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December 2016- Circa consultants have just completed a number of engagements and evaluations with HEI's and companies in the Medical Device, Food and Pharmaceutical sectors

November 2016-Jim Ryan of CIRCA is currently working with IDI Ltd in Saudi Arabia on a project to develop a new organisation structure for the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) –   This re-organisation is to align K.A.CARE to best meet the objectives of  the National Transformation Programme,  which is part of the Saudi Vision 2030 plan recently announced by the Saudi Government.   K.A.CARE will address the national objective to reduce national dependence on oil-based energy generation.

October 2016 - Circa have recently concluded a number of Horizon 2020 stage 1 proposals which have been successfully passed onto stage 2. Contact jim.codd(at) for more information

September 2016 - Circa have developed a one day introductory Design Thinking workshop following successful inhouse piloting.Contact jim.cuddy(at) for details

Providing advice on the management structure of the INFANT Research Centre in UCC

Study on the future direction, governance and structure of the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre-Microbiome Inst.

Review of Irish Membership of 14 International Research Organisations

CIRCA  support H2020 preparation of H2020 proposals for industry and academic clients 

Review of Competitive Start Fund operations 

Evaluation of Demonstrator Phase of Health Innovation Hub

Review of Enterprise Centre capacity in Dublin city for DublinBIC

Evaluation of BioInnovate Programme - for medical device innovator training for EI

CIRCA consultants have completed a LeanStart with Forest Produce Ltd, a horticultural company based in Tralee.

CIRCA consultants have completed a LeanStart Product Development Assignment for CBE Ltd

CIRCA consultants have completed a Lean Transform for Anord Controls Ltd

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December 2016 :The Department of Finance published a recent economic evaluation of the R and D Tax Credit scheme.
The key message is that the R and D tax credit scheme appears to be performing well but as it is now the most expensive innovation support mechanism in the Governments toolbox, we can expect closer scrutiny of it in the coming months and years. 

The details are here (Pages 5- 71). 

December 2016 - Circa will be offering inhouse and public training courses in R and D Tax Credits, Horizon 2020 research funding, Design Thinking, Innovation Support Schemes and Lean Product Development in 2017. Contact us for further details

November 2016 - CIRCA are delighted to announce the introduction of their R and D Tax Credit advice service. Contact brendan.lawlor(at) (087-2432798) for full details

November 2016- CIRCA have completed a project for the National Library of Ireland to review potential sources of external income for the library and advise on their suitability for the NLI in the future.  The project involved visits to many EU National and other libraries to investigate the fund-raising approaches used, and to assess the costs and returns involved, and the legal and infrastructural implications.  The sources investigated  include philanthropy, research, licensing of library content, retail operations,  venue hire and various services.  In addition, the CIRCA team of Tom McCarthy and Jim Ryan conducted a case study on the particular opportunities which might exist for commercialisation of the NLI’s genealogy collections.  

October 2016- Circa will be launching a Lean Product Development training programme in association with the IRDG in early 2017.Contact patrick.lawlor(at) for full details

August 2016-Circa are delighted to welcome Dr Tim Roche (formerly of UCC Technology Transfer Office and Enterprise Ireland) as a new member

April 2016-CIRCA welcomes two new members: Dr Tom McCarthy, Econmist (formerly NUI Maynooth and CEO IMI) and Brendan Lawlor, specialist in Research Management, Life Sciences, IPR and Commercialisation.

CIRCA participates in Enterprise Ireland Mentor networking Event

CIRCA completes major study on Analysis of the key characteristics of an innovative

SMEs on the island of Ireland. Prepared for Inter Trade Ireland

CIRCA consultants participate in the IRDG Masterclass in Design Thinking

Circa consultant Chairs Security software group

CIRCA consultants have now completed the Enterprise Ireland Competitiveness Benchmarking training.’We are now approved users of the benchmarking tools and techniques through the IDA & Enterprise Ireland and the States licencing agreement with the database providers as managed by Enterprise Irelands Competitiveness Department.’

CIRCA participates in Enterprise Ireland Lean Spring Forum

New Project starts on management structure of the INFANT Research Centre based in Univ College CorkSuccessful H2020 Landmark project includes CIRCA partners

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