Research funding institutions

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and represents some of the major funding institutions sponsoring students at UCD.

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.

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.

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

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 following three broad areas:

  • biotechnology
  • information and communications technology (ICT)
  • sustainable energy and energy efficient technologies (energy).

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.

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 the following: 

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.