Urgent Funding Call

SEAI National Energy Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme

The deadline to submit an application to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for its National Energy Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme for 2021 is 3PM Monday 29 March.

The overarching objectives of the RD&D programme are 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 market uptake to be overcome
  • Grow Ireland's national capacity to access, develop and apply international class RD&D
  • Provide guidance and support to policy makers and public bodies through results, outcomes and learning from supported energy projects

It supports innovative and targeted actions in Research, Development & Demonstration that further the delivery of the following government programmes:

Applications will be accepted from Private Enterprises; Universities, Institutes of Technology and State Funded Research Organisations; Public Sector Bodies and Semi-State Bodies, either individually or as part of a consortium. Applicants can submit proposals to either an Open Strand or a Topic Strand.

Open Strand –Under the Open Strand, applicants can propose projects within SEAI’s legal remit which directly address the aims and objectives of the programme.

Topic Strand – Under the Topic Strand, applicants can submit proposals that address the requirements of the topics outlined within the Call document.

The level of funding available will depend on the type and scale of the project, with typical values as follows:

Typical Duration Typical 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
Fellowships 12-36 months Up to €300,000


The previous SEAI National Energy RD&D Funding Programme in 2011 awarded over €11 million in funding to 50 research projects.

Other sustainability funding options

If the SEAI call does not fully meet your planned project needs, our expert team in Gi3 can assist you in identifying other European and Irish funding opportunities. If you have any questions concerning the items in this alert, please contact a member of our Gi3 Ireland team below.

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