Funded Opportunities for Staff
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Funded Opportunities for Staff

There are many 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 

Open calls
Types of funding Calls for application


Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport. The Programme’s priorities for the period 2021-2027 are inclusion and diversity, digital transformation, environmental sustainability and democratic participation. Erasmus+ provides funding opportunities for students and staff to study, train, and teach abroad as well as opportunities for organisations to collaborate.

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

The 2024 Erasmus+ call for funding was published on 28 November 2023. 
View information about the call here.
View deadlines for individual actions below. 

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). 

Find out more here.

Deadline: 20 February 2024, 12:00 CET.
An internal deadline of 19 January applies to proposals for Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility.
Contact for an expression of interest form. 

Virtual exchanges in higher education and youth Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange projects (EVE) are projects designed to offer online people-to-people activities that promote intercultural dialogue and soft skills development. 

Find out more here.

Deadline: 25 April 2024, 17:00 CET.

Cooperation Partnerships Transnational projects designed to enable organisations 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

Find out more here.

Deadline: 5 March 2024, 12:00 CET.

Capacity Building projects in the field of Higher Education: Transnational cooperation projects, based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between organisations active in the field of higher education between Programme countries and eligible third countries not associated to the programme. CBHE projects support activities that aim to increase the relevance, quality, modernisation, and responsiveness of higher education. Example projects involving UCD include the IHOD project, the ENPRENDIA project and the FOODI project.  

Find out more here. Watch a recording of a webinar on Capacity Building projects here.
Deadline: 8 February 2024, 17:00 CET

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters: Integrated, transnational study programmes, 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 EMJMs involving UCD include the following programmes: NOHA, TISE, FOOD4US, EUROPUBHEALTH+.

Find out more here. Watch a webinar on Erasmus Mundus here.
Deadline: 15 February 2024, 17:00 CET

Jean Monnet: Jean Monnet actions in the field of higher education support 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:

Find out more here.

Deadline: 1 February 2024, 17:00 CET

Research Funding

The Research Programmes team in the Office of the Vice-President for Research, Innovation helps researchers identify funding opportunities and develop funding 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. 
Forthcoming calls
Types of funding Calls for application
Universitas 21 funding opportunities 

Universitas 21 (U21) is a global network of 29 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 The U21 Graduate Collaborative Research AwardsThe U21 Global Education Enhancement Fund and The U21 Researcher Resilience Fund.

For further information, please contact Dr Colleen Doyle (

To be kept informed of future U21 funding opportunities and other network news, please sign up to the U21 newsletter.
Una Europa Seed Fund
The Una Europa Seed Fund 2022 call aimed to consolidate academic collaboration in each of the five Una Europa Focus Areas, through the funding of  one Una Europa Chair per Focus Area:
Research teams consisting of senior academics in at least two partner universities and one Project Chair will be responsible for designing and delivering a defined project in one of the Focus Areas. The nominated chair will carry out a fellowship of minimum 2 months in one of the Una Europa universities during the period 1 January 2023 to 31 July 2023.
The 2022 call for applications closed on 29 July 2022. 
Closed calls
Types of funding Calls for application
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 30 June 2023. There were three different funding options: 
  • International Projects Fund 
  • Research Development Fund 
  • Student Research Fund
Full details of application guidelines and how to apply can be found on the U21 Health Sciences website.
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
Applications for the 2024-25 programme closed on 15 September 2023.
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 2021-2024. It is operated by UCD Global on behalf of the Vice-President for Global Engagement.Applications are invited under one of three strands:
  1. ‘Building Global Partnerships’, relating to activities that advance the University’s global partnerships;
  2. ‘Advancing Global Networks’, to pursue cooperation between UCD and one or more Network partners;
  3. ‘New Directions’, providing the opportunity to pursue innovative and novel global engagement activities.
The 2022 calls for applications was closed on 13 June 2022. The next call for applications is expected to be published during 2024.
For further information, please email Shane Lordan:
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. 
The call for applications closed on 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.
UCD-China Link Outward Mobility Scholarship 2022
The UCD-China Link has been developed to support UCD staff and students to establish and enhance outward mobility exchanges with Chinese Universities.
As part of this initiative 20 scholarships are available for a research or study opportunity at a Chinese partner:
  • To UCD academic staff or research students
  • At any time during the 2022/23 academic year
  • For any period from 1 to 12 months
  • Any research discipline other than Chinese language
The funding will cover any tuition and will provide free accommodation, comprehensive medical insurance and a monthly stipend of CNY 3,000 (~€400). Research students will also benefit from a €1,000 travel bursary.
The 2022 call for the scholarship is now closed.