Minister Harris Establishes New Research and Innovation Policy Advisory Forum and Issues Call for Members

Posted on 16 May 2023

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has announced the establishment of the Research and Innovation Policy Advisory Forum, as provided for under Impact 2030, Ireland’s national research and innovation strategy.

The Forum’s establishment reflects international good practice in the development of national R&I systems, as well as stakeholder feedback received by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science during the development of Impact 2030.

Its objective is to inform and support national research and innovation policy development on system-level strategic issues that would benefit from national, as well as international, expertise and experience.

The Forum will be chaired by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Sample policy themes include, for example:

  • how to better evidence research and innovation impact
  • researcher career pathways beyond academia
  • how equality, diversion and inclusion can affect, and contribute to, national R&I policy objectives and ambitions
  • future of research prioritisation and the use of strategic foresight
  • advancement of a synergistic and cohesive national R&I system

Its membership (of approximately 10-15 members) will comprise national and international experts, as well as a number of key representative organisations that can bring relevant national experience and perspectives to the discussions, for example from research performing organisations and researchers at all career stages.

An Expression of Interest process will commence on Friday 26 May 2023 and will run until Friday 30 June 2023 in order to invite interested parties to make a submission.

It is anticipated that the inaugural Forum meeting will be held in autumn 2023.

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