Science Foundation Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is a key organisation in the implementation of the NDP 2007-2013 and the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013. A sum of €8.2 billion has been allocated for scientific research under the NDP and SSTI of which SFI has responsibility to invest €1.4 billion. SFI will continue to invest 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 and engineering underpinning three broad areas:

  • Biotechnology
  • Information and communications technology
  • Sustainable energy and energy-efficient technologies

DERI’s key source of research funding comes from SFI as one of its Centres for Science, Engineering & Technology Campus-Industry Partnerships or CSET programme.


The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology forms a Board of senior academic and industrial figures. IRCSET operates multi-million euro research funding initiatives which support talented researchers in their early stage career formation across Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral levels in the sciences, engineering and technology. The emphasis of our funding programmes is on exploratory research aimed at yielding new concepts, findings and innovations within Ireland. Funding is made available through a series of strictly competitive calls for applicants. Selection for funding is based on merit and the decision processes are overseen by independent assessment panels. IRCSET’s initiatives are funded by the National Development Plan of Ireland under the auspices of the Department of Education & Science.

EU 7th Framework Programme (FP7)

The Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) is the European Union's chief instrument for funding research over the period 2007 to 2013.
The objective of ICT research under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) is to improve the competitiveness of European industry – as well as to enable Europe to master and shape the future developments of these technologies so that the demands of its society and economy are met.
The EU Member States have earmarked a total of € 9.1 billion for funding ICT over the duration of FP7; making it the largest research theme in the Cooperation programme. FP7 research activities will strengthen Europe's scientific and technology base and ensure its global leadership in ICT, help drive and stimulate product, service and process innovation and creativity through ICT use and ensure that ICT progress is rapidly transformed into benefits for Europe’s citizens, businesses, industry and governments.

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the government agency responsible for the development and promotion of the indigenous business sector. Its mission is to accelerate the development of world-class Irish companies to achieve strong positions in global markets resulting in increased national and regional prosperity. EI helps both companies and researchers based in third level institutions to engage in research. Its aim is to facilitate collaborative links between enterprise and the research community that lead to the practical application of research in business, and yielding benefits to both groups.