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FUNDING FOR RESEARCH > Funding Update   26 March 2010
Research Funding Update
  Mid Western Health Board

Funding to support research is currently available from a range of national and international bodies to support all aspects of health research.

The primary sources of funding at present are;

• Health Research Board
• Science Foundation Ireland
• Enterprise Ireland
• The Wellcome Trust

The Health Research Board (HRB) funding schemes range from individual project grants to funding for large scale research projects. Researchers can now subscribe to receive an email alert eact time a new HRB live grant is posted on their website.Full details of the various types of grants and application procedures are available at

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has the task of establishing Ireland as a centre of research excellence in strategic areas relevant to economic development, particularly Biotechnology and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). SFI is a key organisation in the implementation of the NDP 2007-20013 and the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013.

Enterprise Ireland (EI) helps both companies and researchers based in third level institutions to engage in research. EI facilitates collaborative links between enterprise and the research community that lead to the practical application of research in business, and yielding benefits to both groups.
Grants are routinely provided to support commercisation and the purcahsing of essesntial equipment. Visit

The Welcome Trust funds innovative biomedical research in the UK and internationally with an estimated expenditure £600 million per annum. It's mission is "to foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health".

The Wellcome Trust offers grants for research in the following general areas:

Biomedical Science
Medical Humanities
Public engagement
Technology Transfer
Capital Funding
Strategic Awards

The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology supports research across masters, doctoral and postdoctoral levels. For further details .

In addition large scale funding is available as part of the European Union Research and Innovation programme. The aim is provide financial support to multidisciplinary teams of researchers from collaborating member states. As part of Framework Programme 7(FP7) €50.5 billion is available from 2007 -2013. Find out more at

Other sources of funding for research in Ireland include various charities associated with a specific disease (eg. The Irish Cancer Society or The Irish Heart Foundation). Visit

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