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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.

National Forum for Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Learning Research Fellowships (deadline 27th February 2020 at 12pm)
  • Details:

    Teaching and Learning Research Fellowships are to recognise, reward and celebrate those who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the enhancement of teaching and learning. The Fellowships are being introduced by the National Forum in partnership with the Irish Research Council.

  • Link

    https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/teaching-and-learning-research-fellowships/

  • Suited to:

    This Fellowship Opportunity is suited to postdoctoral researchers and Senior Researchers in this field.

  • Eligibility:

    PhD Qualification or equivalent All applicants must be a member of staff and have a contract of employment that covers the Fellowship period i.e. up until December 2021.

  • On offer:

    The Fellowships will each have a value of €45,000. There will be three stages in the application process: a screening stage, a shortlisting stage and a Fellowship allocation stage. The Fellowship awardees will be announced on 9 June 2020. The Fellowships will commence on 1 July 2020 and end on 31 December 2021.

  • How to apply:

    To apply, please follow this link and register: https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/teaching-and-learning-research-fellowships/apply-online-teaching-and-learning-research-fellowships/

Evidence Synthesis Ireland
Evidence Synthesis Ireland Fellowship Scheme (deadline 28th January 2020 at 5pm)
  • Details:

    The ESI Fellowship scheme involves placing Fellows (in a virtual environment1) with experienced evidence synthesis centres and review teams in Ireland and internationally. Fellows will receive structured theoretical training from ESI and join an existing or new review team being led by experienced reviewers within the respective centre/group to gain hands-on evidence synthesis experience in a high-quality environment. Fellows will also receive one-to-one mentorship from a designated mentor from the review centre/group. This will afford the Fellow the opportunity of networking with a range of stakeholders in evidence synthesis and will provide direct experience for ESI Fellows in the conduct of evidence synthesis projects that ultimately inform decision making for clinical practice, health services and heath policy.

  • Link

    https://evidencesynthesisireland.ie/fellowships/

  • Suited to:

    Researchers/Academics in health and/or social care areas.

  • Eligibility:

    Fellows may be in full or part time employment, be clinicians or clinician-academic trainees, researchers and/or postgraduate students resident in the island of Ireland and working in health and/or social care areas.

  • On offer:

    Up to 16 Evidence Synthesis Ireland Fellowships are available per year. Award duration is until review completion or for up to 24 months maximum. There is a bursary for receipted travel and/or dissemination expenses up to a value of €1,000 available to each Fellow (for example to support travelling to the host centre or seminar/conference attendance). Fellows will be eligible to attend all ESI training workshops for free during their Fellowship.

  • How to apply:

    ESI Fellowship application form – Complete the Application Form (https://evidencesynthesisireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/esi-fellowship-application-form-v5-2020.docx ) and submit a signed electronic version as e-mail PDF attachment to [email protected] Please include “ESI Fellowship scheme” in the email subject line.

Irish Research Council
European Coordinated Research on Long-term Challenges in Information and Communication Sciences & Technologies ERA-NET (CHIST-ERA) (deadline 14th February 2020 at 17:00 CET)
  • Details:

    CHIST-ERA is looking for transformative and highly multidisciplinary research projects. They should explore new ideas with potential for significant scientific and technical impacts in the long term. Each year, CHIST-ERA launches a call for research proposals in two new topics of emergent scientific importance. For the 2019 call, two separate topics are addressed: Explainable Machine Learning-based Artificial Intelligence Novel Computational Approaches for Environmental Sustainability

  • Link

    http://research.ie/funding/chist-era/?f=

  • Suited to:

    This call is suited to Principal Investigators and Senior Researchers in the area of emergent technologies and ICT. Information webinar on the February 5, 2020 - to register http://www.chistera.eu/node/6885

  • Eligibility:

    Principal Investigators and Senior Researcher. The consortium is international: It must have a minimum of three partners and partners must be located in at least three distinct countries. More detail to follow.

  • On offer:

    A common funding instrument to support European research projects that engage in long-term research in the area of ICT and ICT-based sciences. Through this instrument, the national/regional funding organisations of CHIST-ERA support and join the Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) agenda. Indicative Budget for the call is 16 million.

  • How to apply:

    A two-step submission process applies. Applicants are invited to submit a pre-proposal and, if selected in the first step, to submit a full proposal. A partner search tool is provided for submitting expressions of interest by filling in a webform. All expressions of interest can be viewed here: http://www.chistera.eu/call-2019-eoi

Enterprise Ireland
Commercial Feasibility (deadline 14th February 2020, at 3pm )
  • Details:

    The Call for Proposals for the Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund will close for Applicants at 3pm on Friday 14th February 2020. If you are submitting a proposal, please contact your Technology Transfer Office and Research Office for assistance. The Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Specialists will also be happy to answer any queries. Full details on the Commercialisation Fund (CF) are available at http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/commercialisation Submit your proposal on the Enterprise Ireland online application system at https://enterpriseireland.smartsimple.ie

  • Link

    https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/funding-supports/researcher/funding-to-commercialise-research/commercialisation-fund.html

  • Suited to:

    This call is suited to Principal Investigators and Senior Researchers in the area of emergent technologies and ICT.

