Major Research Funding Agencies


Ireland is striving to create a world-class research system that drives innovation and economic success. DAFM plays an important role in this vision for the Agri-Food sector, via the publicly funded agri-food research programmes that are in place. The three primary public good research programmes run by DAFM are the Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM), and the Research Stimulus Fund (RSF) and the programme of Competitive Forestry Research for Development (COFORD).

Side by side with national research programmes, DAFM also provides the National Contact Point and National Delegate for Horizon 2020 who facilitate increased participation of Irish researchers in first-class, international research.

Directory of Research Programmes

  1. Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM)
  2. Research Stimulus Fund (RSF)
  3. Programme of Competitive Forestry Research for Development (COFORD)
  4. Horizon 2020
  5. ERA-Nets  

DBEIThe Office of Science, Technology and Innovation (OSTI) is responsible for the development, promotion and co-ordination of Ireland’s Science, Technology and Innovation policy; and Ireland’s policy in European Union and international research activities.

The OSTI is responsible for basic research funding allocated to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and consequential policy issues arising from Ireland’s investments through SFI.

Funding is also provided to Enterprise Ireland for three categories of investment:

(i) Transforming Research Development and Innovation activity in companies

(ii) Encouraging Industry Collaboration between industry and third level sector research organisations and

(iii) Commercialising the outputs of research.

The OSTI develops and co-ordinates Ireland's input in regard to EU research policies and programmes including measures to further the development of the European Research Area. It also has responsibility for the development of Ireland's policy in international research activities.


Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.

The application of research and innovation to business challenges is critical to the success of the Irish economy. We provide supports for both companies and researchers in Higher Education Institutes to develop new technologies and processes that will lead to job creation and increased exports. Use this section of the site to learn more about our research and innovation supports for businesses and researchers in Higher Education Institutes.



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

Effective management of the environment is increasingly science-driven. Through our research and development programme, the Environmental Protection Agency is generating the knowledge and expertise needed to protect and manage Ireland's environment. 

Research and Education

HEA_NewThe 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

What we're about

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

The HRB's Strategic Business Plan 2016-2020 recognises the importance of establishing a co-ordinated approach so as to achieve the highest quality health research and developing the right skills, conditions and capacity in the Irish health system, in order to accelerate the translation of research discoveries into real benefits for people.


Research Strategy


Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion, Horizon 2020 is the EU’s new programme for research and innovation and is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

Ireland is well positioned to benefit from Horizon 2020, building on our excellent performance in the last EU programme for research and development, the Seventh EU Framework Programme (FP7).

IDA Logo NewIreland's inward investment promotion agency, the IDA, is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland.  IDA Ireland partners with multinational companies to win and develop foreign direct investment, providing jobs for the economic and social benefit of Ireland. Supporting RD&I is a key part of IDA’s work with companies. We operate an R&D Grant Programme which aims to help IDA client companies start up an R&D function or significantly expand their existing one. It is available for all stages of R&D from feasibility, developing capability & competence to fully integrated R&D function. We also provide support for in-company R&D projects and collaborations with third level institutes and/or other companies are available.

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Inter Trade Ireland Logo

IntertradeIreland is the Cross-Border Trade and Business Development Body funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland (DBEI).  We support businesses through innovation and trade initiatives to take advantage of North/South co-operative opportunities to improve capability, drive competitiveness, growth and jobs. We are a small organisation making a big difference. To date 25,000 SMEs have benefited from our cross-border information, 6,000 have taken part in our all-island programmes, £700M worth of trade and business development has been generated and 3,000 new jobs created.

InterTradeIreland provides Companies and Academic Institutions with Innovation Funding, Intelligence and Contacts to help maximise cross-border collaboration opportunities. Innovating and creating new products and services, or re-thinking existing ones, can be the key to unlocking commercial success. However, Innovation and R&D requires specialist skills. Whether it’s developing those capabilities within your company or accessing them through external supports, InterTradeIreland can help. To find out about our full range of Innovation supports go to: 

HRB_newThe Irish Research Council will deliver 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.



The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). We seek to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland's 220 million acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry  through strategic funding programmes and essential scientific services; and safeguard our marine environment through research and environmental monitoring.




Playing a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices.



SFI New LogoScience 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). The Foundation also promotes and supports the study of, education in, and engagement with STEM and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and, in particular, to the growth of the economy.

SFI strongly encourages research collaboration between SFI funded scientists & engineers and industry. The Foundation has developed a suite of funding programmes which have been designed to facilitate industry to work on collaborative research projects with academia. These include mobility programmes such as the Industry Fellowship which supports the transfer of academic staff to industry and vice versa and larger scale project programmes such as the Spokes programme which allows companies to enter partnerships with SFI Research Centres.

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Teagasc is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. Its mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bioeconomy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability.

Teagasc is the leading organisation in the fields of agriculture and food research in Ireland, undertaking innovative research in:

  1. Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation
  2. Crops, Environment and Land Use
  3. Food
  4. Rural Economy and Development
  5. Our annual research portfolio comprises some 300 research projects, carried out by 500 scientific and technical staff in our research centres throughout Ireland.

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