Funding Available In Ireland

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board

Galway Office: Queensgate, 23 Dock Road, Galway. Dublin Office: 14-16 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2.  
Tel: 091-561398; Email:

Funding for development, production and distribution is provided through a range of programmes as follows:

  • Development (Fiction Development Loans, First Draft Loans, Animation Development Loans, International Development Loans, Multiple Project Development)
  • Production (Fiction, Irish Production, Creative Co-production, International Production, Animation, Documentary, Short Films, Regional Support, Completion, Catalyst Project)
  • Distribution ( Print Provision, Marketing Support, New Distribution/Exhibition Support)

Co-operation Ireland

Dublin Office: 20 Herbert Place, Dublin 2 
Tel: 01 6610588; Email:

Co-operation Ireland is the leading peace-building charity on the island of Ireland. Our mission is to 'advance mutual understanding and respect by promoting practical co-operation between the people of Northern Ireland and of the Republic of Ireland'. Our programmes involve linking groups in the following areas and sectors: Schools and universities, Youth and community groups, Local authorities, Media, Local and central government, Businesses and business networking/training organisations.

Since it was established in 1979, Co-operation Ireland has created opportunities for groups from the two main religious communities in Northern Ireland and from both sides of the border to come together so they can learn about each other's traditions and cultural backgrounds in order to help build a society which is based on tolerance and acceptance of cultural difference. Co-operation Ireland is experienced in Breaking down sectarianism and racism, Encouraging integration of communities, Delivering funding programmes, which encourage the creation of vibrant societies, Developing bespoke peace and reconciliation programmes for groups and organisations based in other conflict zones around the world, Organisation and management of events, conferences and fundraising challenges, which promote community engagement.

Funding is available in the following areas:

  • EU Funding Programmes
  • Modernisation Fund Capital Programme
  • Irish Peace Centres

Enterprise Ireland

Contact: Enterprise Ireland, East Point Business Park, Dublin 3.  Tel: 01 7272000.

FP7 Coordination Support for Academics

The maximum grant for academic coordinatiors under this support is €12,500.  All research projects are eligible.  Eligiblity includes researchers employed in publicly-funded research performing organisations. Additional information can be found here

FP7 Travel Grants for Academic Researchers

Researchers based in all Irish research performing organisations can apply to faciltate  multiple visits to meet research partners in other countries.  Additional information can be found here.

Health Research Board

73 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 

Tel: +353-1-676 1176 Fax: +353-1-661 2335 

The Health Research Board is a statutory body that promotes, funds, commissions and conducts medical, epidemiological and health services research in Ireland. The HRB encourages research that translates into improved diagnosis, understanding, treatment and prevention of disease and improves efficiency and effectiveness of the health services. The HRB works closely with partners in Northern Ireland, the United States and Europe to promote health research on the island of Ireland.
The Health Research Board provides funding and support for research under two strategic strands, Science for Health and Research and Development for Health.

Higher Education Authority

3rd Floor, Marine House, Clanwilliam Court, Dublin 2 

Tel: +353-1-6612748, Lo-Call: 1890-200 637 Fax: +353-1-6610492 

The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and development body for higher education and research in Ireland. The HEA has wide advisory powers throughout the whole of the third-level education sector. In addition, it is the funding authority for the universities and a number of designated education institutions.

The portfolio of HEA funding activities directed at generating core capacity and capability in the research system are:
- The Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) which provides support for institutional strategies, inter-institutional collaboration, large research programmes and infrastructure.
- The North South Research Programmes which provides support for cross border collaboration so as to (a) enhance capabilities on the island of Ireland and to (b) to contribute to peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland.
- The Fund for Collaborative Research between Irish Third Level institutions and Media Lab Europe which fosters collaborative interdisciplinary research, in media, materials, and methods, is administtered by the HEA on behalf of the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.
- The Transport Research Programme administered by the HEA on behalf of the Department of Transport and launched in 2002.

International Fund for ireland

PO Box 2000, Dublin 2. 

Tel: +353-1-478 0655 
Fax: +353-1-475 1351

The International Fund for Ireland is a unique organisation established by the British and Irish governments in 1986 to promote economic and social advance and to encourage contact, dialogue and reconciliation between nationalists and unionists throughout Ireland.
The Fund gives priority to projects located in the most disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland and the six Southern border counties.

The Board of the Fund has structured it's Programmes for the delivery of support to projects under three main headings:
Regeneration of Deprived Areas which provides major focus for the Fund's work in the disadvantaged areas
Community Capacity Building which is the most people orientated component of the Fund's work
Economic Development which focuses on economic regeneration.

