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Ireland aims to be ‘first mover’ in emerging tech

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Newly launched Science Foundation Ireland strategy envisages doubling of funding by 2025

The Irish government’s latest science funding plan aims to make the country a “first mover” in technology and envisages a significant increase in funding over the next five years.

The plan, released last week, sets out how Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the country’s main public science funder, will support research, academia and public-private partnerships. The government said that, as a small country, Ireland could best compete internationally “by developing a cohesive research ecosystem capable of taking first mover advantage in new and emergent fields”.

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