The US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership is a unique initiative involving funding agencies across three jurisdictions: United States of America, Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland.

The overall goal of the Partnership is to increase the level of collaborative R&D amongst researchers and industry across the three jurisdictions. This collaboration aims to generate valuable discoveries and innovations which are transferable to the marketplace, or will lead to enhancements in health, disease prevention or healthcare.

The Partnership achieves its goals through tri-partite research projects in which the funding agencies fund the elements of research undertaken in their own jurisdiction. Importantly, the Partnership must add significant value to each research programme above that achievable by the PI in each jurisdiction working alone.

The current focus of the US-Ireland R&D Partnership Programme, as agreed by the Partnership Steering Group, is on the following seven thematic areas:

  • Sensors & Sensor Networks
  • Nanoscale Science & Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Health
  • Cybersecurity (new theme)
  • Agriculture

For proposal submissions under Sensors & Sensor Networks, Nanoscale Science & Engineering, Telecommunications, Energy & Sustainability and new pilot Cybersecurity themes, please refer to the US-Ireland R&D Partnership Proposal to the National Science Foundation section below.

For proposal submissions under the Health theme, please refer to the US-Ireland R&D Partnership Proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) section below.

For proposal submissions under the Agriculture theme to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture [NIFA (US)], please contact the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine [DAFM (RoI)] or Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs [DAERA (NI)]. Further details on the Agriculture theme can be accessed from the webpage of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Centre-to-Centre Mechanism

Science Foundation Ireland together with the National Science Foundation and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland has developed a mechanism to link SFI-funded Research Centres, NSF-funded Engineering Research Centres and researchers in Centres in Northern Ireland. For further details please refer to US Ireland R&D Partnership Programme: Centre-to-Centre Mechanism section below.