The main activities of the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) are: provision of high level advice on specific scientific issues of concern to the Government, as required; provision of scientific input into the work of any relevant body or advisory group; fulfilment on behalf of Government, of an ambassadorial role in the science field; participation, as may be required, to meetings at Cabinets level; reporting periodically to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, or as may be requested by the Minister.
The Department of Education and Skills has responsibility for education and training. The mission of the Department is to enable learners to achieve their full potential and contribute to Ireland's economic, social and cultural development.
The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation’s mission is to support the creation of good jobs by promoting the development of a competitive business environment in which enterprises will operate to high standards and grow in sustainable markets.
Enterprise Ireland (EI) is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. Established in July 1998, the organisation works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, EI supports sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.
The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has a statutory responsibility, at central government level, for the effective governance and regulation of higher education institutions and the higher education system.
IDA Ireland is Ireland's inward investment promotion agency. It is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services. IDA Ireland partners with potential and existing investors to help them establish or expand their operations in Ireland.
IDA Ireland provides funding support to suitable RD&I projects, and identifies other supports available from partner organisations such as Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, and Sustainable Energy Ireland.
Established in mid-2012, the Irish Research Council (IRC) is an associated agency of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and operates under the aegis of the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
The IRC is responsible for the management of a suite of inter-linked research schemes, funding scholars at various career stages, from postgraduate study to senior research project-based awards.
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research. SFI invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
SFI also advances co-operative efforts among education, government, and industry that support its fields of emphasis and promotes Ireland’s ensuing achievements around the world.