Ireland Canada University Foundation

Professor John Kelly, Executive Secretary, ICUF, 

c/o 4th Floor, Canada House, 
65 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 

The Ireland Canada University Foundation is a non-profit making organisation established in 1993 for the purpose of encouraging and facilitating links between scholars in Ireland and institutions and scholars in Canada. Its concern is particularly focused upon emerging scholars, and its operation is primarily directed towards the provision of scholarships covering travel costs and short-term visits.

The Foundation advertises its scholarships each year. Valued at CAN$6000 each, they are designed to assist Irish scholars in visiting a Canadian University or institution to undertake research into a topic related to both countries. The scholarship covers travel and accommodation costs.
These awards are designed principally for young scholars who are currently engaged in research in any discipline which is related to both Ireland and Canada, or who are commencing such research. The funding is provided to meet the costs of a three or four week visit to an institution or university in the other country and the precise details for such visits are left to the scholars to decide on and arrange themselves.

Ireland Funds

Grants Office, 

The Ireland Funds, 
5 Foster Place, Dublin 2 
Tel: +353-1-662 7878 Email:

The mission of The Ireland Funds is to be the largest worldwide network of people of Irish ancestry and friends of Ireland dedicated to raising funds to support programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development. The heart of the work of the Ireland Funds in Ireland is the annual grant round. Funded by the American Ireland Fund from the profits on events, the grant round provides $1.3 million which is used to fund a large number of small projects.

The Ireland Funds support projects in the following four areas:
Arts and Culture
Community Development
Peace and Reconciliation

The Irish Fulbright Commission

The Fulbright Commission / EducationUSA

Brooklawn House
Crampton Avenue
Shelbourne Road
Dublin 4

Tel: 01-660 7670, Fax: 01-660 7668, 
Email: info

The Fulbright Commission in Ireland annually awards scholarships to Irish and EU postgraduate students, scholars, and professionals to study, research, and lecture across all disciplines in the US. Fulbright Awards include a monetary grant, visa administration, accident and emergency insurance, and cultural and professional programs while in the US. 

The Irish Research Council

1st Floor Brooklawn House, 

Crampton Avenue (off Shelbourne Road), 
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 
Tel: +353-1-660 3652 Fax: +353-1-6603728,

The Irish Research Council was formally launched by the Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, on 29 March 2012. A sub-board of the Higher Education Authority, the Council was established through a merger of the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). Building on the solid foundations laid down by the former Councils, the 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.

National Committee for Development Education

Bishop's Square, 

Redmonds Hill, 
Dublin 2 (entrance on Kevin Street) 
Tel: +353-1-478 9456 Fax: +353-1-476 0466 

Development Cooperation Ireland (DCI) is the Government of Ireland’s programme of assistance to developing countries. Ireland has had an official development assistance programme since 1974. It has grown steadily over the years from modest beginnings to its current size (total ODA in 2005 is €545 million).
To be eligible for funding from NCDE your education work must deal with issues in developing countries. The content or subject matter must include a local-global or a global-local dimension, i.e. there should be some attempt to link issues at a local level in Ireland and at a global level.

National University of Ireland

The Registrar, 

National University of Ireland, 
49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 
Tel: +353-1-439 2424 Fax: +353-1-439 2477 

NUI, National University of Ireland, is a federal university comprising the largest element of the Irish university system at the present time. The continuing mission for NUI in modern Ireland is to provide a supportive framework for its confederate institutions, to promote the objects of the University, thus contributing to educational, cultural, social and economic advancement.
Since its foundation in 1908, the National University of Ireland has been fortunate to receive a number of generous trusts and bequests. These funds have been invested and the income generated has been used to finance Scholarships and Prizes in accordance with the wishes of the benefactors of the University. Over time, the capital value of the University’s funds has been significantly enhanced. In 1998, the Senate, with expert advice, re-structured the NUI portfolio of investments. The combined annual value of NUI awards is now in excess of 0.8 million euro. 
An information booklet giving full details of these awards is published annually. It may be obtained from the NUI Office.

University College Cork

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, 3rd Floor, Block B, 

O'Rahilly Building, UCC 
Tel: +353-21-4902361 Fax: +353-21-4903364 

The College provides the following through its Development Fund:
- Research Achievement Awards
- College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Conference Fund
- College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Research Fund
- College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Research Publication Fund

Members of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences will be notified of any upcoming closing dates for this scheme

College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

Coláiste na nEalaíon, an Léinn Cheiltigh agus na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta

College Office, Room G31 ,Ground Floor, Block B, O'Rahilly Building, UCC