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

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2022 SEAI National Energy Research Funding Call Closed

The 2022 SEAI National Energy RD&D Funding Call is now closed for applications.

Key Programme Documents
Call ActivityDateFurther details
Call Open April 6th 2022 See Call Document
Webinar April 20th 2022 11-12noon View Slides
Application Deadline May 16th 2022, Noon, 12pm (Irish Standard Time) Call Now Closed
Stage 1: Eligibility June 2022  
Stage 2: Evaluation and Clarification Q2-Q3 2022  
Award Notification Q4 2022  

SEAI National Energy RD&D Funding Programme Objectives

  • Accelerate

    Accelerate the development and deployment in the Irish marketplace of competitive energy-related products, processes and systems
  • Support

    Support solutions that enable technical and other barriers to market uptake to be overcome
  • Grow

    Grow Ireland's national capacity to access, develop and apply international class RD&D
  • Inform

    Provide guidance and support to policy makers and public bodies through results, outcomes and learning from supported energy projects

Co-funding partnerships in 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.

Programme documents

These are key. Please familiarise yourself with these if you are considering applying.


Supporting our climate targets

The programme supports innovative and targeted actions to assist in the delivery of the following:


What projects are eligible?

Accelerating transformative research to deliver Ireland’s clean energy and climate ambitions will require enhanced collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders and actors.

Diverse approaches and engaged research methods will be required, which may include multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research approaches.

The SEAI National Energy RD&D Funding Programme welcomes research proposals from all research disciplines, as well as collaborative projects involving multiple organisations subject to alignment with the overall programme objectives.

Is this the right call for you?

  • Transport

    Carbon neutral shipping, behaviour change interventions (Cofunded by DoT) and EV charging

  • Energy Sector Development

    Equality, diversity and inclusion, citizen investments and research impact/innovation frameworks

  • Geothermal Energy

    Economic evaluation and investigation for industrial applications. (Co-funded with GSI)

  • Bioenergy

    CO2 from biomass combustion and bioeconomy renewable energy. (Co-funded by DAFM)

  • Wind Energy

    Airborne wind energy, green hydrogen, floating offshore wind development

  • Buildings

    Compact urban growth and solar PV optimisation

  • Ecological Preservation

    Knowledge gaps in bird conservation (Co-funded with NPWS) and hen harrier adaptive management for wind farms

  • Electricity

    Smart controllers, dispatch down (co-funded by ESBN) and grid forming inverters

  • Decarbonising Heat

    District heating and high grade heat pumps for industrial use

2022 RD&D Call Thematic Topics

25 topics have been developed by SEAI and relevant stakeholder organisations highlighting key research needs. For more details see the topic descriptions in the call document.

Call Document Topic Descriptions - Annex 1 p. 13-44

Level of funding available & funding rate

Level of funding available

The level of funding available depends on the scale/type of your project. The Table below provides an overview of the typical project durations, and maximum level of funding available.

Scale/TypeTypical DurationTypical Maximum SEAI Funding
Small Scale Up to 12 months Up to €200,000
Medium Scale 12 - 36 months Up to €650,000
Large Scale 36 - 48 months Up to €1,000,000
Academic Fellowships 12 - 36 months Up to €300,000
SEAI-based Fellowships 12-24 months Up to €200,000

Funding rate

EU state aid rules stipulate:

  • what types of research activities are eligible for support
  • which costs relating to these activities may be covered in part or in full (ranging from 25% up to 100%)
  • the maximum aid intensity that may be granted for the various activities

Applicants should refer to the SEAI RD&D Budget Policy for additional information in relation to which category their project falls under. This document is available to download from the Programme documents section below.

2021 SEAI National Energy RD&D Funding Call

The 2021 programme call attracted great interest and as such was extremely competitive, with €19 million in funding awarded to 50 research projects. There was a significant increase in national demand for energy research funding in 2021 with 56% more applications compared to the most recent call in 2019, proving it an extremely competitive Call.

The 2021 programme was run with support from the following strategic co-funding partners: The Department of Transport and the Geological Survey of Ireland.

The projects bring together leading academic institutes, industry partners, and not-for-profits to tackle key areas in our national efforts to transition to a low carbon society.

See the full listing of the successful 2021 Awardees below!

SEAI RD&D Technical Evaluator Database

Are you interested in reviewing and evaluating applications as a technical expert?

In line with international best practice, SEAI assigns experts with a record of publication and/or relevant experience in specific subject areas to act as technical evaluators of applications submitted to the SEAI National Energy RD&D Funding Programme Call. A financial incentive will be provided to eligible Technical Evaluators to reimburse the time spent undertaking the reviews.


Expression of Interest

Experts may submit an expression of interest to SEAI to indicate their interest in participating in the evaluation of applications submitted to the SEAI RD&D Call.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to Your expression of interest should include:

  • Your name and organisation
  • Your area of expertise/experience (50 words max)

Experts who have submitted an Expression of Interest will be informed by email of the application process, which includes filling out a short application form and providing a CV. Appointed experts will be required to adhere to strict reviewer confidentiality, GDPR requirements, and to sign a Declaration of Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Form. If an expert considers they have a conflict of interest, they are asked to declare this and may not be eligible to participate in the evaluation process. In case of any doubt, please contact

Contact us

If you have any queries on the SEAI National Energy RD&D Funding Programme please contact