Research Funding Sources
The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts. They work in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.
The Arts Council,
70 Merrion Square,
Callsave: 1850 392492
Tel: +353 1 6180200
Fax: +353 1 676 1302
Current Arts Council funding opportunities can be found here
Cordis is the official entry point to Europe’s Seventh Framework Programme for research and technology development (FP7), its specific programmes, activities, themes and latest developments.
Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts.
Their mission is to provide advice and support services to artists and arts organisations working collaboratively with communities of place and/or interest
Artists and arts organisations working collaboratively with communities of place and /or interest is widely seen as one of the most vibrant and challenging areas of arts practice, requiring skills of negotiation and project management. The exploratory processes and practices of collaborative arts demand different approaches to traditional definitions of art, artists and arts development.
Create responds to these demands by offering a range of services for artists and arts organisations which include Professional Development, Learning Development, Project Management and Consultancy and Projects and Initiatives that support and develop collaborative arts.
10/11 Earl Street South,
Tel: 01- 473 6600
Fax: 01-473 6599
Information on the artist in the community scheme can be found here
The Council of Directors of Institutes of Technology*, was incorporated in June 2005 as a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. It enables the Directors of the 13 Institutes of Technology established under the 1992 RTC's Act to co-ordinate the work of the Institutes nationally and it resources the Management Teams of the Institutes in the discharge of their duties towards their respective Institutions.
4 Lower Hatch Street
Tel: 01 676 9898
Fax: 01 676 9033
Technological Sector Research Scheme
Strand I - Post-Graduate R&D Skills Programme
The Post-Graduate R&D Skills Training Programme is concerned with the provision of research and development training for highly skilled graduates leading to the award of a postgraduate research degree at least at masters degree level.
Strand II - Enterprise Platform Programme
The Enterprise Platform Programme is concerned with the provision of systematic enterprise development training programmes in Institutes of Technology. It is intended for Graduate Entrepreneurs and aims to train them in the skills required to establish and run their own businesses.
Strand III - Core Strength Enhancement
The purpose of the Strand III funding scheme is to support institutionally and sectorally relevant research by core strength enhancement. Funds will be used to establish new research strengths, including self-sustaining research teams within the institutes.
Details are circulated by the development office when the call is made.
The Embark Initiative is managed by IRCSET - the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology which was established in June 2001 by the Minister for Education and Science, in order to promote excellence in research across the sciences, engineering and technology. The Council's operations are funded by the State tdivough the National Development Plan.
Tel: +353 1 231 5000
Fax: +353 1 231 5009
Please note that these embark initiative Funding schemes are researcher led (they apply as opposed to the institution) and are listed here.
They are the Irish state development agency focused on transforming Irish industry. Their core mission is to accelerate the development of world-class Irish companies to achieve strong positions in global markets resulting in increased national and regional prosperity.
They have six key action areas in our technology offer each including a range of activities.
R&D and Innovation within your enterprise
R&D Collaboration with third-level colleges and with other companies
International R&D Collaboration
Tel: + (353 1) 808 2000
Fax :+( 353 1) 808 2020
Innovation Partnerships - Companies and Colleges working together
Tdivough their Innovation Partnerships Initiative they bring together companies and third-level researchers to work on specific R&D projects.
Innovation Partnerships details can be found here
They seek to encourage and facilitate high quality applied research aimed at the commercial exploitation of knowledge. In doing so, it is recognised that this process is an uncertain activity and that the conversion of scientific principles into the commercial environment requires sustained support.
As part of its commitment to facilitating the commercialisation of research, Enterprise Ireland is bringing a range of supports together under a Commercialisation Fund.
Commercialisation Fund details can be found here
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has responsibilities for a wide range of licensing, enforcement, monitoring and assessment activities associated with environmental protection. In this section you will find information describing how we perform our duties in these areas, as well as the rules and procedures we follow in administering the applicable environmental laws and regulations. You will also find detailed information on environmental quality, monitoring programmes, technical guidance, licensing and enforcement.
PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
Lo Call: 1890 335599
Effective management of the environment is increasingly science-driven. Tdivough their research and development programme, the Environmental Protection Agency is generating the knowledge and expertise needed to protect and manage Ireland's environment.
Find out more about the epa research programmes here.
