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IDA Ireland

As you start to think about how the Irish Midlands is the best place to help you scale globally, IDA Ireland is here to offer comprehensive pro bono support for your company. As Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland are a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting foreign direct investment into Ireland.

Working with IDA Ireland in the Midlands

Supporting research and innovation

RD&I is the largest proportion of IDA’s grant funding programme. They offer a wide range of supports, including tax incentives and collaborative funding, to help your RD&I activity in Ireland. They also provide direct assistance for exploratory work ahead of longer-term R&D programmes.

  • 25% tax credit on eligible RD&I activity
  • Claimable on revenue and capital expenditure incurred in carrying out qualifying R&D
  • Access funding supports and incentives to ease your journey
  • Choose from great locations where you can set up and scale

Supporting your investment

IDA Ireland support your investments financially in partnership with you. Their independent Board of Directors meets every month to make decisions on supporting company investments, in strict compliance with EU state aid rules, so you get responsive help and rapid decision-making.

  • €100m annual grant programme for supporting investment projects.
  • Scale of grant support dependent on company size and investment impact

Skilled people at all levels are essential to your company’s evolution, whether through increasing productivity, creating new products, enhancing the leadership team’s strategic potential, evolving the business functions at your Irish site.

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In the Midlands Region, the IDA support 49 companies, employing close to 7,000 people.

Transform your operations

Thinking about enhancing your operations in Ireland? They have supports available to help you avail of tools and techniques that can unlock innovation in the way you do business today – giving you the springboard to stay sustainable into the future

  • Outcome-based support options available with significant assistance
  • Lean programme helps in finding creative solutions to enhance competitiveness

Strengthening your sustainability

Sustainability is everyone’s business. The ‘Go Green’ offers encourage you to adopt sustainable practices that help you enhance your environmental performance, manage your resources efficiently, achieve cost savings and improve your customers’ perception.

  • Three-part offer ranges from initial assessment to renewable energy technologies
  • IDA Ireland will cover a percentage of costs towards sustainability programmes

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing is at the heart of enterprise in the Midlands region. With many FDI and indigenous businesses attracted to the manufacturing base across the 4 counties. 23,000 people in the region are employed in the sector, which represents 18% of the workforce (national figure 12.5%).

ICT Cluster

The Midlands continues to attracted ICT businesses due to central location and a strong talent pool of ICT graduates, with the sector now prioritised as an area of smart specialisation for the region. Large employers such as Ericsson in Athlone have been joined by a rapidly expanding network of start-ups, bringing innovation across the ICT sector.


The Midlands Engineering Network, Engenuity, was established in 2017 as an exchange forum where members can build links, share experiences and undertake joint commercial activity. The cluster is based on the knowledge that Engineering firms thrive when they work to support each other. 

Food and Drink

The objective for the Midlands Food and Drink Strategy is to create a unique food and drink eco-system where local people are proud of their local produce, where companies have the capabilities and supports to create world-class hospitality and product experiences, where scaling and exporting is enabled, whilst respecting nature and our environment.

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