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National Funding Opportunities for Researchers

The list below presents a highlighted subset of available research grants from national funding agencies. Please click on a title to see more detail.

If you are applying for funding, in adherence with WIT policy, please complete the Research Grant Application Notification form.

Science Foundation Ireland
US-Ireland R&D Partnership Programme (deadline: SFI has no control over the deadlines set by NSF.  You are strongly advised to consult with your US partner for information on NSF call deadlines. The US partner makes the submission on behalf of the Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland applicants and should therefore be familiar with NSF programmes and submission systems. Close‐to‐final applications MUST be submitted to SFI at least 6 weeks in advance of the NSF deadline or, if applicable, the deadline at the US University’s Research Office in advance of the NSF full proposal deadline.)
  • Details:

    Under the US-Ireland R&D Partnership programme, a ‘single-proposal, single-review’ mechanism is facilitated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) who accept submissions from tri-jurisdictional (USA, NI and RoI) teams to a number of their existing funding programmes.  The overall goal of the Partnership is to increase the level of collaborative R&D amongst researchers and industry professionals across the three jurisdictions.    The aim is to have valuable discoveries and innovations which are transferable to the marketplace, or will lead to enhancements in health, disease prevention or healthcare. The proposal must be aligned to : Sensors and Sensor Networks, Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Telecommunications or Energy & Sustainability.

  • Link

    https://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/us-ireland-rd-partnership/

  • Suited to:

    Principle Investigators, Mid-Career Research Staff and Academic Staff (see eligibility criteria).

  • Eligibility:

    To be deemed eligible for funding, a minimum of one applicant from each jurisdiction – NI, US, and RoI ‐ must be named on the proposal. Each funding agency has its own set of eligibility criteria based on the applicant’s track record. 1. The lead applicant (and co‐applicant/s) must be:   (i) A member of the academic staff of an eligible Research Body (permanent or with a contract that covers the period of the award), or   (ii) A contract researcher with a contract that covers the period of the award, or (iii) An individual who will be recognised by the Research Body upon receipt of the US‐Ireland R&D partnership programme award as a member of the academic staff or as a contract researcher as defined above. The applicant does not necessarily need to be employed by the Research Body at the time of proposal submission.   2. The applicant must hold, or have held an SFI research award (*) as either lead Principal Investigator (PI) or co‐PI. Or If the applicant is not an SFI awardee, s/he is expected to have demonstrated research independence through securing at least one independent research grant as lead investigator or as co‐investigator. 3. The applicant and any co‐applicant(s) must have held a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification for at least five years by the proposal deadline. See https://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/us-ireland-rd-partnership/US-Ireland-Call_NSF-fixed-links.pdf

  • On offer:

    RoI applicants can apply to SFI for direct costs of up to €350k for a 3‐5 year duration. In addition to the direct costs, SFI also makes an indirect, or overhead, contribution to the host Research Body, which is reflected as a percentage of the direct costs (excluding equipment).   

  • How to apply:

    EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EoI) To gauge whether the proposed collaboration fits within the scope of the US-Ireland C2C agreement, partners are asked to send a short summary of the proposed collaboration to their funding agency See https://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/us-ireland-rd-partnership/

Irish Research Council
Irish Research Council Researcher of the Year Awards  (deadline: 25/09/2020 16:00 4pm (Irish time) 25 September 2020)
  • Details:

    Now in their fourth year, these awards will commend the very best of our current awardees or alumni working in academia, industry, civic society or the public sector. Nominations are invited under three categories, with guidance on submitting an application available from the RSU and on the Official IRC Website. WIT and the Research Office are encouraging exceptional researchers to go forward for nomination for an award.

  • Link

    http://research.ie/what-we-do/researcher-of-the-year-awards/

  • Suited to:

    Irish Reserch Council Awardees (Past and Current) - see eligibility

  • Eligibility:

     

  • On offer:

    Three category awards will be made for exceptional contributions from researchers in their field, one under each category. The awardees will be presented with a commemorative plaque at a ceremony in late 2020.

  • How to apply:

    Nomination forms and Guidance with further information about the nomination process are available for download on the IRC webpage http://research.ie/what-we-do/researcher-of-the-year-awards/. Please contact the RSU for suport in your application via email to [email protected]

Science Foundation Ireland
 SFI Frontiers for the Future 2020 (deadline: 08/10/2020 13:00 deadline of 8th October 2020 at 13:00 Dublin Local Time.)
  • Details:

     The SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme provides opportunities for independent investigators to conduct highly innovative, collaborative research with the potential to deliver impact, whilst also providing discrete opportunities for high-risk, high-reward research projects.  The Programme is divided into Project and Award streams. Projects will run as a fixed deadline call with a submission deadline on 8th October 2020. Awards will run as a rolling call and applicants will be free to submit applications from 1st September 2020. Application forms will be available on SESAME shortly. 

