Eligible Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Research-Performing Organisations (RPOs)



A recognised HEI in Ireland must be:

(a) a third-level institution within the meaning of Section One of the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971;
(b) and/or approved for the purposes of the Free Fees Initiative;
(c) and/or in receipt of public funding from the Department of Education and Skills for the purpose of higher education and research.


These institutions are:

  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Carlow College
  • Coláiste Mhuire Marino
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Dublin Dental Hospital
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology
  • Galway–Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology, Carlow
  • Institute of Technology, Sligo
  • Institute of Technology, Tralee
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
  • Maynooth University
  • National College of Art and Design
  • National College of Ireland
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Royal Irish Academy
  • Royal Irish Academy of Music
  • St. Angela’s College, Sligo
  • St Patrick’s College, Carlow
  • St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth (Pontifical University)
  • Technological University Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • University of Limerick
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

An eligible RPO is one that possesses an existing in-house capacity to carry out research that materially extends and enhances the Irish research base and is in a position to demonstrate an independent capability to undertake and lead research projects/programmes, as approved by the Council.


Currently, these organisations are:

  • Economic & Social Research Institute
  • Teagasc
  • The Discovery Programme