Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postgraduate) 2015

The Enterprise Partnership Scheme is an innovative initiative whereby the Irish Research Council, in partnership with private enterprises and public bodies, awards co-funded postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships to the most promising researchers in Ireland.

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The Scheme offers researchers the opportunity to gain additional beneficial experience and insight into the commercial arena while completing their research.

It provides industry with flexible and easy access to an exceptional pool of competitively selected, high-calibre researchers and the opportunity to build links with relevant academic research groups.

The Scheme facilitates the establishment of new relationships and the strengthening of existing ones between enterprise and academia while offering financial support to researchers at an early stage of their career development.

All documentation related to applying for this Postgraduate Scheme is availble at the bottom of this page. All applications must be completed on the online award application system.  

Examples of Enterprise Partners

Interested Companies

New Sponsored Research Opportunities

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Important Dates (EPS Postgraduate and Postdoctoral)

Call open

Wed 12th March 2015

FAQ Deadline

16.00 (GMT) 10th June 2015

Applicant Deadline

16.00 (GMT) 17th June 2015

Referee, Academic Supervisor and Enterprise Mentor Deadline

16.00 (GMT) 24th June 2015

Research Office Endorsement Deadline

16.00 (GMT) 1st July 2015

Outcome of Scheme

early October  2015

Official Start Date

1st February 2016