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Research Funding: Funding Sources and Research Positions in Ireland


The following information will direct you to the research agencies, research centres and EU funding opportunities. These will highlight the opportunities for researchers at all stages to carry out research in Ireland.

Research Agencies

The following research agencies have various funding programmes for researchers. Please click on the links to see what funding programmes are relevant to you:

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Science Foundation Ireland provides grants for researchers from around the world who wish to relocate to Ireland and those already based in Ireland, for outstanding investigators, for conferences and symposia, and for collaboration with industry.

The Irish Research Council

The Irish Research Council manages a variety of inter-linked research schemes, funding scholars at various career stages, from postgraduate study to senior research project-based awards.

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. They provide support for both companies and researchers in Higher Education Institutes to develop new technologies and processes that will lead to job creation and increased exports.

Health Research Board

The Health research board provides funding to people at different stages of their careers who carry out high quality, innovative health research.


Research Positions in Irish Research Centres

There are numerous research centres around Ireland that focus on a wide range of research areas. These centres regularly recruit graduate students and post-doctoral research staff, usually advertising positions for researchers of all stages on their websites.

European Funding Opportunities

Horizon Europe (2021-2027) is the 9th European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is the biggest and most ambitious programme of its kind ever with a budget of over €95 billion. Click here to get more information about Horizon Europe.

Funding Opportunities for U.S. citizens to research, study, or lecture in Ireland

The Fulbright Program