One of our key objectives at Epilepsy Ireland is "to undertake, encourage, fund and communicate research into the causes of, cures for and management of epilepsy and into the social and psychological effects of the condition".

Support for Irish Epilepsy Research

Our Research Funding Scheme was set up in 2010 to provide epilepsy researchers in Ireland with an avenue to access funding for world-class research that furthered this objective.

Since then, we have invested over €1,000,000 (including HRB contributions) in 12 Irish based projects at RCSI, Trinity College, University College Dublin and other Irish institutions. Projects have investigated a wide range of epilepsy issues including epilepsy genetics, molecular mechanisms, health services, psychosocial issues and SUDEP.

Find out more about the funding scheme, including our research priorities and evaluation process.

Details of the application process can be found here.

Click here to view projects supported to date by Epilepsy Ireland.

Recruiting Research participants?

Epilepsy Ireland promotes the crucial role that epilepsy research plays in improving understanding of the condition and we encourage our service users and members to consider taking part in research projects that furthers this aim.

If you are a researcher looking for study participants, please email us at with details of your study and we will highlight this in our Research Volunteers section and News page. Please include:

  • A short lay summary of your study (including its aims, what is involved and your contact details) to appear on our site.
  • Patient Information Sheet (if available)
  • Copy of your ethics approval
  • Details of inclusion/ exclusion criteria, closing dates etc

Other useful links for researchers

Epilepsy Deaths Register for Ireland

Irish Epilepsy & Pregnancy Register

Health Research Board (Open calls)

Science Foundation Ireland (Open calls)

Epilepsy Research UK

FutureNeuro Centre