Structure of National Science Funding System
Scientific research funding in Ireland appears to be controlled by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation. This department is headed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation and the Minister for Research and Innovation.
Within the DJEI, is the Office of Science, Technology, and Innovation, who are responsible for developing Ireland’s national and international research policies.
The OSTI is advised by the Chief Science Advisor (the office of the CSA was abolished by Minister Bruton and the head of SFI is now the CSA) and Forfas. The CSA used to be provided with admin. by Forfas.
Forfas is meant to be an independent policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. Forfas publishes (among other things) research policy documents used by the goverment to steer policy-making, regarding science technology and innovation. The 2012 2010-2011 Science Budget and Research Prioritisation Steering Group documents were produced by Forfas and provoked the beginning of the LoveIrishScience project.
The Advisory Council for Science, Technology, and Innovation is a sub-board of Forfas and “provides policy advice to the Irish Government on medium and long term science, technology and innovation (STI) issues and contributes towards the development and implementation of a coherent and effective national strategy for STI.”
There are three main state bodies that fund scientific research in Ireland: Science Foundation Ireland, the Higher Education Authority, and the Irish Research Council.