The deadline for this year's Digital Boost initiative from eircom Business Solutions has been extended from 31st March to 30th April. This is the second and final round for the incredibly popular programme, which provides support for Irish SMEs to enhance their online presence. €100,000 funding remains available to share between the winners, part of the €250,000 seed fund designed to offer tangible assistance to the SME community in four key areas: business mobility; digital training; sales and marketing; and business productivity.
Prolific cyberattacks against Sony capped off one of the biggest years on record for cyber security. Approximately 100 terabytes of data were compromised and up to €90 million in damages were inflicted during this headline-grabbing incident as the Trend Micro annual security roundup report, "The High Cost of Complacency," analyzes this and other notable activity throughout 2014. The year's happenings reinforced that cybercriminals are relentless with ever-increasing levels of sophistication and tenacity.
2013 saw a marked increase in the level of engagement between companies and all Irish publicly-funded research performing organisations (RPOs), including universities and the institutes of technology, according to Knowledge Transfer Ireland. The first KTI annual report published on the23 October 2014 shows a 15% increase in the number of external clients that engaged with research performing organisations in 2013, resulting in 1,598 engagement agreements, up 9% on the previous year.
ICON plc, a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced a new global innovation hub which will create 200 new jobs in Ireland. The hub will foster the development of new technologies and clinical trial processes that will enable faster access to large volumes of clinical data and will enable clinical trial personnel to derive better insights from the data. The 200 new jobs will include roles in IT, Data Analytics, Clinical Science, Project Management, Finance and Human Resources.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD today announced Government and industry funding of €245 million for the establishment of five new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland. The funding of €155 million from the Department of Jobs will be delivered through Science Foundation Ireland's (SFI) Research Centres Programme, coupled with €90 million in cash and in-kind contributions from industry partners. The funding will support cutting-edge research in critical and emerging sectors of the economy which are key for job creation in Ireland. The funding will be provided over the next six years, 2014-2020.