  • Eligibility:

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

  • On offer:

    Proposals with costs typically ranging from €80,000 to €350,000 from all disciplines in the field of science and engineering will be accepted. Proposals with costs outside this range will be 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. James O' Sllivan is our TTO in WIT. Pelase contact [email protected] for more details.

Irish Research Council
Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme (deadline 27th February 2020, at 16:00 (Irish Time))
  • Details:

    This programme supports employment-based opportunities toward the achievement of a postgraduate award at Masters or PhD level. The candidate holds dual status as an employee of the enterprise partner and a full time student of the HEI.

  • Link

    http://research.ie/funding/ebp/?f=postgraduate

  • Suited to:

    Our Graduate and Postgraduate community

  • Eligibility:

    The Scholarship supports full-time research in any discipline: The Applicant: 1. must not have had two previous unsuccessful applications to the Employment-Based Programme; 2. In the case of applications for a research master’s, must not currently hold or have previously held a Council scholarship; 3. In the case of applications for a doctoral degree, must not currently hold or have previously held any Council scholarship other than that which would have enabled them to obtain aresearch master’s degree.

  • On offer:

    The award value totals a minimum of €32,000 per annum – this is inclusive of the maximum €24,000 from the Irish Research Council and a minimum contribution of €8,000 from the Employment Partner. Typical breakdown for the student A scholarship stipend of €16,000 per annum Fee contribution of up to €5,750 per annum Research expense fund of €2,250 per annum

  • How to apply:

    Contact Jo Holohan in the RSU via email to [email protected] - Applications are made online via the IRC Smart Simple. All details are available on: http://research.ie/funding/ebp/?f=postgraduate

Irish Research Council
IRC-SPRINT (FAPESP) Networking Grant (deadline 28th April 2020,)
  • Details:

    The IRC-SPRINT is a scheme funded by the IRC in partnership with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the largest public research-funding organisation in Brazil. The partnership will support and encourage collaboration in frontier basic research conducted by researchers in Ireland and researchers in the State of São Paulo across all disciplines. A key aim of the scheme is to promote collaborative applications for international funding schemes, particularly Horizon 2020 and its successor, Horizon Europe.

  • Link

    http://research.ie/funding/irc-sprint-fapesp-networking-grant/?f=

  • Suited to:

    This call is suited to Principal Investigators and Senior Researchers

  • Eligibility:

    An eligible Ireland-based applicant must be a Principal Investigator who already holds a contract of sufficient duration with an eligible institution to carry out the proposed research from the project start date until project end date.

  • On offer:

    Awards will be up to a maximum of €8,000 each to Ireland- and State of São Paulo-based research partner(s) to cover research-related costs. The award for the Irish partner will cover mobility expenses including funds for travel (economic class air tickets), data collection, archival access, expenses to run workshops and conference for the Irish researcher(s).

  • How to apply:

    Researchers in the State of São Paulo supported by FAPESP can be found on Research Supported by FAPESP (bv-cdi). Please refer to Guide to bv-cdi FAPESP. Available at: https://bv.fapesp.br/en/pesquisa/buscador/?q=&

 Irish Cancer Society
 Irish Cancer Society Cancer Advocate Travel Bursary 2020 (deadline 10th March 2020 at 3.00pm)
Irish Cancer Society
Irish Cancer Society Summer Studentships 2020 (deadline Translational- 12th March 2020 at 3.00pm & Social and Allied Health 19th March 2020 at 3pm)
Irish Cancer Society
Translational Research Scholarships (deadline 20th February 2020)
  • Details:

    These enable science, medical, nursing and other allied healthcare graduates to undertake postgraduate training in translational biomedical cancer research.

  • Link

    https://www.cancer.ie/cancer-research/researchers-hub/apply-for-funding-open-calls/irish-cancer-society-translational-research-scholarship-programme-2020

  • Suited to:

    Translational research can be defined as “bench to bedside” or patient-focused research, whereby the aim of the research is to translate existing knowledge about cancer biology into techniques and tools that will accelerate progress towards patient benefit.

  • Eligibility:

    For the translational research scholarship programme, we will only accept translational research projects (T0.5 and/or T1 phase) **. Applications where the research is predominantly at T0 phase with some proposed aspects of the project being T0.5 phase will not be accepted.

