Proposal Support Overview

Proposal Support Overview

Every year UCD Research supports our researchers in submitting over 1,400 proposals. We hope our experience and knowledge can help you to proposal success.

Funding Opportunities

To find out what funding opportunities are currently available, take a look at our research bulletin, our rolling call listings or our dedicated Funding Call Calendar, which can be added to your Google calendar.

Alternatively use Research Professional to select calls that might be of interest to you.

Already identified a call?

If you have already identified a call you wish to apply for, access our call specific online help packs, which contain guidance on how to structure your proposal, tips on impact and implementation sections and details of internal approval processes.

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Contact Us

If you have identified a call of interest and have a query, please contact the relevant person below, or for general queries please email


Funding AgencyScheme / CallContact personEmailExt.
Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine (DAFM) DAFM Research call Dr Joanne Fitzgerald 4054
Enterprise Ireland (EI) EI Innovation Partnerships
EI Commercialisation Fund
Claire Kavanagh 4059
EI Financial Support for ERC Applicants Maire Coyle 4014 
EI Financial Support for Marie Sklodowska Curie Applicants Proposal Support 4035
EI Financial Support for LEIT, Societal Challenge applicants EU Office  
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA Research call Dr Joanne Fitzgerald 4054
Horizon 2020 H2020 Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT):
  • Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing and Biotechnology
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Research Infrastructures

H2020 Societal Challenges:
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.
EU Office  
European Research Council (ERC)
Advanced Grants
Starting Grants
Consolidator Grants
Proof of Concept
Maire Coyle 4014 
H2020 Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions Marie Sklodowska-Curie  − Individual Fellowships (IF)

Proposal Support 4035

Marie Sklodowska-Curie − Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
Marie Sklodowska-Curie − Innovation Staff Exchange Scheme (RISE)

EU Office  
European Commission Non-Framework Programmes including, but not limited to:
3rd Health Programme
Justice Programme
Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
Consumer Programme
Proposal Support  
Health Research Board (HRB) Applied Partnership Awards (APA)
Collaborative Doctoral Awards
Investigator Led projects
Applying Research into Policy& Practice Postdoctoral fellowship (ARPP)
Proposal Support  
Emerging Investigator Awards Proposal Support  
US-Ireland R&D Partnership Proposal Support 4035
Irish Research Council (IRC) IRC CAROLINE COFUND Fellowships Proposal Support  
IRC Laureate Awards Proposal Support  
IRC Government of Ireland Post-doc/Post graduate schemes
IRC EPS Post-doc/Post graduate schemes
Proposal Support 4035
IRC Ulysses France/Ireland Travel
IRC Policy & Society
Claire Kavanagh 4059
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) SFI Future Research Leaders
SFI Research Professorships
Maire Coyle 4014 
SFI EPSRC Partnership
SFI Investigator Programme
SFI NSF China Partnership
SFI Spokes and Strategic Partnerships
Proposal Support  
SFI Career Development Awards (CDA)
SFI Starting Investigator Research Grants (SIRG)
Proposal Support Proposal Support
SFI Industry Fellowships
SFI Discover
Claire Kavanagh 4059
US-Ireland R&D Partnership
SFI-Royal Society University Research Fellowships
Proposal Support 4035
SFI Conferences and Workshops Dr Joanne Fitzgerald 4054
Teagasc Teagasc Walsh fellowships Dr Joanne Fitzgerald 4054
Wellcome Trust All schemes Proposal Support  
Dipti Pandya
Senior Manager, Research Programmes

Dipti leads the Proposal Support Team and the Research Programmes Team who provide frontline and specialist support to researchers in securing external funding.

T: 01 716 4023
E: Email Dipti

Máire Coyle
Research Programmes Officer

Máire provides specialised knowledge and support for advanced research funding programmes. Her current focus is on the European Research Council suite of schemes and Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Professorship and President of Ireland Future Research Leaders programmes.

T: 01 716 4014
E: Email Máire

Liana Drummond
EU Research Administrator

Horizon 2020 – Food, Transport, climate.

T: 01 716 4027
E: Email Liana

Dr Joanne Fitzgerald
Pre-Award Administrator

Joanne provides proposal support to researchers in UCD seeking to compile and submit funding applications.

T: 01 716 4054
E: Email Joanne

Dr Colleen Thomas
Proposal Support Team Lead - National Programmes

Colleen provides specialised knowledge and support for national funding schemes including IRC, HRB and SFI.

T: 01 716 4062
E: Email Colleen

Claire Kavanagh
Pre-Award Research Administrator

Claire provides proposal support to researchers in UCD seeking to compile and submit funding applications.

T: 01 716 4059
E: Email Claire

Jenny Knell
EU Research Administrator

Horizon 2020 - Health, ICT, Security, Inclusive Societies.

T: 01 716 4049
E: Email Jenny

Aidan McElwaine
Pre-Award Accountant

Aidan is responsible for review and approval of research proposal budgets, and providing financial advice in relation to research funding.

T: 01 716 4021
E: Email Aidan

Aine Moore
EU Research Office Manager

Aine leads the EU Research Office who provide specialist support to researchers applying for EU funding.

T: 01 7164022
E: Email Aine

Margaret Walsh
EU Research Administrator

Horizon 2020 - ENERGY, NMBP, Space, Biotech.

T: 01 716 4057
E: Email Margaret