Biomedical Research Partnership with Science Foundation Ireland and the Health Research Board

Some researchers in the Republic of Ireland are funded through our partnership with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Health Research Board (HRB).

Who can be funded through the partnership

Who can't be funded through the partnership

You can’t be funded through the partnership if your research:

  • intends to create human embryos solely for the purpose of research or for the purpose of stem cell procurement, including by means of somatic cell nuclear transfer
  • uses human embryonic stem cells or tissues
  • is in technology transfer or the medical humanities.

Please contact us if you want to apply for research in one of these areas. We may be willing to fund you outside the partnership agreement.

Assessing eligibility

When we consider funding applications, we decide if they’re eligible for funding under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust partnership.

We consider applications from the Republic of Ireland in competition with applications from other countries.

We will tell you if you’re eligible and contact SFI and the HRB. We may share your application information with them.

If you’ve previously held an award from SFI or the HRB, we may consider progress and outputs when we assess your application.

What we do

The Wellcome Trust is responsible for administering applications and awards made under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership, in line with our grant conditions and funding policies.

We make awards directly to the host organisations. 

We review awards made under this partnership and inform SFI and the HRB of any review outcomes.

Our policy on intellectual property and patenting applies under the partnership.

Overheads are not covered by the partnership.

Help and advice

If you have a question about SFI or the HRB’s participation in this scheme or you want to request an endorsement, please email

If you have a question about your application, please email or telephone 00 44 (0)20 7611 5757.