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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/

ICUF- Ireland Canada University Foundation
D'Arcy McGee Beacon Fellowships (deadline: 15/01/2021 23:00 Applications must be submitted online by 1800 hrs EST / 2300 hrs GMT on Friday, 15th January 2021. )
  • Details:

    These awards enable universities, institutions and related organisations to build engagement with leading thinkers, building international friendship through online activity This programme is designed to support universities, institutions and related organisations who wish to engage with leading thinkers from the other country. Accordingly, this programme funds both a host organisation (to support administrative costs) and the Beacon Fellow, who would; through the Beacon lecture, engage with a wider audience in the host organisation through a series of smaller group events (e.g. workshops, tutorials, seminars or masterclasses), work more closely with key individuals within the host organisation

  • Link

    http://www.icuf.ie/scholarships/darcy-mcgee-beacon-fellowship/awards/

  • Suited to:

    Academic researchers

  • Eligibility:

    Under the Beacon Fellowship we are inviting universities and related organisations to apply, to propose an individual they would like to host as a Beacon Fellow. Can you think of an inspirational Canadian person that your organisation would like to build a relationship with, someone whom you and your colleagues can learn from and potentially work with?

  • On offer:

    Irish Fellowships Irish Beacon Fellows will receive an award of € 2,500, and €600 per smaller group event. The Canadian host organisation will receive an Beacon Host award of CAD 3,000.

  • How to apply:

    Applications for the D’Arcy McGee Beacon Fellowship must be made online via Award Force, an online application platform. If you have not used Award Force in the past, you will need to set up an account, before beginning your application. To begin the application process, please click here. https://icuf.awardsplatform.com/

Irish Research Council
Ulysses 2020 (deadline: 04/02/2021 16:00 16:00 (Irish time) 4 February 2021)
  • Details:

    The aim of the Ulysses scheme is to foster new collaborations between Ireland- and France-based researchers by providing seed funding for reciprocal travel visits over the course of one year. The scheme thus facilitates the exchange of innovative ideas and approaches between Ireland- and France-based researchers across all disciplines. The Irish Research Council and the Embassy of France in Ireland are committed to supporting continued knowledge exchange between Irish and French researchers in spite of the COVID-19 crisis through appropriate forms of collaboration.

  • Link

    http://research.ie/funding/ulysses/

  • Suited to:

    Academic researchers

  • Eligibility:

    Eligible Irish-based partner(s) include academic researchers in third level institutions or publicly-funded research institutions. Eligible French-based partner(s) include academic researchers and staff in an academic institute, research institute or facility, or the R&D unit of a private company.

  • On offer:

    A Ulysses award will involve researcher(s) based in Ireland travelling to France and researcher(s) based in France travelling to Ireland. Awards will be up to a maximum of €2,500 each to Ireland- and France-based research partner(s) to cover travel and living expenses*. These awards are simultaneously receivable and must be used by end of the calendar year, 2022.

  • How to apply:

    In the first instance, please notify by email to [email protected] to indicate your intention to submit. The IRC would like One electronic copy of the application form and all related attachments must be submitted via email to [email protected] by a person authorised by their institution to hold responsibility for research grants.

Enterprise Ireland
Commercialization fund for third-level researchers (deadline: 12/02/2021 15:00 3pm on Friday 12th February, 2021.)
  • 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/researchers/research-commercialisation-supports/commercialisation-fund.shortcut.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/

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) 
DAFM competitive research funding programmes (deadline: 28/02/2021 13:00 Call Closes: 13:00 on 28 February 2021.)
  • Details:

    The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is inviting applications for funding under its competitive research funding programmes: In December 2020 DAFM updated this Programme which will now comprise a suite of the following five strands: Thematic Research Strand International Outreach Strand Strategic Studies Strand Industry Focused Strand Coordination and Support Activities . The Call topics are designed to inform policy and/or develop processes and technologies that will help address challenges and opportunities identified in various strategic reports or policy documents. For further information please visit https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/ce553-research/

  • Link

    https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/ce553-research/ 

  • Suited to:

    Academic researchers in the areas of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

  • Eligibility:

    Please discuss your eligibility with the research office - Jo Holohan [email protected] as it varies for each award strand.

  • On offer:

    Please discuss with the research office - Jo Holohan [email protected] as it varies for each award strand.

  • How to apply:

    How to Apply: Completed application forms must be submitted, using DAFM’s Research Online Portal https://dafm.flexigrant.com/no later than 13:00 on 28 February 2021. (see FAQ document attached)