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All-Island Research Excellence Network (AIREN)


The All-Island Research Innovation Network (AIREN) brings together research managers and administrators from Queen’s University Belfast, University College Dublin and Ulster University.

Its aim is to develop cross-border connections between the three institutions and create an All-island Research Excellence Network, open to institutions across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Details of Synergy support

InterTradeIreland provided €19,400/£16,600 worth of funding towards the creation of the AIREN partnership, funding the delivery of away days, workshops and a launch conference. Funding was also provided for the development of a membership web portal.

Synergy project outcomes

The project will run from January 2021-2023, during which the three institutions will deliver the following:

  • Share research management best practice and knowledge through virtual away days.
  • Deliver workshops to identify and develop thematic research areas and funding opportunities to support cross-border activity.
  • Establish an All-Island Research Excellence Network open to all universities, research organisations/institutes, industry, enterprise centres and research funding bodies from across Northern Ireland and Ireland.
  • Continue to support the All-island Research Excellence Network through the launch of an AIREN membership web portal.
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