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US-Ireland R&D Partnership Programme


Background, Funding Partners and Co-ordination

The US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership, launched in July 2006, is a unique initiative involving funding agencies across three jurisdictions: United States of America (USA), Republic of Ireland (RoI) & Northern Ireland (NI).

To date (March 2017) 35 projects have been successful with a combined investment value of over £35m. Download factsheet (2015)

IntertradeIreland are the key organisation in Ireland in co-ordinating the US Ireland Partnership. Information on the Steering committee and the funded projects are available from their website

As part of the Partnership Programme, the governments and relevant research funding agencies within the Partnership contribute to the research costs of researchers based in their jurisdictions. The partner agencies are:


The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Science Foundation (NSF)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)


Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
The Health Research Board (HRB)
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI)


The Health & Social Care Research & Development Division (HSC R&D)
Department for the Economy (DfE)
Invest Northern Ireland (InvestNI)
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)

Health research is one of the thematic areas prioritised as an important challenge for the health and prosperity of the citizens of the United States, Ireland and Northern Ireland.


Application procedure (for health related research projects)

Applications for funding are made through the grant process operated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A ‘single-proposal, single-review’ mechanism is facilitated by NIH who will accept submissions from tri-jurisdictional (USA, NI and ROI) teams to a number of their existing R01 funding programmes.

All proposals submitted under the auspices of the Partnership must have significant research involvement from researchers in all three jurisdictions.

Applicants NI & RoI must complete an "Intention to Submit" stage with their respective funding agencies. In NI this approval is provided by HSC R&D Division.


USIreland application guidance (pdf)       USIreland application guidance (word)

Frequently Asked Questions (HSCRD)  

email USIreland



Since the review mechanism is facilitated by NIH, the deadline for applications is dependent on the NIH Call. However it is important that funders in RoI/NI are aware and approve any potential applications. Therefore HSC R&D requires knowledge of an "Intension to Submit" an application to NIH under the US Ireland Partnership Programme at least 10 weeks in advance of the NIH deadline.

Following providing an intension to submit under the US Ireland Partnership Programme, a copy of the Draft Application which will be submitted to NIH must be provided to HSC R&D at least 6 weeks in advance of the NIH deadline.


Planning grants

US-Ireland planning travel grants are available to provide support to researchers in Ireland to travel to the United States in order to develop specific projects with US collaborators for identified programmes under the NIH auspices. Planning grants are not a pre-requisite for proposal submission. 

In NI planning travel grants are provided by InvestNI, however potential applicants for Planning travel grants should email HSC R&D in the first instance: USIreland

Applications for the US-Ireland Planning travel grants are accepted on a rolling call basis.



Our RoI partners in the programme SFI together with the NIH held a webinar in June 2014 for researchers on the island of Ireland to learn about all aspects of the NIH Grants Process, including valuable grant writing tips and insight into review procedures. This webinar was designed to convey the fundamentals of the NIH grants process, with particular focus on grants writing for success under the US-Ireland R&D Partnership programme, in addition to explaining the NIH RePORT database, a potential resource for sourcing US partners. Please see SFI website for furhter information and access to the individual webinar recordings and presentations.

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