Call for Applications: North-South Research Programme

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A call for applications to the €40 million North-South Research Programme has been launched. The funding will offer researchers North and South the opportunity to work together.

The North-South Research Programme aims to support the deepening of links between higher education institutions, researchers and research communities.

The programme is a collaborative scheme arising from the Government’s Shared Island initiative and it is being delivered by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science (DFHERIS).  

The programme will have €40 million of funding available over a five-year period from 2021 and will specifically support collaborative research, innovation and development between individuals, research teams (in and between disciplines) as well as between higher education institutions on the island. The programme will support research which will be of economic and social benefit to the island of Ireland. 

Call for Applications: North-South Research Programme

The funding allocated to this programme is €40M over a five-year period from 2021. Projects can vary in size from up to €100,000 to €4,000,000 and will be considered in light of overall funding requests and the final amount of funding available. Partnerships of scale may seek up to €4,000,000 for projects with a minimum of three years duration and a maximum of four years duration. Partnerships seeking funding for smaller projects may seek up to €200,000 for projects with a minimum duration of one year and a maximum duration of two years. A maximum of 50% of any award may be allocated to NI partners. Projects with a shorter timeframe will also be considered.  

Applicants may choose from three different strands:  

  1. Strand I: Bilateral researcher-researcher projects. This strand will support individual researchers based in an Irish higher education institution (HEI) to collaborate with a researcher in a HEI in Northern Ireland and vice versa on an identified research project.  
  1. Strand II: Emerging hubs of excellence. This strand will support academic research teams to collaborate on an agreed work programme.  Interdisciplinary collaborations will be encouraged. 
  1. Strand III: Partnerships of scale. This strand will support institution to institution strategic research engagement: Higher education institutions will be supported to collaborate with each other on the basis of their respective institutional strategic research priorities.  

How to Apply 

Submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) is not required but is encouraged by 4pm on 1st of September 2021. A template will be made available on this webpage (mid-August) and should be submitted to using the subject line: ‘Expression of Interest: North – South Collaborative Research Funding Call 2021’. All applications must then be submitted before 4 pm on 18th October 2021 through the online system which opens on 6th September 2021.  A guide to the application and submission system will also be made available on this web page in late-August. 


Call Launch 9th August 2021 

Expression of Interest Deadline  1st September 2021 

Online System Opening   6th September 2021 

Submission Deadline  18th October 2021 

Assessment  22nd November 2021 

Outcome  December 2021 

Award start date  4th January 2022  

HEA North-South Research Programme Call document provides information about postgraduate courses and study in Ireland. We list virtually every postgraduate course in Ireland in Ireland, so you can search for the course of your choice.

Steven Galvin

LERU Doctoral Summer School Trinity College Dublin
Michael Jordan Fellowship in Education at DCU


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