HEA Launch €40 million North-South Research Programme 2021 

Maura O'Shea

By Maura O'Shea

Posted: 9 August, 2021

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A North-South Research Programme which aims to support the deepening of links between higher education institutions, researchers and research communities on the island of Ireland has been launched today by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The programme is a collaborative scheme arising from the Government’s Shared Island initiative and it is being delivered by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science (DFHERIS).  

The programme will have €40 million of funding available over a five-year period from 2021 and will specifically support collaborative research, innovation and development between individuals, research teams (in and between disciplines) as well as between higher education institutions on the island. The programme will support research which will be of economic and social benefit to the island of Ireland. The key principles of the programme are as follows: 

  • Strengthen research, innovation, development and collaboration in and between individuals and higher education institutions by rewarding innovation and excellence thereby enhancing the higher education sector, North and South; 
  • Enhance the research, teaching and learning continuum and the skills, quality and relevance of graduate output; 
  • Promote networks of excellence and partnerships of scale for research, innovation and development; 
  • Contribute to policy development relevant to the Shared Island initiative and benefiting enterprise and communities, north and south;  
  • Contribute to capacity building, place-making/innovation districts. 


Expressions of Interest for the programme are encouraged by 4pm on 1st September 2021. The deadline for applications to this programme is 4pm on 18th October and applications must be submitted via the online portal which will open on 6th September.