SFI-HRB-Wellcome Research Partnership

Some researchers in the Republic of Ireland are funded through our partnership with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Health Research Board (HRB).

Who can be funded through the partnership 

You must be based in the Republic of Ireland and eligible for one of the following schemes:

A list of eligible research bodies is on the SFI website.

If you want to move your award from one administering organisation to another, you must contact us first.

Who can't be funded through the partnership 

You can’t be funded through the partnership if your research:

  • intends to create human embryos solely for the purpose of research or for the purpose of stem cell procurement, including by means of somatic cell nuclear transfer
  • uses human embryonic stem cells or tissues
  • is in technology transfer or the medical humanities.

Please contact us if you want to apply for research in one of these areas. We may be willing to fund you outside the partnership agreement.

Assessing eligibility 

When we consider funding applications, we decide if they’re eligible for funding under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Research Partnership.

We consider applications from the Republic of Ireland in competition with applications from other countries.

We will tell you if you’re eligible and contact SFI and the HRB. We may share your application information with them.

If you’ve previously held an award from SFI or the HRB, we may consider progress and outputs when we assess your application.

What we do 

Wellcome is responsible for administering applications and awards made under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Research Partnership, in line with our grant conditions and funding policies.

We make awards directly to the administering organisations. 

We review awards made under this partnership and inform SFI and the HRB of any review outcomes.

Our policy on intellectual property applies under the partnership.

Overheads are not covered by the partnership.

Help and advice 

If you have a question about SFI or the HRB’s participation in this scheme or you want to request an endorsement, please email contact@wellcome-ireland.com.

If you have a question about your application, please email sciencegrants@wellcome.org or telephone 00 44 (0)20 7611 5757.

Watch a webinar about our funding for applicants based in the Republic of Ireland. The webinar focuses on Research Career Development Fellowships and Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships. It includes tips on what we look for, how to write an application, common mistakes to avoid and a Q&A.

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