North-South Research Programme 


The North-South Research Programme aims to support the deepening of links between higher education institutions, researchers and research communities. 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. 

ONLINE SYSTEM OPEN: 27th September 2021

The online system is now open and can be accessed here.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 4 PM, 8th November 2021


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Gender Equality Enhancement Fund 2021

The HEA is launching its call for applications to the Gender Equality Enhancement Fund 2021.

The aim of this fund is to advance gender equality initiatives in Irish higher education.

Applications under the Fund will open on Friday, June 4, and the deadline for submission of applications will be 12 noon on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Last year, more than €286,000 was awarded to higher education institution partners to fund gender equality initiatives.

Awards were made across three areas – research on or advancing gender equality initiatives in Ireland; training programmes specifically addressing gender equality and Athena SWAN capacity-building activities.

Projects were funded across several areas including the promotion of female role models in the physical sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (pSTEM), development and implementation of gender identity, expression and diversity training for staff in Irish HEIs, establishment of networks to support female participation in computer science, resources to support the academic advancement of mid-career female staff, provision of gender equality–based leadership training to future leaders, and development of resources to assist departments in modelling gender-disaggregated data against national trends.




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2021 Funding Calls

Click here to see a roundup of the funding call dates for 2020 still to come

View Dates here

Senior Academic Leadership Initiative

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are invited to submit applications for funding under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI) Call 2020, in line with the requirements set out in the Call for Applications. This Call is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS).

Deadline for submission is 12:00 29th January 2021


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