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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/

Enterprise Ireland
Commercialization fund for third-level researchers (deadline: 03/07/2020 15:00 Proposals due by 3pm. This call is repeated once a year. )
  • Details:

    Enterprise Ireland invites applications for its commercialization fund for third-level researchers. This supports the development of innovations at all stages of the commercial pipeline to the point where the innovations can be commercialized as new products, services and companies in the field of science and engineering. The purpose is to improve the competitiveness of the Irish economy through the creation of technology based start-up companies and the transfer of innovations developed in HEIs and research performing organisations to industry in the Republic of Ireland. Projects should address a gap or a need in the market by developing innovations that will ideally be ready for licensing to Irish industry, or that will form the basis of a new start-up company in two to five years.

  • Link

    https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/Funding-Supports/Researcher/Funding-to-Commercialise-Research/Commercialisation-Fund.html

  • Suited to:

    Researchers in third level institutions and non-profit research agencies and organisations in the Republic of Ireland may apply.

  • Eligibility:

    Please discuss your eligibility with the TTO office - James O'Sullivan ([email protected]) and Celine Corcoran ([email protected])

  • On offer:

    Grants typically range from €80,000 to €350,000. Proposals with costs outside of this range are considered on a case by case basis.

  • How to apply:

    The applicant should seek the advice of the Technology Transfer Office (or equivalent) and Enterprise Ireland at least one month before planning your application. An online application system is available for application preparation and submission. Visit : https://enterpriseireland.smartsimple.ie/

Marine Institute
Eoin Sweeney Scholarship Award 2020 (deadline: 21/07/2020 16:00 Call Closes: Tuesday, 21st July 2020 16:00 )
  • Details:

    The Marine Institute in collaboration with PLOCAN (Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands) is pleased to announce a call for proposals from academic institutions for a structured 4-year PhD scholarship in advanced ocean technology development and/or ocean observing stem

  • Link

    https://www.marine.ie/Home/site-area/research-funding/research-funding/eoin-sweeney-scholarship-award-2020

  • Suited to:

    WIT Researchers & Full-time Academic Staff   

  • Eligibility:

    Applications for scholarships are made by full-time academic staff in third-level universities and colleges.   

  • On offer:

    The scholarship award will be up to €30,000 per annum (maximum funding of €120,000 over 4 years). This amount comprises a maintenance award of €18,000 (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine rate) to the student as well as payment of fees to the host higher education institution (HEI). The maximum fees payable to the HEI will be €6,000 per annum. The scholarship award also includes a budget of up to €6,000 per annum for research costs (travel, consumables, publications, laptop, etc.) for the sole use of the student and is payable on a reimbursement basis direct to the host institution at which the postgraduate student (scholar) is registered.

  • How to apply:

    All applications must be submitted through the Marine Institue's online grant management system (RIMS). https://marine.smartsimple.ie/s_Login.jsp. Details on registration to the system are available in the Programme Terms. Further details are available in the proposal outline document-https://www.marine.ie/Home/site-area/research-funding/research-funding/eoin-sweeney-scholarship-award-2020

Microelectronics Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI
MCCI Call for Proposals 2020 (deadline: 14/08/2020)
  • Details:

    The Microelectronics Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI), an EI/IDA Technology Centre in the field of microelectronics and solid-state circuits is launching a call for new project/program proposals. MCCI will undertake research projects across a wide range of microelectronic integrated circuit design topics, spanning certain fundamental technology areas, multiple application domains, and their four research pillars- ICT, Network Communications, Security, Smart Agri, Connected Health, Diagnostics, AI and Machine Learning.

  • Link

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  • Suited to:

    WIT Researchers in the areas of : ICT, Network Communications, Security, Smart Agri, Connected Health, Diagnostics, AI and Machine Learning

  • Eligibility:

    1. MCCI research must be industry-led  2. Proposals must be in the area of microelectronics integrated circuits design and associated algorithms  3. Proposals should strongly align with the MCCI scope of research   4. The research outputs should be of benefit to companies located in Ireland   5. The research fund must be spent within Ireland  6. Submission are invited from research providers both public and private based in Ireland   7. The research should be of a quality equivalent to post graduate / post doctorate level   8. The research should show a good match to the established strengths of the research team   A project should not duplicate work already in progress or completed 

  • On offer:

    The call welcomes feasibility studies of 3 to 12 months, Specific project proposals delivering outcomes in approximately 2 years, and Full programmes of work up to 4 years. Full call details are in the attached and should be reviewed prior to application. 

