Information for NGOs/IOs

***The programme will not accept new funding applications***

How can NGOs/IOs benefit from the scheme?

CAROLINE enables NGOs/IOs located anywhere in the world, in developing as well as developed countries, to work together and engage in mutual learning with academic researchers. NGOs/IOs are gaining access to expertise and cutting-edge facilities in Irish higher education institutions. The scheme offers the potential to serve as a stepping-stone towards building new/enhancing existing collaborations with Irish research performing organisations (RPO). A list of eligible RPOs is available here.

Many civil society organisations lack the capacity to undertake the research they need and do not have access to resources required to build and sustain such a capacity. CAROLINE allows overcoming this barrier: CAROLINE fellows are seconded to NGOs/IOs from their home institution with a full salary covered under the scheme and with a generous budget of €9,600 per year for eligible research expenses for the project.

NGOs/IOs are in the position to tailor the research project to their exact research interests and priorities, by engaging with the applicants and their mentors at proposal preparation phase. Research projects can be in any discipline, with research topics addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals as outlined in UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Please direct enquiries about the scheme to

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 713279.