Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postdoctoral)


*The 2022 call is scheduled to open in Q4 2021. The information on this page is from the last call which will be updated before call opening.*


The Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme is a unique national initiative linking excellent researchers to enterprise. The scheme brings great research ideas into an enterprise partner with the support of a higher education institution.

The Irish Research Council partners with enterprises and jointly funds two-year fellowships to highly promising researchers in Ireland. Fellows will hold an Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship.

What is an enterprise partner?

  • An enterprise partner is a company; a registered charity; a social, cultural or not-for-profit civic organisation; a state-owned enterprise; or an eligible public body that will co-fund the researcher for the duration of the award. The enterprise may be based nationally or internationally.
  • 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, it is not an eligible enterprise partner under this scheme.


You can search the database for past awards made under the Enterprise Partnership Scheme at this link: research.ie/awardees/

What we offer

Year One

  • a salary of €38,632 per annum
  • employer’s PRSI contribution of €4,269 per annum (11.05% of salary)
  • eligible direct research expenses of €5,000 per annum

Year Two

  • a salary of €39,186 per annum
  • employer’s PRSI contribution of €4,330 per annum (11.05% of salary)
  • eligible direct research expenses of €5,000 per annum

We co-fund two thirds of the cost for a postdoctoral researcher to undertake research directly related to an organisation’s interests. The Irish Research Council contribute up to €32,139 per annum towards the researcher costs. The enterprise partner commits an annual contribution of €16,070.

Both 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. At the end of the project, the researcher will have gained important workplace skills and a fellowship. The enterprise benefits from high value and in-depth research in an area directly aligned with their strategic interests.

Featured enterprise partners

The logos below represent some organisations that have expressed an interest in funding researchers. Contact details can be found under the Call Documentation tab to the right.

Eligible NGOs may avail of a waiver for the first year enterprise partner contribution for all new applications to the Enterprise Partnership Scheme. Please see the Terms and Conditions for more details.

How to apply

Potential applicants should carefully read the Terms and Conditions to ascertain whether or not they are eligible to apply. Indicative versions of the applicant, supervisor and referee forms are provided for information purposes only. All participants must create and submit their forms via the online system.

Call open16:00 (Irish time) 21 October 2020
FAQ Deadline16:00 (Irish time) 25 November 2020
Applicant Deadline16:00 (Irish time) 2 December 2020
Supervisor, Enterprise Mentor and Referee Deadline16:00 (Irish time) 9 December 2020
Research Office Endorsement Deadline16:00 (Irish time) 16 December 2020
Outcome of Schememid-April 2021
Start of Fellowships1 September 2021

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