IE - Eire / Ireland (National level)

Innovation Performance Group (2019) : Strong Innovator

Total population (2019) 4904240

Population per km² (2017) 70

Proportion population older 65 year % 14,10%

Regional website

Health Research Board


Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It has a population of 4.5 million. Ireland's RIS3 priorities include a focus on Connected Health & Independent Living; Data Analytics, Management, Security & Privacy; Diagnostics; Digital Platforms, Content & Applications; Food for health; Future Networks & Communications; Innovation in Services & Business Processes; Manufacturing processes; Manufacturing Competitiveness; Marine Renewable Energy and Medical devices.

Healthprofile according to the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):

The health status of Irish people has improved substantially since 2000, with life expectancy registering huge gains and most people reporting being in good health. Despite this progress, there is consensus in Ireland that the health system is underperforming and that a fundamental transformation is needed to make it fit to meet future demands associated with an ageing society. Key areas to be tackled include introducing a universal health system, building up the health system to improve access and adequately meet health care needs, more consistent workforce planning and better budget management at all levels of the system.

Membership status

Member ICPerMed? yes 

Mountain ? Non-mountain

Member Euregha? no

Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? no

InnoStars Region? no 

Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no

PM region according EC? no 

Baltic Sea MacroRegion? no

S3MedTech region? yes 

Danube MacroRegion? no

S3P4PM region? no 

Alpine MacroRegion? no

Regions4PM region? no

S3ClusSport member? no 

Central Europe? no

MedTech4Europe? no

Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? no

1M+Genome initiative? observer

European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN)?  no

Vanguard Initiative? no

ERAPerMed yes,Health Research Board, (HRB)

Policy documents

  1. National - E-Health Strategy for Ireland

  2. National - Precision Oncology Ireland

  3. National - Sláintecare Report

  4. National - Genomics Medicine Ireland

Topics covered by policies : Population genomics initiative (cfr 1 million genomes participation); Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.); Education, training and skill development; Prediction and prevention; ICT/genomics, health, lifestyle data(infrastructure); Electronic and mobile health solutions

Funding for a dedicated programme related to personalised medicine

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: No

Major initiatives

  1. Precision Oncology Ireland -


  3. INTERREG VA Centre_for_personalised_medicine_PR.pdf HRB co-funds CHITIN projects under SEUPB programme office, this is a Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland partnership - National Preclinical Imaging Centre Imaging infrastructure

  4. Cúram Research Centre Medical Device Research Centre

  5. Observer Country European '1+ Million Genomes' Initiative

  6. Digital Innovation Hubs:

Self evaluation

General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region - Medium

Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region - High

Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the region - Medium

Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region - High

Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region - Medium

Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM - High

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium