Funding Advice

On this page we have listed the leading Irish funding bodies.  We have provided a short synopsis of who the agency is and what type of research they fund so that you, the researcher, may select the agency most suited to you. Should you require any assistance in making funding applications or require information on other funding agencies, please don’t hesitate to contact the Research Office.

Click here for a a list of open calls:


The Research Council operates a suite of interlinked Research Schemes. The IRCHSS Government of Ireland Post-Graduate Scholarships and Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellowships fund research at pre- and post-doctoral levels. The Research Council operates three Schemes which offer research opportunities for members of the academic staff of recognised third-level institutions to undertake stated projects.


IRCSET operates multi-million euro research funding initiatives which support talented researchers in their early stage career formation across Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral levels in the sciences, engineering and technology.

Funding Opportunities:

Embark Initiative’s Post Graduate Scholarships

Embark Initiative’s Post Doctorate fellowship

Enterprise Partnership Scheme Funding

The IRCSET Call for Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2011 is now open.

Applicants can register/apply by visiting the Call website at and reading the instructions before accessing the online application system.

The Call will close for applicants at 5pm GMT/UTC on Wed 8th December.

The deadline for completion of mentor forms/referee forms/university endorsement is Wed 15th December

Applicants can register/apply by visiting the Call website at and reading the instructions before accessing the online application system.


The Call will close for applicants at 5pm GMT/UTC on Wed 8th December.

The deadline for completion of mentor forms/referee forms/university endorsement is Wed 15th December

Information Presentation for IRCSET Postdoctoral Fellowships Call

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland helps both companies and researchers based in third level institutions and Public Research Institutes to engage in research. Enterprise Ireland aims to facilitate collaborative links between enterprise and the research community that lead to the practical application of research in business, yielding benefits to both groups.

Funding Opportunities:

Innovation Vouchers

Commercialisation Fund (Proof of Concept)

Commercialisation Fund (Technology Development)

Commercialisation Plus

Innovation Partnership

ARE Pioneer New Start ARE+

Industry led research Programmes

Competence centres

Royal Irish Academy

The academy for the sciences and humanities for the whole of Ireland will vigorously promote excellence in scholarship, recognise achievements in learning, direct research programmes and undertake its own research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage.

Funding Opportunities:

Mobility Grant

Archaeology Research Funding 2010

The Praeger Fund

Royal Society Joint Projects


A sum of €8.2 billion has been allocated for scientific research under the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Strategy for science, technology and innovation (SSTI) of which SFI has responsibility to invest €1.4 billion.  SFI will continue to invest in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields of science and engineering underpinning three broad areas: Biotechnology, Information and communication technology and sustainable energy and energy-efficient technologies.

Funding Opportunities:

Technology and Innovation Development Award

Principal Investigator

Starting Investigator Research grants

Research Professor Recruitment Awards

Industrial Partnership Research Supplements

Workshops and Conferences Grants

US-Ireland R&D Partnership Programme

President of Ireland Young Researcher Awards (PIYRA)

ETS Walton Visitor Awards

Stokes Professorships and Lectureships Programme

Strategic Research Clusters

Research Frontiers Programme

Principal Investigator Career Advancement Award

HRB-SFI Translational Research Award

The Marine Institute

The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). The Institute aims to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland’s 220 million acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and essential scientific services; and safeguard our marine environment through research and environmental monitoring.

Funding Opportunities:

Beaufort Marine Research Awards

European Trans-Atlantic Coral Ecosystem Study (EuroTRACES)

Dr. Edouard Delcroix Prize 2010

Maritime Fellowships and Internships

Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Netherland Organisation for Scientific Research

The Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society is the national charity dedicated to cancer prevention, care, research, and education. Cancer Research Ireland is the research division of the Society. The primary focus of the society is promoting patient-relevant cancer research. We are the single largest voluntary supporter of cancer research in Ireland.

Funding Opportunities:

Research Fellowships

Research Scholarships


INTERREG is a Community initiative which aims to stimulate interregional cooperation in the EU. It started in 1989, and is financed under the Europian Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The current programme is INTERREG IV, covering the period 2007–2013.

Funding Opportunities:

INTERREG IVA- Ireland-Wales

INTERREG IVA- Northern Ireland, Border Regions of Ireland and Western Scotland

INTERREG IVB- Atlantic Area

INTERREG IVB- Northwest Europe

INTERREG IVB- Northern Periphery Programme



The Environmental Protection Agency has responsibilities for a wide range of licensing, enforcement, monitoring and assessment activities associated with environmental protection. The Agency provides funding to support science, technology, research and innovation projects through grant-aid to third level institutions, state agencies, government departments, local and regional authorities, the private sector and individuals.

Funding Opportunities:

STRIVE Doctoral

STRIVE Masters

STRIVE Projects

Event Support

Research Travel support grants

EPA STRIVE Research & CGPP Phase 5 programmes: Additional Calls for research proposals (09/07/2010)

For your information, the EPA STRIVE Research Programme and Cleaner Greener Production Programme (CGPP 5) with the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) have announced the additional following calls for research proposals:

  1. Environmental Technologies Supporting SMART Environmental Management
  2. Water & the Aquatic Environment (Silt flux in rivers)
  3. Biodiversity (Development of an integrated biodiversity impact assessment methodology)
  4. Socio-Economics – Water Quality  (Cost of Inaction)
  5. Cleaner Greener Production Programme Phase 5 –  CGPP 5


CARDI is a not for profit organisation developed by leaders from the ageing field across Ireland (North and South) including age focused researchers, academics, statutory, voluntary and community sector representatives with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies. It is overseen by a Steering Group and hosted by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland.

Funding Opportunities:

CARDI Grant Programme


The National Roads Authority (NRA) was formally established as an independent statutory body under the Roads Act, 1993 with effect from 1 January, 1994. The Authority’s primary function, under the Roads Act 1993, is ‘to secure the provision of a safe and efficient network of national roads’. For this purpose, it has overall responsibility for planning and supervision of construction and maintenance works on these roads.

Funding Opportunities:

NRA Research Fellowship Programme

Fulbright Annual Fellowship

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Funding Opportunities:

European Union Scholar-in-Residence Program

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Programme

Fulbright Foreign Student Program


The EU has launched the next call for the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigators Grants. These awards support excellent, innovative investigator-initiated research projects across the Member States and associated countries, directed by leading advanced investigators of whatever age, who have already established themselves as being independent research leaders in their own right.

Funding Opportunities:

·Physical Sciences and Engineering

·Life Sciences

·Social Sciences and Humanities

Open Calls

Marie Curie Fellowships

Marie Curie Fellowships provide European placements for pre and post-doctoral researchers, usually up to the age of 35, and for experienced researchers.

Funding Opportunities:

Marie Curie Reintegration Grants

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF)

Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)

Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development (IOF)

European Research Advisory Board

The Independent European Research Advisory Board (ERAB) invites applications for funding of any aspect of biomedical or psychosocial research into beer or alcohol from researchers from an established European research institution or university.

Funding Opportunities:

ERBA Grant

Ireland Canada Universtiy Foundation Craig Dobbin Scholarships

These awards are designed principally for young scholars and academics who are currently engaged at graduate level research in a discipline which is, or has potential to be, related to both Ireland and Canada, or who are commencing such research. All academic disciplines are eligible. The funds are provided to meet the costs of a short visit of three to four weeks to a university or research institution in the other country.

Funding Opportunities:

Craig Dobbin Scholarship

IT Sligo

The Institute is making available two complementary funds to develop research activity.

Postgraduate research bursaries fund

Research capacity building fund

Invest NI

Northern Ireland Innovation Vouchers: click here for a link to Invest NI website:


2016/17 Prospectus