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Applications Open - Irish Research Council enterprise partnership funding

Posted: 26 July, 2018

The Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme is a national initiative linking excellent researchers to enterprise. The scheme co-funds awardees to bring great research ideas into an enterprise with the support of a higher education institution.

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An enterprise partner is a business, a company, a registered charity, a social, cultural or not-for-profit civic organisation, a semi-state commercial organisation or eligible public body that will co-fund the researcher for the duration of the award. More info

What a postgraduate scholarship comprises:

Awardees receive an annual package of up to  €24,00 per annum comprising of:

  • 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

The Irish Research Council (IRC) co-fund two thirds of the cost for a postgraduate researcher to undertake research directly related to an organisation’s interests. We contribute up to €16,000 per annum towards the researcher costs. The enterprise partner commits an annual contribution of €8,000. Both Irish enterprises and researchers benefit greatly from the programme. Enterprise partners co-fund excellent researchers who dedicate their time to a specific research project related to the organisation. At the end of the project, the researcher will gain workplace skills and a degree by research. The enterprise benefits from high value and in-depth research in an area closely aligned with their strategic interests.

What a postdoctoral fellowship comprises: 

Awardees receive an annual package of €45,925 including:

  • a salary of €31,275
  • employer’s PRSI contribution of €3,395 (10.85% of salary)
  • employer’s pension contribution, where applicable, of €6,255, (20% of salary)
  • eligible direct research expenses of €5,000

The IRC co-funds 2/3 of the cost for a postdoctoral researcher to undertake research directly related to an organisation’s interests. The Irish Research Council contribute up to €30,616.67 per annum towards the researcher costs. The enterprise partner commits an annual contribution of €15,308.33.

How to apply

To ensure eligibility, potential applicants should read the 2018 Terms and Conditions carefully at: Postgraduate; Postdoctoral. Applications (including academic supervisor, enterprise mentor and referee forms) will only be accepted through the online application system. 

For more details, visit the IRC website.

If you have any interest and/or questions pertaining to the scheme, or work with or know any potentially suitable applicants, please contact paul.hynds@dit.ie

Key Dates

DetailsDates
Call open 25 July 2018 (indicative)
FAQ Deadline 16:00 (Irish Time) 22 August 2018
Applicant Deadline 16:00 (Irish Time) 5 September 2018
Supervisor, Enterprise Mentor and Referee Deadline 16:00 (Irish Time) 12 September 2018
Research Office Endorsement Deadline 16:00 (Irish Time) 19 September 2018
Outcome of Scheme 30 November 2018
Fellowship Start Date 1 March 2019