  • Link

    https://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/frontiers-for-the-future/

  • Suited to:

    WIT Post PhD Researchers & Independent Investigators

  • Eligibility:

     

  • On offer:

    Applicants can apply for either an SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme Project or an SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme Award, subject to all programme eligibility criteria being met. The fundinglevels and durations: 1> Projects: 24,36,48 months, Amount in Euro between 200,000- 480,000 (direct costs) 2> Awards: 48 or 60 months, Amount in Euro between 500,000- 1,000,000 (direct costs)

  • How to apply:

    All proposals are to be submitted via SESAME, SFI’s online grants and awards management system. SESAME will be open for applications shortly. Please note that there are separate application forms for Projects and Awards. If you are interested in making an application please contact Jo Holohan in the Research Office to assist you in set up on SESAME. If you are interested please contact [email protected] and Jo Holohan our NRPO will assist you in application.

Irish Research Council
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme (GOIPG) 2021 call (deadline: 19/10/2020 13:00 16:00 (Irish time) 29 October 2020 )
  • Details:

    The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is an established national initiative, funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and managed by the Council. In 2019 alone, we invested a total of over €13.6 million on 809 Government of Ireland Postgraduate scholars across six calls (2013-2019). The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is unique in the Irish research landscape and complements other channels for funded postgraduate education in the Irish ecosystem.

  • Link

    http://research.ie/funding/goipg/

  • Suited to:

    Final Year Undergraduate Students and Postgraduate Students.

  • Eligibility:

    Eligibility Criteria:  POSTGRADUATE - ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 1. All applicants: 1.1. must have a first class or upper second-class honours bachelor’s, or the equivalent, degree5. If undergraduate examination results are not known at the time of application, the Council may make a provisional offer of a scholarship on condition that the scholar’s bachelor’s, or the equivalent, degree result is a first class or upper second-class honours. If a scholar does not have a first class or upper second-class honours bachelor’s, or the equivalent, degree, they must possess a master’s degree. The Council’s determination of an applicant’s eligibility on these criteria is final; 1.2. must not have had two previous unsuccessful applications to the programme, including to strategic partner themes; 1.3. in the case of applications for a research master’s, must not currently hold, or have previously held, a Council scholarship;

  • On offer:

    The Scholarship offers the successful awardee  • a stipend of €16,000 per annum to commence on the 1st of September 2021 • a contribution to fees, including non-EU fees, up to a maximum of €5,750 per annum • eligible direct research expenses of €2,250 per annum

  • How to apply:

    How to Apply: All applications should be submitted via the online system by the deadline of exactly 16:00 (Irish time) on 29 October 2020. Please register your interest with the WIT Research Office via email to [email protected]

Irish Research Council
New Foundations 2020 (deadline: 20/10/2020 16:00 20th October 2020 at 4pm (Irish time))
  • Details:

    The New Foundations scheme supports eligible researchers who intend to pursue research, networking and/or dissemination activities within and across the diversity of disciplines. This scheme provides support for research actions, the development of networks and consortia, conference and workshop development, and creative approaches to the communication of scientific concepts and/or complex societal challenges for a lay audience.

  • Link

    http://research.ie/funding/new-foundations/

  • Suited to:

    Postdoctoral & experienced researcher,

  • Eligibility:

    Eligible applicants must, on the call deadline of 20th October 2020, hold a contract of sufficient duration with an eligible HEI or a recognised RPO to carry out the proposed research from the project start date of 1st May 2021 until the project end date.

  • On offer:

    The IRC are delighted to announce the new strands 5, 6 and 7 in partnership with The Creative Ireland, The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and the Department of Justice and Equality, respectively. The successful strand 1a, Enhancing Civic Society within a national context, and strand 4, in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs, will also return for the 2020 call. See full call website for details on all strands and award budget from €10,000 to €40,000.

  • How to apply:

    This year, the Call will be run on an online system (WizeHive). More information and guidance concerning the system and official Call documents are forthcoming. See http://research.ie/funding/new-foundations/ .

Irish Research Council
Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme (deadline: 19/11/2020 16:00 16:00 (Irish time) 19 November 2020)
  • Details:

    This programme aims to support suitably qualified applicants in any discipline to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at an eligible higher education institution in Ireland. Fellows will hold a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship. These fellowships can be held for either one or two years.

  • Link

    http://research.ie/funding/goipd/

  • Suited to:

    Postdoctoral & experienced researcher,

  • Eligibility:

    An applicant must have either graduated or have been certified as having fulfilled all the requirements for the award of a doctoral degree, including the submission of the hardbound corrected thesis, within the five-year period between 31 May 2016 and 31 May 2021.

  • On offer:

    a salary of €31,275 per annum employer’s PRSI contribution of €3,455 per annum (11.05% of salary) employer’s pension contribution, where applicable, of €6,255 per annum (20% of salary) eligible direct research expenses of €5,000 per annum

  • How to apply:

    How to Apply: All applications should be submitted via the online system by the deadline. Please register your interest with the WIT Research Office via email to [email protected]. Call will open very soon. 24.09.2020 - more details to come.