  • How to apply:

    Interested parties should submit signed proposals electronically to [email protected] no later than 14th Aug 2020. Please note this application will have to be signed by Dr. Mark White as the authorized officer of the PI institution, and letters of support from Industry or Consortium members while not required , will be looked on favorably. Please contact the Research Office for Application Forms and Call Terms via email to [email protected] {{PERIOD}}

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:

    Nominees under all three categories must be persons who, in their own name, applied for and received funding from the   Irish Research Council under one or more of the following categories: 1. Researcher of the Year 2. Early-Career Researcher of the Year 3. Impact Award (formerly Alumnus of the Year)

  • 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]

 Teagasc
 The Walsh Scholarships Programme 2021 (deadline: 09/10/2020 14:00 Applications are due via the Online Smart Simple Platform by 2pm on the 10th of September )
  • Details:

    The Walsh Scholarships Programme (formally known as Fellowships) is Teagasc’s postgraduate development programme and operates in collaboration with national and international third-level institutes.  The programme provides scholarships to postgraduates to work on research projects relevant to the Teagasc Research Programme while studying for a higher degree.

  • Link

    https://www.teagasc.ie/about/research--innovation/postgraduate-scholarships/call-for-applications/

  • Suited to:

    WIT Researchers & Full-time Academic Staff

  • Eligibility:

    Applications for scholarships are made by full-time academic staff in third-level universities and colleges in association with a Teagasc research officer. The successful applicants, in association with the co-supervisors, select the Walsh Scholars.

  • On offer:

    The Scholarship award will be €22,000 per annum. This amount comprises a maintenance award to the student which comprises of fees of up to a maximum of €6,000 per annum; the remaining balance for student maintenance allowance.

  • How to apply:

    All new Walsh Scholarships applications must be submitted using the on-line system Smart Simple (application word template attached). In order to access the Teagasc online application system, all applicants must complete a registration form. If you wish to register as an applicant please email: [email protected] To access the Teagasc Walsh Scholarships Application Portal https://teagasc.smartsimple.ie/s_Login.jsp

Science Foundation Ireland
COVID-19 Rapid Response Call. Phase 2 (deadline: 26-Aug-20 13:00 13:00 (local time, Dublin, Ireland), 26 August 2020.)
  • Details:

    SFI are pleased to announce the reopening of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Call. The second phase of this call will fund projects up to 14 months in duration that build scientific knowledge and develop novel solutions that have the potential to impact society and the economy in the short/medium term. Applications will be accepted in the following thematic areas:  • - Infection Prevention & Control • - Understanding the Virus & Host Response • - STEM-led Solutions for Stimulating & Sustaining Rapid Economic Recovery 

  • Link

    https://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/covid19-rapid-response/

  • Suited to:

    STEM based Researchers in SFI eligible Research Bodies (see full call text)

  • Eligibility:

    SFI, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland continue to support Ireland’s RD&I community in their response to COVID-19. Please note, however, that applications to this deadline call will be accepted from applicants in SFI Eligible Research Bodies only. Collaboration with industry is permitted and encouraged where appropriate. The lead researcher must from an SFI Eligible Research Body, in addition, one co-applicant may be included to co-lead the research team or consortium. Further academic and non-academic members of the team should be included as collaborators. Only academic collaborators based at an eligible Research Body may request funding. Please contact [email protected] to establish eligibility.

  • On offer:

    Awards may be up to 14 months in duration and extend to the end of 2021. Applications must request a minimum budget of €200k.

  • How to apply:

    The closing date for applications will be 26 August 2020 (13:00, local time, Dublin). Applications will be submitted via SESAME, which will be open toward the end of July. We will let you know as soon as this is live. The application form and CV templates are already available on the call website. We will be making a frequently asked questions document available on the website in the next week or so, which we will update as required throughout the application period. If you are interested please contact [email protected] and Jo Holohan our NRPO will assist you in application.