Within the context of wider system performance, the HEA participates in a range of initiatives that target advancements in critical areas of Irish higher education research policy.

These currently include, for instance:


  • National Doctoral Framework: the HEA, in partnership with QQI and the Higher Education Institutions, launched Ireland’s National Framework for Doctoral Education in 2015. This sets out the main principles underpinning Irish doctoral education and is supported by the institutions and research funders.
  • Research Integrity Forum: the HEA participates actively in the national Research Integrity Forum which has been established to advance the implementation of the ‘Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland’.


  • Horizon 2020: the HEA engages with the H2020 High-Level Group chaired by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to support Ireland’s collective performance in this almost €80bn EU research and innovation funding programme.
  • European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI): the HEA is one of Ireland’s two national delegates (in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland) on ESFRI. The Forum supports a strategy-led approach to policy-making on research infrastructures in Europe.