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This report reviews in detail government support for R and D in Ireland and assesses the extent and effectiveness of procedures to make use of the results. There is concern that investment in R and D is below the norm for a small industrialising country. The government, as a major sponsor and performer of R and D, is anxious to maximise the benefits of expenditure. The Irish economy is small and heavily dependant on agriculture. The indigenous industrial sector is dominated by SMEs with low levels both of research awareness and of technological sophistication. Industrial performance is dominated by a few, largely foreign, companies, operating mainly as production units in high technology areas, whose knowledge and technology has no spin-off into the economy generally. There is little attention given to approaches such as licencing and joint-venture activity, no linkage requirement on state funded research and a lack of support for demonstration or pilot-plant projects. Government policies need to emphasise co-ordination, rationalisation and strategic planning, and to consider the problem of publication and communication of research results. This is particularly important in the area of agricultural research, where there are major linkage and dissemination problems.

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Authors: O'SULLIVAN B A, University College Dublin (IE);COGAN D J, University College Dublin (IE);CORSTEN H, Universite de Kaiserslautern (DE);JUNGINGER-DITTEL K O, CEC;GOODMAN B B, CEC;VON WITZLEBEN A, CEC
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11534 EN (1989) 112 pp.
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