Financial Support for Members

Institute Members, Associate Members and Affiliate Members are eligible to apply for funding through three Institute schemes


UCD Research-UCD Earth Institute Climate Research Seed Fund 2022

UCD Earth Institute and UCD Research are delighted to launch a one-off call to seed and mobilise climate research projects and activities in UCD. This scheme will fund projects/activities with tangible outputs and impacts focused on climate research linked to the ‘Creating a Sustainable Global Society’ theme of the UCD Strategy 2020-2024Rising to the Future. The overall aim of the scheme is to fund existing or new projects/activities that focus on developing or scaling research clusters to demonstrate opportunities to help address national and global climate challenges. Deadline is 12pm, Wednesday 28 September 2022. 

Multiple awards ranging from €500 to a maximum of €15,000 will be made through this scheme Awarded funds must be spent by 31st December 2022, but projects/activities may continue after this date. The scheme is open to all UCD staff whose research work connects with climate, not just UCD Earth Institute members. 

Full details of the call are in the Climate Research Seed Fund 2022 Call Document and applicants can apply using the Climate Research Seed Fund Application Form.


Strategic Priority Support Mechanism

The Earth Institute Strategic Priority Support Mechanism aims to stimulate interdisciplinary activity across the Institute, the University and beyond, in the area of environmental research and its cognate disciplines. Funding up to €10,000 is awarded to 2-4 multi-disciplinary teams per annum, supporting non-research costs for targeted projects that are topical, achievable and impactful.

See the Strategic Priority Support Mechanism page for further details on the projects currently supported through the scheme and upcoming calls.

Small Responsive Funding Scheme

The Earth Institute Small Responsive Funding Scheme provides small awards to Earth Institute Members, Associate Members and Affiliate Members for activities that are beneficial to the applicant and wider Institute community, including contributions to the costs for travel of the applicant, a team member or a visitor. The scheme complements the existing Institute Strategic Priority Support Mechanism, providing regular, smaller awards throughout the year, with rapid decisions to accommodate opportunities as they arise.

The scheme provides support of up to €700 for activities where other funding is either not available or where the timing of funding calls do not fit with the timeline of the proposed activity. It is not envisaged that this scheme would support conference attendance or training activities as other funds are available.

See scheme guidelines and online application form for further information and to apply.

In 2019, Dr Nicole Beisiegel (now at Technical University Dublin) received funding from the Small Responsive Fund while working  as an IRC-funded research fellow in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the Earth Institute.  The funding enabled Dr Beisiegel to travel to the UK to pursue a side project and collaborate with a researcher at the University of Reading on numerical simulations of a rotating annulus. Dr Beisiegel said:

Dr Nicole Beisiegel, Technical University Dublin"The collaboration resulted in software that can be used to simulate a multi-layer rotating annulus, and a still ongoing collaboration. For the future it is envisioned that this software will be used as a basis for a scientific publication or student projects. I have since progressed in my career and taken on an assistant lectureship in TU Dublin. No doubt, the network I built during my time in the Earth Institute has positively impacted my career development."

- Dr Nicole Beisiegel, Technical University Dublin

With the support of UCD Earth Institute Small Responsive Funding, Dr Conor Bracken (now at Teagasc) visited the Institute of Plant Ecology at Justus Liebig University (JLU), Germany to develop collaborative links, present research results, and provide training of a new analytical technique to researchers from JLU and the International Atomic Energy Association.  This method was developed as part of his PhD research in the UCD Earth Institute’s Stable Isotope Analysis lab with Dr Paul Murphy. Dr Bracken said:

Dr Conor Bracken, Teagasc

"Researchers at JLU benefitted from this hands-on training and support with their new equipment which has further strengthened collaborations between UCD and this research group. The funding was very beneficial to me as I really enjoyed providing this training and the interaction with other researchers has helped my PhD and career progress."

- Dr Conor Bracken, Teagasc