Employment Based Postgraduate Programme 2014


Do you want funding for a talented researcher to work with you on an innovative research idea?

The Irish Research Council’s Employment Based Postgraduate Programme provides funding for SMEs, HPSUs, SPIN-OUTs, SPIN-INs and MNCs to employ competitively selected, high-calibre Researchers to work onsite with them on product, service or process innovations.

Develop new products. Improve services. Streamline processes. Unlock ideas. Transform your business model. Enhance your competitive intelligence.

**New sponsored research opportunities are advertised here!**

As an Employment Partner on this Programme, you will get:

- To employ a talented Researcher onsite completing a 1 or 2 year Research Masters or a 3 or 4 year PhD on a topic of value to your business

- To spec the research project to your exact business needs

- Commercially oriented terms

- Access to expertise and cutting-edge facilities in Irish Higher Education Institutions

- The opportunity to develop your innovation capacity

- The opportunity to minimise the risk of investing in research 

This year will see a doubling of awards made to successful businesses of all sizes and at any stage of the business lifecycle. With commercially oriented terms and high success rates, this Programme presents a valuable opportunity to gain a new employee who can help businesses to implement new ideas and solve business problems. Applications are encouraged from all sectors and disciplines.

Click the video below for an overview of this scheme:


You are an eligible Employment Partner on this Programme if:

- You are a business, a company, a registered charity, a social, cultural, not-for-profit, governmental or non-governmental organisation in any sector

- Your business has a base in Ireland which can host the Researcher

- Your business can commit to a minimum contribution of €8,000 p/a towards the salary of the Researcher

- Your business has the facilities to conduct the research and can provide mentorship to the Researcher

If you are interested in receiving funding for a talented Researcher: register your interest here.

Contact the Irish Research Council's Enterprise Team: Dr. Ross McKiernan, Enterprise Programmes Manager or Dr. Johanna Archbold, Enterprise Research Support, info@research.ie  

Important Dates

Frequently Asked Questions deadline

16:00 (GMT) Tuesday 15 July 2014

Application deadline

16:00 (GMT) Tuesday 22 July 2014 

Supervisor / Employment Mentor / Referees deadline

16:00 (GMT) Tuesday 29 July 2014

Research Office /Host  Endorsement deadline

16:00 (GMT) Tuesday 05 August 2014

Outcome of Assessment Process

October/November 2014


Introductory Documentation for 2014 Call:

The Employment Based Postgraduate Programme is a key national mechanism through which to deliver on a number of particular objectives outlined in the government’s Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) and the National Research Prioritization (NRP) Exercise.   

For this reason a number of national research funders are partnering with the Council on this programme. After successful collaborations in 2012 and 2013, the following strategic funding partners continue to support the EBP: Department of Food and the Marine (DAFM), Enterprise Ireland (EI), Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEAI), Teagasc and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). This year will see the Marine Institute also acting as strategic funding partner.