  • On offer:

    Scholarships are worth up to €36,000 per year for up to four years.

  • How to apply:

    All applications must be submitted through the online grant management system by 3.00pm, Thursday 20 February 2020. Grant management system- https://grants.cancer.ie

Irish Cancer Society
Research fellowship for social, nursing and allied health sciences (deadline 03rd March 2020 at 3pm)
Irish Cancer Society
Translational Research Fellowship (deadline 11th March 2020)
  • Details:

    This enables early-career cancer researchers to develop as independent researchers in their chosen area of translational cancer research. Fellowships are worth up to €223,000 each over three years.

  • Link

    https://www.cancer.ie/cancer-research/researchers-hub/apply-for-funding-open-calls/translational-research-fellowship-2020

  • Suited to:

    early-stage (0-4 years’ experience post-PhD) cancer researchers to develop as independent researchers in their chosen area of translational cancer research

  • Eligibility:

    For the translational research fellowship scheme, we will only accept translational research projects (T0.5 and/or T1 phase) **. Applications where the research is predominantly at T0 phase with some proposed aspects of the project being T0.5 phase will not be accepted.

  • On offer:

    The maximum funding granted for a Fellowship is €223,000 over three years. Applicants may also apply for a further €7,000 for mobility funding to travel to a national or an international research institution for up to a maximum of six months during the Fellowship.

  • How to apply:

    All applications must be submitted through the online grant management system by 3.00pm (GMT) Wednesday, 11 March 2020. Grant management system- https://grants.cancer.ie

Science Foundation Ireland
Research professorship programme- Call for Expressions of Interest for the Next Call (deadline 28th February 2020)
  • Details:

    This enables research bodies in the Republic of Ireland to recruit world-leading researchers for professorial chairs, or similar research leadership positions in targeted scientific areas.

  • Link

    https://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/sfi-research-professorship/

  • Suited to:

    world-leading scientists and engineers

  • Eligibility:

    The current call to the SFI Research Professorship Programme will close soon, with a new call launching in March 2020. Expressions of Interest in the current call may be submitted up to the close-of-business on Friday 28th February. Details regarding the new call will follow in the coming days – for more information, please contact [email protected]

  • On offer:

    Funding is worth up to €1 million per year over five years. Maximum award: €5,000,000

  • How to apply:

    Given the outstanding nature of the individuals this programme is intended to support, submission of Full Proposals will be by invitation only following an Expression-of-Interest phase during which SFI will work closely with the host Research Body.

French Embassy
high level scientific mobility grants (deadline 29th February 2020)
  • Details:

    These grants will fund researchers (from early stage to confirmed) based in Ireland to spend one month in a research laboratory in France, before December 2020.

  • Link

    https://ie.ambafrance.org/High-level-scientific-mobility-grants

  • Suited to:

    PhD students, postdocs or researchers

  • Eligibility:

    Eligible candidates are PhD students, postdocs or researchers working in an Irish institution who take part in high level research programmes and cultural, scientific, technical or industrial exchanges with France.

  • On offer:

    There are two categories of funding: Early stage researcher – 1704€ Confirmed researcher – 2055€ The mobility project must last one month and take place between May 1st and November 30th 2020.

  • How to apply:

    Applications must be sent before 29 February on the France Alumni Ireland platform here: https://www.francealumni.fr/en/position/ireland/agenda/mobility-grant-4819 - To apply, candidates must register on France Alumni and fill in the form on the call for proposal webpage. The page is only visible after signing in.

ESRC-IRC
ESRC-IRC UK-Ireland Networking Grants (deadline 20th May 2020, at 16:00 )
  • Details:

    Open Call: The IRC with the ESRC-UKRI have opened a new joint call, aimed at fostering networking, cooperation and long-lasting ties between UK and Irish Social Science Researchers (as a response to the current political and economic uncertainties, which might affect the relationship between these research communities). The intention is that the networking activities supported through these grants will enable new relationships between UK and Irish researchers to be formed; for existing relationships to be strengthened; and for the overall level of connection between the UK and Irish Social Science communities to be enhanced. As such, there are no thematic restrictions within this call.

  • Link

    http://research.ie/funding/uk-ireland-social-sciences-networking-grants/?f=principal-investigator-led

  • Suited to:

    Principal Investigators & Senior Researchers

  • Eligibility:

    Co-Principal Investigators must comprise of one academic based in the UK and one academic based in Ireland. For the sole purpose of the electronic submission process, the UK Co-PI must be named as the ‘Principal Investigator’ in the application submission form and take responsibility for submission of the proposal (on Je-S). All other investigators (including the Irish Co-PI) must therefore be listed as Co-Investigators.

