IRC-Geological Survey co-founding, Employment Based Programme 2017

The Irish Research Council has launched its 2017 Employment Based Programme for research funding. We are glad to announce the Geological Survey will be a Strategic Funding Partner for this call and is looking to support industry based research. The aim of the programme is to (i) embed the scholar in a professional research and innovation environment for training and development whilst simultaneously providing postgraduate education leading to a Masters by Research or PhD; and (ii) facilitate research collaboration, knowledge transfer and networking between scholars & their host HEIs and Irish-based employers

The GSI-IRC funding is aimed at Masters (Research) level students carrying out research in a company or approved public body. They will have duel status as an employee and registered student for the duration, but the cost is shared by the company, GSI and the Irish Research Council. For the purposes of this call, the GSI may count as an Employment Partner (Public body) if the project requires infrastructure or data only available from the GSI, however GSI restrictions do apply. If you have a project that you think could be hosted by the GSI please contact me as soon as possible at

The application should be submitted by the MSc candidate in conjunction with the company and academic partner (the student must be registered in an appropriate institute for the Masters degree/qualification). All documents are completed in the online system but templates are available on the IRC website.

Deadline: Feb 16th, 2017

Funding available: Contributions to scholarship and fees for Masters (Research) (Max €16k scholarship, Max €5,750 fees and max €2,250 research costs). Employment partners must contribute 1/3rd of the minimum cost (€24k per annum) but can contribute additional salary costs if appropriate for the work being undertaken.

Duration: 12 or 24 months

Start date: Oct 1st 2017

Eligibility: Masters (Research) level student hosted by an industry partner or approved public body

Approved topics for GSI co-funding:

• Mineral resources and raw materials
• Geo-energy
• Marine geology & coastal research
• Geohazards
• Geochemistry
• Geophysics
• Groundwater resources
• Earth observation
• Geotechnical engineering
• Spatial information/geomatics
• Superficial deposits

Link: For further information and terms and conditions see