External Research Funding
An important activity of the Research Development Office is both to assist researchers in developing proposals for external research funding and to endorse all such proposals on behalf of College. In order to allow the team to provide the best possible support and service, please contact the Research Development Office well in advance of the sponsor's external deadline and, when there is one, any internal deadline. The closer initial contact is to this external deadline, the more difficult it is to deliver good support and service. The Office does not comment on the scientific element of a proposal but provides support on generic aspects of the proposal to ensure that it is in line with Sponsors' aims and objectives.
This section of the website contains details on sponsors, both National funding sponsors and International funding sponsors, to which College researchers have submitted proposals and, in particular, the processes associated with submitting such proposals. It also outlines the processes associated with submitting a research tender/service to either an Irish or Non-Irish Sponsor.
College endorsement process
The Research Development Office must endorse all applications for external research funding irrespective of the amount of funding being requested and whether or not the Sponsor requests institutional endorsement. As different Sponsors have different requirements, there is no one consistent approach to how College will handle the endorsement of a proposal. Details on internal processes for some Irish and Non-Irish schemes may be found on this site or, alternatively, contact the Research Development Office (Email) for advice.
Note: All proposals for external research funding must have the explicit support of the Head of the hosting School. Where research grants are ‘housed’ wholly or partly within a TRI, the grant applications should be signed off by both the Head of the principal investigator’s School as well as the Director of the TRI (or their designates). Similarly if TRI research activity is wholly/partly ‘housed’ within a School, the grants should be signed off by the Director of the TRI as well as the Head of the relevant School. Proposals which include funding for postgraduate students must have the explicit support of a Head of School, normally the School to which the supervisor belongs.
You can find details on funding opportunities in a number of ways:
- Subscribe to Research Focus, the Research Development Office's newsletter
- TCD has an institutional subscription to Research Professional