funds research from its own budget. Funding for research by the FÁS-based
Skills and Labour Market Research Unit comes through the Expert Group on
Future Skills Needs from the National Training Fund of the Department of
Enterprise, Trade & Employment.
receives a specific grant from the Government to part-fund its research,
the rest of its funding comes from commissioned research.
fund research from their own budgets, from commissioned research and from
the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRLTI) administered
by the Higher Education Authority. The fund for the PRLTI of € 605m
is supported by a public (€ 419) and private (€ 186) partnership
between the National Development Plan (NDP) and philanthropic sources.
While the overall emphasis is on science and technology, the social sciences
and humanities have been allocated €46m. An assessment of the impact
of the PRLTI, published in 2004, praises the effectiveness of the programme
and recommends its continuation beyond the current NDP.
Higher Education Authority has for several years provided small dedicated
funding on a competitive basis to the universities to support innovation
in areas of strategic interest. In recent years funding of €10 m per
annum has been provided for innovation in teaching and learning in universities,
as well as measures to support the development of e-learning in institutions.
Irish Research Council for Humanities and the Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
provided funding Euro 8.5m in 2005 for research in the humanities, social
science, business and law. The IRCHSS is the National Contact Point for
Thematic Priority 7 (Citizen and Governance in a Knowledge-based Society)
of Framework Programme 6 (FP6). The Council is a member of the European
Network for Research Communities in the Humanities (ERCH).