North-South Research Programme 

Erasmus+

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

08/11/2021

 

Background 

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. 

 

Funding Overview 

The funding allocated to this programme is €40M over a five-year period from 2021. Projects can vary in size from up to €100,000 to €4,000,000 and will be considered in light of overall funding requests and the final amount of funding available. Partnerships of scale may seek up to €4,000,000 for projects with a minimum of three years duration and a maximum of four years duration. Partnerships seeking funding for smaller projects may seek up to €200,000 for projects with a minimum duration of one year and a maximum duration of two years. A maximum of 50% of any award may be allocated to NI partners. Projects with a shorter timeframe will also be considered.  

Applicants may choose from three different strands:  

  1. Strand I: Bilateral researcher-researcher projects. This strand will support individual researchers based in an Irish higher education institution (HEI) to collaborate with a researcher in a HEI in Northern Ireland and vice versa on an identified research project.  
  1. Strand II: Emerging hubs of excellence. This strand will support academic research teams to collaborate on an agreed work programme.  Interdisciplinary collaborations will be encouraged. 
  1. Strand III: Partnerships of scale. This strand will support institution to institution strategic research engagement: Higher education institutions will be supported to collaborate with each other on the basis of their respective institutional strategic research priorities.  

 

How to Apply 

Submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) is not required but is encouraged by 4pm on 1st of September 2021. Please submit your EOI using the template below to research@hea.ie with the subject line: ‘Expression of Interest: North – South Collaborative Research Funding Call 2021’.

All applications must then be submitted before 4 pm on 8th November 2021 through the online system

Click here to access the online system.

Supporting documents for the submission of an application to the North-South Research Programme can be found in the links below. 

 

 

Application Guidance Document

Budget Template - Updated 12.10.21

Endorsement Template

Design, Methodology and Implementation Template

English - Irish Glossary for Online Application Form

 

Online Application System User Guide

Please watch our video on how to submit an application for the North-South Research Programme.

 

Key Dates



ActivityDate
Call Launch 9th August 2021
Expression of Interest Deadline1st September 2021
Online System Opening27th September 2021
Submission Deadline8th November 2021
Assessment22nd November 2021
OutcomeDecember 2021
Award Start Date4th January 2022

Call Documentation

HEA North-South Research Call Document - Updated 16.08.2021

HEA North-South Research Programme - FAQs

HEA North-South Research Programme - Indicative Application Form

HEA North-South Research Programme Data Collection Notice

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