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Research Funding: Research Funding

The role of the DBS Research Committee is to promote and encourage research in Dublin Business School. All DBS academic staff are encouraged to secure institutional research funding and should contact the research committee directly. 

Below is a representative list of national funding agencies that offer funding opportunities for academic researchers.

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the government agency responsible for the development and promotion of the indigenous business sector. Funding is available for industry oriented research and the subsequent commercialisation of research. Enterprise Ireland also offers a range of supports and funding to companies that wish to engage in R&D.

Environmental Protection Agency (ETA)

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

Health Research Board

The Health Research Board (HRB) supports research that will create new knowledge and evidence to benefit people’s health through clinical research, patient-oriented research, population health sciences research and health services research.

Irish Research Council (IRC)

The Irish Research Council manages a suite of inter-linked research schemes, funding scholars at various career stages, from postgraduate study to senior research project-based awards. For early stage researchers, schemes include the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, the Enterprise Partnership Scheme (postgraduate and postdoctoral), the Employment Based Programme, and the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. The Research Project Grants Scheme allows researchers and research teams to expand their activities into new research areas by way of stimulus project grants and knowledge transfer initiatives.

Science Foundation Ireland 

SFI 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 majority of SFI awards are in the fields of science and engineering underpinning three Government-prioritised industrial sectors: biotechnology (Bio), information and communications technology (ICT) and sustainable energy and energy-efficient technologies.

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) aims to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. One of their key objectives is to support evidence-based responses that engage all actors, supporting innovation and enterprise for a low-carbon future. SEAI operates a number of programmes that provide financial supports to demonstrate superior energy technologies or provide essential support in specifically identified sectors.


Teagasc is the Irish institute responsible for research in agricultural production, the environment and the rural economy. Their research remit includes the dairy, beef, sheep, cereals, pig sectors as well as alternative enterprises such as forestry and bioenergy.

Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI)

CARDI Grant Programmes promote research partnerships that look at issues affecting older people in new ways. We encourage ground-breaking studies from across the island of Ireland that bring together different disciplines to help improve the lives of our older people.

Department of Agriculture Food & The Marine

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).

Fulbright Programme

The Fulbright Awards provide grants for Irish citizens and E.U. citizens who have been resident in Ireland for three or more years to research, study, or lecture in the United States on annual basis.

Heritage Council

The Heritage Council’s vision is that the value of our heritage is enjoyed, managed and protected for the vital contribution that it makes to our identity, well-being and future. The Heritage Council is a public body working in the public interest; our priorities are to support jobs, education and heritage tourism in local communities. The Heritage Council complements but importantly builds on the work of other state heritage bodies which have primary responsibility for the care of property in state ownership and the designation of protected areas.

Irish Cancer Society

Cancer research can span from cancer prevention to laboratory research, from clinical trials to quality-of-life research for survivors. We fund across the range of research areas in line with our mission to ensure fewer people get cancer and those that do have better outcomes.

Marine Institute

The Marine Institute is mandated to "undertake, to coordinate, to promote and to assist in marine research and development" in accordance with the Marine Institute Act, 1991.  Accordingly, the Institute acts as the implementing body, on behalf of its parent department (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine), for dedicated marine research funding.

National Forum for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education </td> <td class=">The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning was launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, TD in November 2012. One of its key functions will be the administration of a national grants initiative.

National Digital Research Centre

NDRC is an early stage investor in innovation. We invest directly into innovative start-ups and indirectly to improve the environment within which ventures can grow. We work with the best and brightest researchers, technologists and entrepreneurs to turn great ideas into successful ventures.

Road Safety Authority

Our research unit is responsible for collecting and analysing road safety data. This serves to deepen our understanding of why crashes happen and what we can do to prevent them.

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