How to Become a Member

Whether your company is new to the area of Research, Development and Innovation, or indeed long established in these fields, IRDG can add value for you.  Companies can join at any stage of the year.

Note, as an industry-led network, industry companies or third level research organisations only qualify for membership.  Members must be directly performing R&D (or starting this process).

  • Schedule a call
    Schedule a call (or use the enquiry form on this page) with one of our research, development and innovation experts to explore eligibility and how IRDG can add value to your business.

  • Ready to join
    Pay the modest 12-month fee and your company membership can start immediately.
  • Connect your Employees
    Our network becomes open to all employees to gain benefit from networking events, tax credit clinics, lean product development, design thinking, and many other events and one to one supports.


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

  • Engage with our industry board to share your voice, 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 to achieve a competitive advantage through innovation.

  • Make sense of the wide-ranging supports available from Ireland and beyond.

  • 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.

  • Develop contacts, learn from, and share best practice with this unique, diverse and cross-sectoral community of leading businesses.

  • Connect in all your employees and enhance your business know-how by developing skills in areas such as R&D funding and tax credits, lean product development, design thinking, innovation best practice, sustainability, technology trends and more.

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“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