SEAI aims to improve the coherence of Irish energy research and development. This will help us build a cleaner and more secure energy future, while enhancing our knowledge economy.

What we do

The SEAI research team support research and innovation across the energy sector. We invest in projects in Ireland, and identify areas of priority for both Ireland and Europe.

National energy research funding

We invest in research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects in the sustainable energy sector. Our funding programmes support Ireland’s transition towards a lower carbon society. We aim to position Ireland as an international leader in energy RD&D activities.

Areas of focus for 2020

  • Continue to build our National Energy Research Database, that demonstrates the breadth of Irish energy research capacity. This will also facilitate collaboration between researchers here in Ireland and abroad.
  • Host the 2020 National Energy Research and Policy Confernce, which will bring together the energy research community, industry and policy-makers to share their experiences and ambitions.

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International energy research

We are the EU Horizon 2020 national delegate for Societal Challenge 3 - Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy. Horizon 2020 is the EU's main instrument for funding research and development projects. Our role is to help to identify research priorities in relation to Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy for both Ireland and Europe.

We also take part in and represent Ireland at international fora, including the International Energy Agency, EU and UNFCCC. Participation in international collaborations ensure that we use the best possible methods in our transition to a cleaner energy future.

Energy research database

The National Energy Research Database is a central resource for energy RD&D projects. It gives information on projects which have been publicly funded in Ireland. Browse the database to learn more about past and current energy research around the country.

Energy research projects

Contact us

If you have any questions or want to add a project to the database, please send a request to