SEAI provide funding through strategic and collaborative partnerships with other national and international funding agencies. Below we provide an overview of these funding opportunities.

SEAI Funding Call

Annual RD&D Call

The SEAI National Energy Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme run an annual call which invests in innovative energy RD&D projects which contribute to Ireland's transition to a clean and secure energy future.


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RD&D Strategic Co-funding Partnerships 2022

SEAI is pleased to announce that the 2022 SEAI National Energy RD&D Call involves co-funding partnerships with the following organisations: the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Department of Transport, ESB Networks and Geological Survey Ireland.

Recently closed funding opportunities

2021 Joint Call – Accelerating the Heating and Cooling Transition

Call for Pre-Proposals now closed

The Joint Programming Platform Smart Energy Systems (JPP SES), in cooperation with the GEOTHERMICA ERA-Net network, launched a Joint Call 2021 for proposals for transnational projects on the 31st May 2021.

This Joint Call 2021 seeks to accelerate the heating and cooling transition by bringing together national and regional programmes aimed at energy systems integration and technological progress in the various heating and/or cooling technologies. 17 national funding agencies from 15 countries and regions are invloved. To review the full Call text please click Here

The total available budget is approximately €32.5 million. A wide geographic spectrum was encouraged, consortia must include at least three eligible applicants from at least two participating countries,  

The deadline for submission of pre-proposals to ESS was the 4th of October 2021 at 15:00 UTC. 

The deadline for submission of SEAI National pre-proposal application was the 8th of October 2021 at 16:00 BTC

Call Aims

This Joint Call aims to foster the integration of existing technology as well as technology development for clean energy. Proposals should aim to develop innovative solutions or new concepts for one or more of the following challenges: a) climate-neutral resources for heating and cooling, b) a resource-efficient and sustainable distribution, storage and utilisation of heating and cooling and c) integration of heating and cooling in the local and regional energy systems

Ireland Based Applicants

There were two funding bodies to which Irish organisations could apply; SEAI and GSI (Geological Survey Ireland). Please note that SEAI could support a range of topic areas related to the call, whereas GSI will support geothermal energy related projects only. Proposals could include requests for funding from SEAI and/or GSI, however please note that individual organisations could only request funding from one or other national funder, as relevant. Please carefully read all related documents and terms and conditions - in particular national rules for Ireland within Appendix 1 of the Full Joint Call Text. All applicants must contact the National Contact Point in advance of submitting an application.

The submissions take place over two stages: preproposal and full proposal. Included in the pre-proposal requirements for SEAI was a national pre-proposal application to verify national eligibility (Deadline 8th of October 2021). The total SEAI budget available is €500,000, and the maximum SEAI funding available per project is €200,000. For GSI requirements, please see the GSI Website.

SEAI RD&D Objectives

The overarching objectives of the SEAI National Energy Research, Development and Demonstration Funding Programme are as follows, to:

Accelerate the development and deployment in the Irish marketplace of competitive energy-related products, processes and systems;
Support solutions that enable technical and other barriers to energy market uptake to be overcome;
Grow Ireland's national capacity to access, develop and apply international class energy RD&D;
Provide guidance and support to policy makers and public bodies through results, outcomes and learning from supported projects.

Please review the SEAI RD&D Budget Policy for further guidance on the programme budgetary policies and financial requirements, including further guidance in relation to eligible costs and funding rates.

For more information, please see our FAQ document or contact the National Contact Person (NCP): Niamh O’Sullivan;

Key Documents

Recently Closed Calls

SFI Research Infrastructure Call 2021 in collaboration with SEAI

The SFI Research Infrastructure Programme supports the research community in building and sustaining the required infrastructural capacity to accomplish high-quality, high-impact and innovative research in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics that demonstrably enhance and support enterprise competitiveness and societal development in Ireland. 

Applications to this Open Call will seek Strategic Research Infrastructures that focus on large-scale items in areas of national priority and in other areas of strategic opportunity.

The SFI Research Infrastructure Programme 2021 will be run in collaboration with SEAI. This partnership aims to support excellent scientific research that will contribute to Ireland’s transition to a clean and secure energy future. For further details of the Programme including

  • Programme Objectives
  • Programme Remit
  • Applicant Eligibility Criteria
  • Call Documents and
  • How to Apply

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