Networks and international partnerships

Our international partnerships and networks help us in range of activities we support, these include:

  • Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office

    The Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office is jointly operated by the Irish Universities Association and the Irish Research Council. The office provides advice and support on preparing applications for Marie Skłodowska-Curie funding and the management of Marie Skłodowska-Curie awards.

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  • Humanities in the European Research Area

    The Council is the handling agency for and a member of Humanities in the European Research Area — a partnership between 24 humanities research councils across Europe and the European Science Foundation.


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  • Horizon 2020

    The Council is a member of Enterprise Ireland’s Horizon 2020 national support network which is made up of 32 European advisors drawn from 10 Irish research and industry agencies.

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  • Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

    The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines. These meetings focus alternately on physiology and medicine, on physics, and on chemistry – the three natural science Nobel Prize disciplines. The Council supports this network by running a national selection process and sending a delegation of Irish-based researchers to participate in these meetings each year.

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  • European Space Agency

    The Council partners with the European Space Agency (ESA) on its ESA Young Graduate Trainee programme to give Irish science and engineering graduates a chance to make their mark in the field of space exploration.

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    The Council is a participant in the GENDER-NET Plus ERA-NET which aims to strengthen transnational collaborations between research programme owners and managers, provide support to the promotion of gender equality through institutional change and instigate the integration of sex and gender analysis into research and funding programmes.


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    The Council is a participant in the New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe (NORFACE) ERA-NET network between 14 social sciences research councils across Europe.


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    The Council is a participant in the European Coordinated Research on Long-term Challenges in Information and Communication Sciences & Technologies (CHIST-ERA) ERA-NET which aims to reinforce the transnational collaboration between the participating states in challenging multidisciplinary research in this area.

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  • Science Europe

    Established in 2011, Science Europe is an association of European Research Funding Organisations and Research Performing Organisations. It supports its member organisations in their efforts to foster European research and aims to strengthen the European Research Area through its direct engagement with key partners.

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  • Embassy of France in Ireland & Campus France

    The Council partners with the Embassy of France in IrelandCampus France on its Ulysses scheme which was designed to support new research collaborations between Irish and French researchers.

  • Vitae

    The Council is a member of Vitae, the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers, experienced in working with institutions as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact.


  • FAPESP - The São Paulo Research Foundation

    FAPESP and the Council Cooperation Agreement for Research aims to implement scientific and technological cooperation between researchers from Ireland and from the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, through the funding of joint research projects. The longer-term goal of the cooperation is to establish lasting professional networks of researchers and institutes. Successful applicants are encouraged to develop their collaboration post-IRC-SPRINT by seeking larger-scale funding from sources such as Horizon 2020 or FP9

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