Support for exceptional researchers in the early stages of their career is vital to ensure that future research leaders are cultivated across the full range of disciplines.

It is important for Ireland’s future that the finest research talent is retained and developed within the Irish research system. Our programmes also support the attraction of exceptional international researchers to Ireland.


Early-career funding and awards

Our early-career funding programmes provide the opportunity for individual researchers to formulate their own proposals and, if successful, win a scholarship or fellowship in their own name. The availability of individual research awards from early-career stage is an essential part of a healthy research ecosystem and a key driver of the development of independent careers.

As well as the provision of scholarships and fellowships, we encourage the further development of early-career researchers by providing opportunities for international engagement. These include the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Awards, fellowships co-funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND programme, Ulysses and small research grants under New Foundations (subject to budget).

As part of Innovation 2020, we are helping to develop a clear career structure for researchers. Our policy statement on researcher career development is available here.