Who's who in Irish Research

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Central Universities Research Office at IUA

The Irish Universities Association (IUA) represents, promotes and supports the seven Irish universities in developing sectoral policies and strategies and, inter alia, providing certain shared services in areas such as researcher mobility and internationalisation in addition to the National Contact Point for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) in Horizon 2020. The IUA also hosts the EURAXESS Ireland Bridgehead Organisation (BHO) and Services Centre (ESC) which is linked to a European network of over 200 EURAXESS mobility centres in 40 member states. It provides information services for researchers on mobility issues and research job opportunities and supports this information portal www.euraxess.ie 

On behalf of the Department of  Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI), the IUA EURAXESS Office administers the Hosting Agreement (EC Third Countries Directive) scheme for admission to Ireland of researchers from Third Countries.  It also maintains an inter-active database with access by the Garda National Immigration Bureau and Embassies to facilitate the effective operation of the scheme

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI)

As part of its remit, DBEI develop, promote and co-ordinate innovation, research and development policy. They influence the European and International research agenda to allow research and enterprise in Ireland avail of opportunities arising through research programmes. They fund Enterprise Ireland, SFI and the Programme for Research in Third Level Institution. They develop intellectual property policy, prepare legislation and provide an intellectual property regime which reflects the international law environment and best practice.

To facilitate researcher mobility, the Department provides funding to the Irish Universities Association (IUA), to host the national Mobility Office EURAXESS Ireland and this Portal www.euraxess.ie for all research active organisations across the academic, research agencies, private and public sector. The removal of obstacles to the mobility of researchers is a key element of Ireland’s science/technology policy. One of the key supports is the Hosting agreement Scheme.

Higher Education Authority

The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland. The role of the HEA is to create a higher education system that maximises opportunities and ensures a high quality experience for students. The HEA is the statutory funding authority for the universities, institutes of technology and a number of other designated institutions and is the advisory body to the Minister for Education and Skills in relation to the higher education sector.

Health Research Board

The Health Research Board is the lead agency in Ireland supporting and funding health research.

Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency is at the front line of environmental protection and policing. They ensure that Ireland's environment is protected, and we monitor changes in environmental trends to detect early warning signs of neglect or deterioration.


InterTradeIreland is a Cross-Border Trade and Business Development Body funded by the Department for the Economy and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland (DJEI). InterTradeIreland supports businesses, through innovation and trade initiatives, to take advantage of North/South co-operative opportunities to improve capability, drive competitiveness, growth and jobs.

Irish Research Council

The Irish Research Council delivers enhanced opportunities and benefits to Irish-based researchers. The Council will thus enable the Irish research community to contribute to the body of global knowledge across a range of disciplines, recognising the importance of research and scholarship for all aspects of social, cultural and economic development.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is Ireland’s national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research. SFI invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Advisory Science Council

The Advisory Science Council (ASC) provides policy advice to the Government on strategic technology and innovation (STI) issues and contributes towards the development and implementation of a coherent and effective national science, technology and innovation strategy.

Chief Scientific Adviser's Office

The Chief Scientific Adviser's Office provide expert advice on scientific issues of concern to the Government in scientific disciplines.

Industrial Development Authority

The Authority is Ireland's inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland partners with foreign investors, helping them to set up and develop their business in Ireland. The IDA has secured the investment in Ireland of some of the world's largest private research and development performing companies.

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. Much of this includes supporting indigenous enterprises to develop their research and development portfolios.