Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postgraduate)
Co-funding research partnerships for enterprises and not-for-profit employers
The Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme is a unique national initiative linking excellent researchers to enterprise. The scheme co-funds awardees to bring great research ideas into an enterprise with the support of a higher education institution.
What is an enterprise partner?
We currently partner with 187 enterprises within Ireland and internationally. An enterprise partner is a business, a company, a registered charity, a social, cultural or not-for-profit civic organisation, a semi-state commercial organisation or eligible public body that will co-fund the researcher for the duration of the award.
A public body is a public service body with specific scientific or cultural infrastructure that is integral to the conduct and completion of the proposed research. If a public body or higher education institution is an eligible research performing organisation (RPO), it is not an eligible enterprise partner under this scheme.
What we offer
We co-fund 2/3 of the cost for a postgraduate researcher to undertake research directly related to an organisation’s interests. Both Irish enterprises and researchers benefit greatly from the programme. Enterprise partners co-fund excellent researchers who dedicate their time to a specific research project related to the organisation. The Irish Research Council contribute up to €16,000 per annum towards the researcher costs. The enterprise partner commits an annual contribution of €8,000. At the end of the project, the researcher will gain workplace skills and a degree by research. The enterprise benefits from high value and in-depth research in an area closely aligned with their strategic interests.
How to apply
Click on the “online award application” icon on this page and follow the prompts to begin your application. First time applicants can register here. Please ensure firstname.lastname@example.org is listed as a safe sender in your email account so we can send you your password and application updates.
Applicants should review all available documentation on our website, in particular the Terms and Conditions and the Guide for Applicants which contains useful information about the conditions of the award and how to navigate our system. As an aid to preparing an application offline, an indicative Word document version of the application form is provided. Indicative academic supervisor, enterprise mentor and referee forms are also provided.
Applications (including academic supervisor, enterprise mentor and referee forms) will only be accepted through the online application system.
|Call open||16:00 (Irish Time) 25 July 2018 (indicative)|
|FAQ deadline||16:00 (Irish Time) 22 August 2018|
|Applicant Deadline||16:00 (Irish Time) 5 September 2018|
|Supervisor, Enterprise Mentor and Referee Deadline||16:00 (Irish Time) 12 September 2018|
|Research Office Endorsement Deadline||16:00 (Irish Time) 19 September 2018|
|Outcome of Scheme||30 November 2018|
|Scholarship Start Date||1 March 2019|