Funded Opportunities for Staff
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Funded Opportunities for Staff

There are many funding opportunities available to UCD staff who are looking to build their networks internationally, strengthen global partnerships and develop innovative practices on a global scale. 

The following information will direct you to a number of funding opportunities that UCD Global can support you with. For further information, please contact:


Types of Funding

Calls for Applications

UCD Global Engagement Seed Fund

The UCD Global Engagement Seed Fund supports UCD faculty and staff, in Ireland and overseas, to develop initiatives and activities in line with the Global Engagement Strategy. It is operated by UCD Global on behalf of the Vice-President for Global Engagement. The results of the 2021 GE Seed Fund have now been announced, here

For further information, please email Dr Shane Lordan:

The next call for applications for the UCD Global Engagement Seed Fund will be in Spring 2022.


Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. .The Programme’s priorities for the period 2021-2027 are inclusion and diversity, digital transformation, and environmental sustainability.

Erasmus+ does not only provide funding opportunities for students and staff to study, train, and gain experience abroad. Erasmus+ also offers opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations

Below is an overview of some of the most popular Key Actions in the Erasmus+ programme:

Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching or Training: Teaching, administrative and technical staff working at UCD can apply for Erasmus+ funding to spend a short period of time teaching and/or training at an education institution abroad. Please visit our Learning Abroad website for information on Erasmus+ KA131 Staff Mobility with Programme Countries (within Europe) and Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility with Partner Countries (outside of Europe). 

Cooperation Partnerships (formerly called ‘Strategic Partnerships’): These are transnational projects designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experiences in the fields of education, training and youth. Examples of Strategic Partnerships involving UCD include the NICE project and the DIGIPASS project

Capacity Building projects in the field of Higher Education: CBHEs are transnational cooperation projects, based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between HEIs from Programme and eligible Partner Countries. Example CBHEs involving UCD include the IHOD project, the ENPRENDIA project and the FOODI project. Note: the next call for Erasmus+ CBHE will be in 2022. 

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters: An EMJM is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions. Programmes can be of 60, 90 and 120 ECTS. Their specificity lies in the high degree of jointness/integration and the excellent academic content and methodology they offer. EMJMs offer scholarships to the best student candidates applying under annual selection rounds. Study must take place in at least two of the Programme countries. Example EMJMDs involving UCD include the following programmes: NOHA, TISE, FOOD4US, EUROPUBHEALTH+.

Jean Monnet: Jean Monnet Activities are designed to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide. The activities also foster the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies. The main types of Jean Monnet activities:


The new Erasmus+ 2021-2027 programme and 2021 call was published in late March 2021. Please refer to the EU Funding and Tenders Portal for further information.


The Fulbright Programme offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States.

In 2021, eight UCD scholars were awarded Fulbright awards.  

For further information on Fulbright, please visit their website.

The Irish awards application period opens in the late summer and closes during mid-autumn. Successful applicants will undertake their exchange the following academic year. 

Universitas 21 funding opportunities 

Universitas 21 (U21) is a global network of 27 world-class universities that  empowers students, researchers and staff to share excellence, collaborate across borders and nurture international knowledge exchange. 

U21 occasionally opens calls for proposals for funding in response to emerging priorities. Recent funding opportunities have included:

For further information, please contact Eve Brosseau (

To be kept informed of future U21 funding opportunities and other network news, please sign up to the U21 newsletter here.


U21 Health Sciences Group Funding Opportunities

U21 HSG is a multidisciplinary collaborative group of 19 U21 member universities. The group includes the discipline areas of Dentistry, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, Public Health and Biomedical Sciences.

The call for applications for U21 HSG project funding to encourage collaborative, international projects for members across the U21 Health Sciences Group network closed on 5 July 2021. There were three different funding options: 

  • International Projects Fund 
  • Research Development Fund 
  • Student Research Fund

For full details of application guidelines and how to apply, please click here

World Universities Network Research Development Fund 

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) offers grants of up to £10,000, for one year, to seed innovative, international collaborative research among academic staff at WUN member universities to address challenges of global significance.

WUN is an alliance of 23 research-intensive universities in 12 countries, which brings together global perspectives from six continents to bear on mutual global challenges. WUN’s research agenda is informed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and drives international, interdisciplinary research through the provision of seed funding to support member universities. 

The RDF 2021 theme of Mobilising for a Sustainable Future reinforces WUN’s commitment to supporting research that addresses sustainable development. 

The results of the 2020 call for applications can be found here.  For further information, please contact Roslyn Reddy (


The 2021 call for the WUN Research Development Fund is now open. Please see the Global Engagement website for further information. Applications, submitted online to are due Friday 24 September.

SFI-Irish Aid SDG Challenge - VIETNAM

SFI, in partnership with Irish Aid, has launched the ‘SDG Challenge’, a new funding opportunity for HEIs in Ireland and selected partner countries (beginning in 2021 with South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Uganda and Vietnam). 

The SDG Challenge seeks to support diverse, transdisciplinary teams to develop transformative, sustainable solutions that will contribute to addressing global development challenges. Each year of the funding call will focus on a different SDG, with this year’s focus being SDG3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, and related goals and targets.

Successful teams will be awarded up to €300k and will work through a series of phases to develop their idea. An overall prize of €1 million will be available to the team that demonstrates the highest potential for transformative impact. 

Full details are available on the SFI website and tweets on the SFI and Irish Aid twitter pages. The deadline for applications is 6 October 2021.  

Government of Ireland International Academic Mobility Programme

The GOI IAMP is an initiative funded by the Irish Department of Education and Skills that supports the outward mobility of HEI staff to develop teaching, learning and research collaborations with HEIs and organisations from any country around the world. In 2018 and 2019, UCD was awarded 13 GOI IAMP projects totalling €116,657 in funding.

The 2020 call for GOI IAMP was cancelled due to Covid-19. 

No announcement has been made yet regarding future calls.

Research Funding

The Research Programmes team in the Office of the Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact helps researchers identify funding opportunities and develop applications.

For more information on research funding opportunities, upcoming calls for proposals, and local and central supports available, please visit this website.

Please refer to funding agency websites for information on upcoming calls for proposals.