Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postgraduate) 2017



Thinking about applying?

Please note that, for reasons of transparency and fairness for all applicants, the Council will not enter into email, written or telephone correspondence with any individual applicant about the assessment process or their eligibility to apply.

Applicants should review all available documentation on our website, in particular the Terms and Conditions, in order to answer any queries they may have.

If you do not find the answer to your query in the available documentation, you should contact the Research Office (i.e. the office of the Vice-President/Dean of Research/Head of Development, as applicable) in your proposed institution. The Research Office will be able to provide information and clarification on the call. Research Offices may send any queries they are unable to clarify to schemes@research.ie with the subject ‘Enterprise Partnership Scheme 2017 FAQ’. A set of FAQs will then be posted on this webpage below.

All queries must be submitted through this FAQ process.


The Council offers a number of opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a postgraduate degree at an eligible HEI within Ireland, including the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postgraduate Scholarship.

The aim of the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postgraduate Scholarship is to link with an Enterprise Partner to award co-funded postgraduate scholarships to highly promising researchers. By working closely with an Enterprise Partner, researchers benefit from an enhanced research experience as well as having the opportunity to learn key transferable skills relevant to career formation. Scholars will hold an Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postgraduate Scholarship.

What is an Enterprise Partner?

An eligible Enterprise Partner on this Programme 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. Eligible Public Body shall mean: 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 HEI is a research performing organisation eligible  to apply independently for IRC schemes, it is not eligible to be funded as an  employment partner under this scheme.

***If you are a company representative who is interested in receiving funding to work with a talented Researcher: register your interest here ***

Application process

Please see the application flowchart document to the right for a diagram of the application and assessment process.

Applications (including Academic Supervisor, Enterprise Mentor and Referee Forms) will only be accepted through the online application system.

As an aid to preparing an application, an indicative Word document version of the application form is also provided. Indicative Academic Supervisor, Enterprise Mentor and Referee forms are also provided. These forms are for information purposes: all applicants (and Supervisors, Enterprise Mentors and Referees) must register and submit their applications through the online application system according to the deadlines listed below.

Call open16:00 (Irish Time) 9 May 2017
Applicant Deadline16:00 (Irish Time) 8 June 2017
Supervisor, Enterprise Mentor and Referee Deadline16:00 (Irish Time) 15 June 2017
Research Office Endorsement Deadline16:00 (Irish Time) 22 June 2017
Outcome of SchemeSeptember 2017
Scholarship Start Date1 January 2018