The Health Research Board (divB) is the lead agency in Ireland supporting and funding health research. They provide funding, maintain health information systems and conduct research linked to national health priorities. Their aim is to improve people's health, build health research capacity and make a significant contribution to Ireland's knowledge economy.
73 Lower Baggot St,
T: +353 1 234 5000
F: +353 1 661 2335
divB funding available is listed here
The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and development body for higher education and research in Ireland. The HEA has wide advisory powers tdivoughout the whole of the third-level education sector. In addition it is the funding authority for the universities and a number of designated higher education institutions.
The Principal Functions of the HEA are
To further the development of higher education.
To maintain a continuous review of the demand and need for higher education.
To assist in the coordination of state investment in higher education and to prepare proposals for such investment.
To allocate among universities and designated institutions the grants voted by the Oireachtas.
To promote the attainment of equality of opportunity in higher education and democratisation of higher education.
Tel. (01) 231 7100
Fax (01) 231 7172
Information on HEA funding schemes is listed here.
Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board aims to ensure the continuity of production and availability of Irish films to home and international audiences. The Board was reconstituted in April 1993 by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands under the Film Board Act 1980, and as amended in 1993, 1997, and 2000.
Bord Scannán na hÉireann provides loans and equity investment to independent Irish film-makers to assist in the development and production of Irish films. The Board also acts in co-operation with other Irish semi-state agencies to improve the marketing, sales and distribution of Irish films and to promote training and development in all areas of filmmaking. Employment of Irish film workers and the use of ancillary Irish services is a vital factor in the Board's consideration of applications.
The Board assists a number of films in development and provides production loans for feature films each year. It also funds animation and documentaries in addition to a series of initiatives dedicated to promoting talent. These schemes include Short Cuts, Short Shorts, Frameworks, and Oscailt.
Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board
23 Dock Road,
ifb funding guidelines can be found here.
The Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) was established in 2000 by the Minister for Education and Science in response to the need to develop Ireland's research capacity and skills base in a rapidly-changing global environment where knowledge is key to economic and social growth. With the support of the National Development Plan, the IRCHSS funds cutting-edge research in the humanities, social sciences, business and law with the objective of creating new knowledge and expertise beneficial to Ireland's economic, social and cultural development.
First Floor, Brooklawn House,
Crampton Avenue (off Shelbourne Road),
Tel: +353-(0)1-660 3652
Fax: +353-(0)1-660 3728
Information on IRCHSS funding schemes is listed here
The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). They seek to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland's 220 million acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry tdivough strategic funding programmes and essential scientific services; and safeguard our marine environment tdivough research and environmental monitoring.
Marine Institute Headquarters
Phone: +353 91 387 200
Fax: +353 91 387 201
Marine Institute funding available is listed here
The Royal Irish Academy, the academy for the sciences and humanities for the whole of Ireland will vigorously promote excellence in scholarship, recognise achievements in learning, direct research programmes and undertake its own research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage.
19 Dawson Street,
RIA funding available is listed here
Safefood, the Food Safety Promotion Board - in the Irish language, An Bord um Chur Chun Cinn Sabháilteachta Bia - is an implementation body established under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement on 2 December 1999. The Board's governing legislation is the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999 and the North-South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) Northern Ireland Order 1999.
The governing legislation confers the following specific functions on the board:
Promotion of food safety
Research into food safety
Communication of food alerts
Surveillance of foodborne disease
Promotion of scientific co-operation and laboratory linkages
Development of cost-effective facilities for specialised laboratory testing.
Food Safety Promotion Board,
Lower Abbey Street,
Tel +353 (0)1 4480600
Fax +353 (0)1 4480699
Safefood funding available is listed here
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is a key organisation in the implementation of the NDP 2007-2013 and the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013. A sum of €8.2 billion has been allocated for scientific research under the NDP and SSTI of which SFI has responsibility to invest €1.4 billion. SFI will continue to invest in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields underpinning two broad areas:
Information and communications technology
Wilton Park House
Tel: + 353 (0)1 607 3200
Fax: + 353 (0)1 607 3201
The full list of sfi grants and awards are listed here
Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities. It was established in September 1988 under the Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Act, 1988.
Tel: +353 59 917 0200
Fax: +353 59 918 2097
Information on Teagasc Research Programmes are listed here