Island of innovation: €40m North-South research call begins

Aim of €40m North-South research fund is to support the deepening of links between higher education institutions, researchers and research communities on the island of Ireland.

A call for applications to the €40m North-South Research Programme has been made by the Irish Government.

The investment – which aims to deepen academic links across the island of Ireland – is being provided through the Shared Island Fund.

“This is a very exciting opportunity to bring individual researchers, research teams and higher education institutions North and South together on the issues that matter to all of us”

In this first round of the North-South programme, Strand I projects may receive a maximum of €100,000 per annum for up to two years, while Strands II and III projects may receive up to €1m per annum for up to four years.

A maximum of 50pc of any award may be allocated to Northern Ireland partners.

Shared Island Fund

This announcement is the single largest allocation to date from the €500m Shared Island Fund, further highlighting the importance that the Irish Government is placing on high quality, comprehensive research, while complementing other Shared Island investments, which have focussed on long standing infrastructure projects like the Ulster Canal and Narrow Water Bridge.

“This is a very exciting opportunity to bring individual researchers, research teams and higher education institutions North and South together on the issues that matter to all of us,” said Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris, TD.

“This funding will support individual researchers based in an Irish higher education institution (HEI) to collaborate with a researcher in a HEI in Northern Ireland on an identified research project, or research teams to collaborate on an agreed work programme.”

The call is open for applications until 18 October 2021. Further details can be found here

“The HEA welcomes this opportunity for higher education and research on a shared island basis,” said HEA chief executive Dr Alan Wall.

“This programme will bring together researchers, students, enterprise and community as it is designed to allow consortia to include a wide range of stakeholders. It will support them to engage, explore and contribute to new knowledge and understanding across a wide range of areas.”

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.

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