Significant investment has been made to date in programmes designed to enhance the research capabilities, capacity and infrastructure of Ireland’s higher education institutions. Such investments have taken place within the broader national research policy context. The HEA's portfolio of programmes invests across disciplines spanning humanities and social sciences to the bioscience, technology and innovation sector. These investments strongly encourage national collaboration, while emphasising research outputs, so that Ireland may continue to compete with the world's most advanced knowledge economies.
The current portfolio of HEA administered research programmes are:
- The Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) offers third-level institutions an opportunity to build infrastructure, invest in capacity and capability, in line with institutional strategies.
- The Programme of Strategic Cooperation between Irish Aid and Higher Education and Research Institutes 2007 - 2011 funds innovative research activity across a range of thematic areas within higher education and research institutes in Ireland and in partner countries in support of Irish Aid's mission to reduce poverty.
- FP7 and Horizon 2020: the Higher Education Authority acts as the National Contact Point (NCP) and National Delegate (ND) for Research Infrastructures within the "Capacities" strand of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).