The Irish Research Council has announced funding opportunities for research engineers and companies engaged in research activities
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The Irish Research Council has announced funding opportunities for research engineers and companies engaged in research activities. This funding, available through the Enterprise Partnership Scheme (EPS) and the Elevate Programme, will support Irish business and industry in developing new ideas or products with high-quality researchers at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels. The Council is particularly targeting small and medium-sized enterprises to avail of these schemes this year.

The EPS is an innovative initiative whereby the Irish Research Council, in partnership with private enterprises and public bodies, awards co-funded postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships to the most promising researchers in Ireland. This provides invaluable insights into the business environment for the next generation of researchers. Similarly, companies benefit from the unique skill sets that talented researchers can bring to their business activities.

The EPS also provides industry with flexible and easy access to an exceptional pool of competitively selected, high-calibre researchers and the opportunity to build links with relevant academic research groups. Over 200 companies have availed of the supports in recent years, with an increasing number of SME’s benefiting from involvement with the Scheme.

Prof Orla Feely, chair of the Irish Research Council said the schemes on offer advanced the objective of supporting researchers in the development of their careers, as well as assisting business in tackling specific research challenges. “They’re unique in that they’re open to any type of company, in any field or discipline. It could be in technological development, in market analysis, in historical research; it’s about supporting the researcher and the business idea,” she said.

“Big companies, especially multinationals, have a strong record of research support but these schemes are also tailored to support SMEs’ research and development and many have already done so to date.”

The Elevate Programme encourages international and intersectoral mobility for early career postdoctoral researchers who want to work with companies with international locations. The Irish Research Council, in partnership with private enterprises and the European Union, co-fund postdoctoral fellowships to high-caliber researchers for two years international work and a third year back in Ireland.

This Programme launched last year for international universities, and the focus for 2014 is particularly on the involvement of international companies. For further information on any of the Enterprise Programmes, see www.research.ie or email Dr Ross McKiernan at rmckiernan@research.ie.

ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP SCHEME: KEY DATES 

Postgraduate applicants:

FAQ deadline – Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Applicant deadline – Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Postdoctoral applicants:

FAQ deadline – Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Applicant deadline – Tuesdaym 11 February 2014

 

ELEVATE PROGRAMMES: KEY DATES

Postdoctoral applicants:

FAQ deadline – Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Applicant deadline – Tuesday, 11 February 2014

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  The Irish Research Council has announced funding opportunities for research engineers and companies engaged in research activities. This funding, available through the Enterprise Partnership Scheme (EPS) and the Elevate Programme, will support Irish business and industry in developing new ideas or products with high-quality researchers at postgraduate and postdoctoral...