Sources of funding for biodiversity research in Ireland
Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency provides funding to support science, technology, research and innovation projects through grant-aid to third level institutions, state agencies, government departments, local and regional authorities, the private sector and individuals. Proposals are invited periodically through calls advertised in the national press and on the EPA website. The EPA funds project related to biodiversity reseach under its strive programme and also funds individual studentships on an annual basis.
Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food
The Department of Agriculture and Food's Research Stimulus Fund (RSF) is funded under the National Development Plan 2007-2013. The Research Stimulus Fund provides funding, on a competitive basis, to the Irish research institutes for 'public good' agricultural production related research. The main aims of the programme are to facilitate research that fills gaps in the mainstream programme, to support sustainable and competitive agricultural production practices and policies, and contribute to building and maintaining a knowledge economy and research capability in the agriculture sector.
The Marine Institute.
The Marine Institute is mandated to "undertake, to coordinate, to promote and to assist in marine research and development" in accordance with the Marine Institute Act, 1991. Accordingly, the Institute acts as the implementing body, on behalf of its' parent department (DAFF) for dedicated national marine research funding.
The Institute also manages the Beaufort Marine Research Awards, a substantial marine research funding scheme launched in 2007 by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, aimed at developing overall research capacity in priority areas of marine research outlined in Sea Change (A Marine Knowledge, Research and Innovation Strategy for Ireland 2007-2013).
Science Foundation Ireland
SFI provides grants for researchers from around the world who wish to relocate to Ireland and those already based in Ireland, for outstanding research visitors, for conferences and symposia, and for collaboration with industry. SFI chooses award recipients in the fields of science and engineering underpinning biotechnology (Bio), information and communications technology (ICT) and sustainable energy and energy-efficient technologies through merit review by distinguished scientists. In addition, the Research Frontiers Programme supports the very best research in a broad range of disciplines in Science, Mathematics and Engineering.
The Heritage Council
In light of current changes the Heritage Council is reviewing its grants schemes and will be proposing a number of changes to existing schemes with new criteria for 2010. This work is currently underway. Please check the website for further information.