The Higher Education Authority (HEA) strongly welcomes the announcement of plans for a successor strategy to the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013. It provides a clear opportunity for Ireland to develop a new whole-of-Government strategy for research and innovation.

It can build on the progress made to date in developing Ireland’s research and innovation system, as well as addressing identified challenges. Our higher education and research community, and those students it cultivates and educates, are a key national resource.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is leading a programme of major strategic reform of Irish higher education and research.

The objective is to ensure that the sector is well placed to contribute, to the greatest extent possible, to Irish social and economic development. As the statutory development body for higher education and research, the HEA advises the Minister for Education and Skills on policy. In 2014, as the statutory funding authority for the universities, institutes of technology and other designated institutions, the HEA allocated c. €1.2bn in public funding.