  • On offer:

    The overall budget for this call is £200,000 co-funded between ESRC and IRC. Proposals must include a UK component of maximum £10,000 GBP and an Irish component of maximum €11,800 EUR (at 100% non‑standard fEC).

  • How to apply:

    Please note that following the launch of this call, submissions via Je-S will become available on Monday 2 March 2020. Proposals must be submitted through the UKRI Joint Electronic Submissions System (Je-S) by the UK Principal Investigator’s research organisation: https://je-s.rcuk.ac.uk/JeS2WebLoginSite/Login.aspx

Science Foundation Ireland
US-Ireland R&D Partnership Programm (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/

HRB & IRC Joint Call
COVID-19 Pandemic Rapid Response Funding Opportunity (COV19) 2020 (deadline 9th of April 2020 at 1pm )
  • Details:

    In response to the fast evolving COVID-19 pandemic, HRB in cooperation with the IRC, are launching a rapid response mechanism to fund research that will provide evidence for the national and global efforts to deal with the virus outbreak. The research priorities of this call are aligned with the WHO R&D Blueprint  and informed by the Global Infectious Disease Collaboration for International Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R). The scope of this funding call covers medical countermeasures, health service readiness, and social and policy countermeasures to COVID-19. HRB may fund awards under any of these headings whilst the IRC will fund a number of awards under the social and policy countermeasure strand. The duration of awards is between 3 and 24 months, and deliverables should emerge as early as possible. Projects of immediate relevance will be prioritised over those with longer-term outlook. 

  • Link

    https://www.hrb.ie/funding/funding-schemes/all-funding-schemes/grant/covid-19-pandemic-rapid-response-funding-call-cov19-2020/

  • Suited to:

    Health Researchers- Mid career & Senior career in Health services research, Patient-oriented and clinical research, Population health research

  • Eligibility:

    The Lead Applicant must demonstrate that they have the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to direct the proposed research and to be actively engaged in carrying the research through to completion. 

  • On offer:

    Typically up to €200,000, in exceptional circumstances higher- Duration of funding is 3-24 months

  • How to apply:

    All applications must be made using the HRB Grant Electronic Management System (GEMS) https://grants.hrb.ie. GEMS will close automatically at the deadline.

SFI, IDA, EI 
SFI-EI-IDA-COVID-19-Rapid-Response-Call (deadline The call is open now until further notice.  )
  • Details:

    The Government's main research and innovation agencies, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland are interested in incentivising RD&I activities that will impact positively on the current crisis.  This joint rapid response call to fund RD&I activities that will deliver significant and timely impact for Ireland within the context of the current emergency. This call will be closely co-ordinated with the rapid response call launched by the Health Research Board and Irish Research Council If you are a researcher, innovator, developer and have identified a specific problem area for which you consider you could develop an impactful and innovative solution and you need financial or other support from Science Foundation Ireland or other national funders, please read the SFI, Enterprise Ireland, IDA COVID-19 Rapid Response Please refer to the Funding Call Document  and follow the instructions on how to submit an application. Please email specific queries on this to [email protected]

  • Link

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

  • Suited to:

    researchers, innovators, developers at all career stages

  • Eligibility:

    Under this call, any Research Performing Organisation (RPO); a client company of one of the following government agencies Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Údaras Na Gaeltachta or Local Enterprise Office (LEO); or any combination of the preceding may submit a proposal for support of a solution to a significant specific problem associated with the COVID-19 crisis in Ireland.

  • On offer:

    TBD- Depending on the scope of your identiedf R&D activity and the available budget. The call is open now until further notice.  The project planned must be operational within 6 months. Projects proposing to deliver impact as rapidly as possible will be prioritised. Potential applicants are advised to consider their eligibility and the suitability of their proposal and to consider the most appropriate mechanism- see call documentation on the Website.

  • How to apply:

    The application form is short and succinct and given the purpose of the Rapid Response Call, it is intended to emphasise: (i) the nature of problem to be addressed and why it is important now (ii) the potential impact and feasibility of the proposed solution (iii) the appropriateness of the team, its experience and resources to deliver the proposed project in the time-frame indicated (including any partnerships and environment) (iv) appropriateness of the milestones, deliverables and timelines   To apply, applicants must download and complete an official application  form available on the call website. https://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/covid19-rapid-response/SFI-EI-IDA-COVID-19-Rapid-Response-Call.pdf Following completion, this file should be converted to PDF format and submitted to [email protected] Applications will be accepted at any time while the call is open, as detailed above. For applications being submitted by HEI applicants, please copy your local research office. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged. Contact Jo Holohan in RSU if you intend to submit an application.