If you would like to employ a researcher, the Irish Research Council's enterprise programmes can offer an attractive gateway for companies looking to engage in research and innovation. The schemes allow a company or organisation to access a high-calibre researcher who will work for a period of up to four years on a mutually-developed research project directly relevant to the mission or activities of the company. Generous funding is available to companies who participate in these schemes.
Science Foundation Ireland also offers a number of industry engagement programmes. Of particular note is the Industry Fellowship Programme. This initiative facilitates the placement of researchers in industry or academia to stimulate excellence through knowledge transfer and training. Fellowships will enable access for researchers to new technology pathways and standards and will facilitate training in the use of specialist research infrastructure. Fellowships can be awarded to academic researchers wishing to spend time in industry worldwide or to individuals from industry anywhere in the world (including Ireland) wishing to spend time in an eligible Irish research body. Funding of up to €120,000 direct costs per fellowship is available.