Optimism rises in irish Software firms

The Irish Times reports in their business this week supplement that a recent outlook survey conducted for 2004 show 72% of irish software firms expect to increase revenue in 2004, compared to 40% in 2003.
This is a welcome development but as a researcher I found it worrying that of the 80 firms that responded to the survey not one had applied for funding from Science Foundation Ireland
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is investing €646 million between 2000-2006 in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies, and competitive enterprises in the fields underpinning two broad areas:
– Biotechnology
– ICT

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