Ireland’s innovation agenda and be prepared for emerging industry trends.

  • Accelerate the return on your RD&I investment with all the expert knowledge and resources you need.

  • Network with over 300 indigenous and multinational member companies of all sizes across 24 sectors of industry, who are also driving RD&I in their businesses.

Become a Member

Companies can join at any stage of the year. The first step in the process is a conversation with one of our team to discuss your business.


IRDG has been supporting our member companies for years. Read some of their stories.

“The IRDG network provides a single funnel of indigenous and international companies, connected together with the various policy and funding agencies. For us, collaboration is a strategic building block, rather than just being a source of funds. The cross-fertilisation of expertise and research we undertake feeds into the curriculum of the HEIs and in turn develops the overall capability for future skills and jobs. Together with the contribution to business in terms of technologies and discoveries, collaboration is instrumental to our future-proofing the business.”

Catherine Evans, RDI Collaboration Manager, Fexco


Just some our our valued members.


Upcoming events for IRDG.

Amplify 2024

26th Sept - IRDG member discount. Ireland's best Industry Innovation Event is back in Dublin this September.

Zoom Onboard!

5th Sep - IRDG members only & free. A webinar to help you maximise membership.

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