Applying for Funding

We have a consistently high success rate in securing major grants and investment – safeguarding the quality of our research well into the future.
In 2016 our research funding exceeded €9.5M. 

Funding Supports:

A number of support tools are available to researchers to assist them in identifing suitable funding sources and in ensuring any proposal application meets eligibility criteria prior to submission.  These tools include Research Professional and SmartSimple

  • Research Professional enables users to:
  • Review all National, European and International funding calls
  • Personalise the service allowing users to set up email alerts of funding opportunities or news in specific areas of interest
  • Share resources with other users where users can set up a list of leading funders in a specific research area and share it with colleagues in their department

SmartSimple is DKIT's on-line research proposal development and management system.  Research staff who are intending to submit an application for funding from internal or external (National, EU or International) sources are required to use the system. SmartSimple ensures that the researcher obtains the necessary information regarding any funding or research proposal and that researchers consider all elements of a research proposal. In addition to collecting information concerning the financial and resource implications of the proposal, the research management system also ensures that proposals have been reviewed by and received the necessary approvals (e.g. Finance Officer, Head of School and Head of Research) prior to submission to the funding body.

Before completing a submission for funding researchers must review DKIT policies on Ethics, Open Access Publication, Budget and Intellectual Property and Commercialisation of Research.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). For more information click here

DKIT Research Ethics policies 

DkIT is committed to facilitating and promoting ethical research. The below policy outlines the key principles for conducting research to the highest ethical standard. 
Research Ethics Policy 

DKIT STÓR and Open Access publication

All researchers are requested to upload publications, published reports and other unpublished items such as working papers, conference papers and reports to STOR regularly.
Upload to DkIT STÓR

DKIT Intellectual Property and Research Commercialisation policy

We have a long-established record of generating and managing Intellectual Property (IP). All enquires in relation to this policy and general IP issues should be directed to Neil McLoughlin ( Technology Transfer Officer. Please be advised that this current IP policy is being reviewed through the institute's research sub-committee at present. 

DKIT IP Policy

Click here for more information on Technology Transfer 

DKIT Financial Policies

The Institute has dedicated policies and procedures concerning the financial management of externally funded research and development projects. The institute's manual along with supporting documentation can be viewed below. This includes details on how staff financially manage research and development projects. All additional queries should be directed to Odelle McGreal 

Combined Procedures Manual for ERDF Projects 

Salary Scales for Research Proposals

Researchers are to use the salary scales employed by IUA when framing a research proposal. In addition, researchers should employ the salary scales in tandem with the Institute's current policy on "Roles and Responsibilities for Contract Researchers"

Guidelines for Contract Researchers Salary Scales 2010
Job Descriptions and Duties for Contract Research Posts 

Submitting a Proposal

The Research Office is committed to assisting researchers with all aspects of funded research activity and can provide information and support relating to all stages of the research project lifecycle including;

  • Finding an opportunity
  • Preparing a proposal
  • Getting an award started
  • Managing a research project
  • Managing research outputs

Research staff who are intending to submit an application for funding from internal or external (National, EU or International) sources are required to follow the Insititute’s Standard Operating Procedures in developing a proposal.  Applicants are also required to use the Institute's on-line Research Management System


The Research Office staff can assist researchers with any aspect of with the proposal development and submission process. 

General Enquiries:
For all general enquiries relating to research please contact the research office ( 

Financial Enquiries:
Guidance on financial aspects around planning your proposal can be obtained from Gerard Crawley at

EU Funding:
Researchers considering applying for EU funding are requested to contact Orla Lynch (Email:, Telephone: +353-0429370200)

Research Management System:
For enquires with respect to the Research Management System please contact Aideen Gaynor (Email:  Telephone: +353-0429370200 Ext: 2682