Research Funding Institutions

The Irish Research Council manages a suite of inter-linked research schemes, funding scholars at various career stages, from postgraduate study to senior research project-based awards. For early stage researchers there are a number of funding opportunities operated  by open, peer-reviewed funding competitions.

These include: 

Government of Ireland Post-Graduate Scholarships and Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellowships, which fund research at pre- and  post-doctoral levels.

Enterprise Partnership Scheme is an innovative initiative where the Irish Research Council links with private enterprise and eligible public bodies to award co-funded postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships to the most promising researchers in Ireland.

Irish Research Council’s Employment-Based Postgraduate  Programme is an initiative providing postgraduate researchers with an employment-focused educational experience. More specifically, this Programme offers researchers the opportunity to undertake a Master’s or PhD degree while employed by a private company or public organisation based in the Republic of Ireland.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific- and engineering research. SFI invests in academic researchers and research teams who are likely to generate new  knowledge, cutting edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the three broad areas:

  • Biotechnology
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Sustainable Energy & Energy Efficient Technologies (Energy)

Health Research Board (HRB) supports research that will create new knowledge and evidence to benefit people’s health through clinical research, patient-oriented research, population health sciences research and health services research. The HRB supports researchers and health professionals through career development awards, project and programme awards, and infrastructure initiatives supporting health research.

Universities Ireland promotes collaboration between universities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They usually offer a  number of bursaries to students undertaking a recognised Master’s course (taught or research) in the other jurisdiction.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a statutory role in  coordinating environmental research. EPA Research has a strong focus on policy and has been driven by national regulations and European Directives.

EPA Research consists of three key pillars:

  • Climate
  • Water
  • Sustainability

A series of research calls are being announced periodically over the course of the EPA Research programme.

Teagasc is the leading organisation in the fields of agriculture and food research in Ireland, undertaking innovative research in:

  • Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation
  • Crops, Environment and Land Use
  • Food
  • Rural Economy and Development

The annual research portfolio comprises some 300 research projects,  carried out by 500 scientific and technical staff in research centres  throughout Ireland.

Irish Cancer Society research can span from the laboratory, to clinical  research, to clinical trials, to physical activity research for survivors.

For more information on funding and details about how to apply to these schemes jointly with UCD, we would advise that you talk to your potential supervisor in UCD.