Government Departments

  • The Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is a multi–functional organisation which provides a wide range of services directly and through specialist state agencies operating under its aegis. Its mission is to lead the sustainable development of the agri-food and marine sector and to optimise its contribution to national economic development and the natural environment.

Funding Agencies

  • The Health Research Board (HRB) works with other stakeholders to set a clear strategic direction for national health research.The HRB supports excellent research that underpins health policy and healthcare practice. It funds health research in patient oriented research, population health sciences, and health services research.
  • Founded in 1968, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the independent statutory agency that allocates public funding to the higher education institutions in Ireland. It advises the Irish Government on higher education and research policy. The Authority also co-ordinates the system to meet agreed national targets in education and research.
  • The National Support Network for Horizon 2020’s goal is to provide hands-on assistance to Ireland’s researchers and companies to actively participate in Horizon 2020. This support network is made up of 32 European Advisors drawn from 10 Irish research and industry agencies.
  • The role of the Irish Research Council is to enable creative and innovative researchers to compete for and get support on the basis of excellence. By focusing on early-stage career researchers, we cultivate people with the skills and expertise to turn new ideas and knowledge into benefits for society and the economy.
  • Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research. Founded in 2000, it invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading-edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Research Organisations

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1993 and is responsible for protecting and improving the environment as a valuable asset for the people of Ireland. It is committed to protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation and pollution and plays key roles in environmental regulation, provision of environmental knowledge and advocacy for the environment.
  • The Marine Institute is Ireland’s national agency for marine research, technology, development and innovation. Founded in 1991, it promotes the sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resources and co-ordinates national research strategy.
  • The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is the national agency responsible for promoting Ireland’s transition to a lowcarbon economy. It was set up in 2002. Every year, it allocates about €4m to energy research and related activities, which range from nurturing early-stage concepts through to full-scale deployment of proven solutions. The SEAI is instrumental in the development of energy research policy. It also conducts ongoing analysis of Ireland’s energy options through world-class modelling, both directly and through academic institutions.
  • Teagasc is an independent government agency that provides research support and education to the Irish agri-food sector. Founded in 1988, Teagasc sees collaboration and partnerships with industry as central to its strategy.

Development Agencies

  • Enterprise Ireland is the government agency responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. It works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, it supports sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.
  • IDA Ireland plays a leading role in Ireland’s dynamic research, development and innovation development by funding suitable projects and identifying further support opportunities from partner organisations, such as Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland.
  • Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) is operated by Enterprise Ireland in partnership with the Irish Universities Association. KTI takes a national perspective on the commercialisation of state-funded research. Its mission is to support business, the public sector and the research base to maximise state-funded research through exchanging knowledge and transferring technology, ideas and expertise into the hands of business and the public sector swiftly and easily for the benefit of the economy and society.