The recently published SFI Agenda 2020 sets out a vision in which Ireland will, by 2020, be the best country in the world for both scientific research excellence and impact. The 2012 report of the Research Prioritisation group has identified a number of priority areas around which future investment in publicly performed research should be based. These priority areas will deliver sustainable economic return through their contribution to enterprise development, employment growth, job retention and tangible improvements in quality of life.
The objectives of SFI’s impact assessment are as follows:
- To stimulate researchers to consider how best to maximise the impact of their research and how to maximise the engagement of users of their research
- To actively demonstrate the contributions and benefits of publicly funded research to society and the economy and, in doing so, demonstrate the value of publicly funded investment in R&D
- To better understand the transfer of scientific knowledge into practice, strengthen the system and structures for this transfer and so maximise the use and benefits of publicly funded research.