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US-Ireland R&D Partnership Programme

The US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership, launched in July 2006, is a unique initiative involving funding agencies across three jurisdictions: United States of America (USA), Republic of Ireland (RoI) & Northern Ireland (NI). Under the US-Ireland R&D Partnership programme, a ‘single-proposal, single-review’ mechanism is facilitated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) who accept submissions from tri-jurisdictional (USA, NI and ROI) teams to a number of their existing funding programmes.  All proposals submitted under the auspices of the Partnership must have significant research involvement from researchers in all three jurisdictions. 

As part of this funding process, the governments and relevant research funding agencies within the Partnership contribute to the research costs of researchers based in their jurisdictions.  The partner agencies in the USA are the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The partner agencies in RoI are Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Health Research Board (HRB).  In Northern Ireland, the Health & Social Care R&D Division (HSC R&D) supports health-related projects, while the Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI), and Invest Northern Ireland (InvestNI) support projects related to Sensors & Sensor Networks, Nanoscale Science & Engineering, Telecommunications, and Energy & Sustainability.  InvestNI and DELNI support health-related projects in the area of Sensors & Sensor Networks and Nanoscale Science & Engineering.

The following thematic areas are prioritised as important research grand challenges for the health and prosperity of the citizens of the United States, Ireland and Northern Ireland:

  • Nanoscale Science & Engineering
  • Sensors & Sensor Networks
  • Telecommunications
  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Health

The Health thematic area is a recent expansion to the eligible thematic areas.  The US-Ireland partners are pleased to announce a new rolling call for proposals in the Health thematic area.  To submit a proposal in the Health thematic area, the applicant must request pre-eligibility approval from their respective funding agencies.  Please refer to the “Call for Submission of Tri-Partite Proposals to National Institutes of Health (NIH)” for details on this procedure. 

Applications in the areas of Nanoscale Science & Engineering, Sensors & Sensor Networks, Telecommunications, Energy & Sustainability are also welcome; please refer to the updated “Call for Submission of Tri-Partite Proposals to National Science Foundation (NSF)” for details on how to apply. 

US-Ireland Planning travel grants are also available.  The aim of the US-Ireland Planning travel grant is to provide travel support to researchers in Ireland to travel to the United States in order to develop specific projects with US collaborators for identified programmes under the NSF and NIH auspices. Planning grants are not a pre-requisite for proposal submission. 

Download

1. Call for Submission of Tri-Partite Proposals to National Institutes of Health (NIH)  (Word) (pdf)

2. Call for Submission of Tri-Partite Proposals to National Science Foundation (NSF) (Word) (pdf)

3. US-Ireland Planning Grant Application (Word) (pdf) 

4. US-Ireland R&D Partnership FAQ (pdf)

SFI reserves the right to make amendments to the documents if required. Please ensure that you are referring to the most recent version of the Call document. Research Offices will be contacted in the event of any updates to the call documentation.

Details of the US-Ireland programme on the NSF webpage can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11070/nsf11070.jsp 

Deadlines

For health-related proposals to the NIH, pre-eligibility application forms must be submitted to the respective funding agencies at least twelve weeks in advance of the NSF/NIH deadline.

Applications to the US-Ireland R&D Partnership Programme must be submitted to the respective funding agencies at least six weeks in advance of the NSF/NIH deadline.

Applications for the US-Ireland Planning grants are accepted on a rolling call basis.

Additional Resources

NIH Resource – Guidelines on Submitting an Application

SFI together with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) held a Grants Process Webinar in June 2014.  The focus was on grant-writing tips and an insight into review procedures at the NIH. Please click on our NIH resource page to view the webinars and presentations slides – For full details click here

NSF Resource – Guidelines on Submitting an Application

SFI together with the National Science Foundation (NSF) held a workshop in September 2014. The objectives were to give an overview of the NSF, an insight into the NSF review process and create researcher networking opportunities. Please click on our NSF resource page to view these presentations from senior NSF directors and partner funding agencies SFI & DEL NI. An overview of NSF Engineering Research Centres is provided and valuable tips are also shared from a successful applicant under the partnership programme – click here

For US-Ireland Programme related queries, please contact USIreland@sfi.ie