ESTHER Ireland Grants

ESTHER Ireland Small Grant Scheme 2017

The 2017 ESTHER Ireland Small Grants Round will open soon, and will be announced via the Partnerships Panorama email and other online channels. If you have not done so already, please consider subscribing to Partnerships Panorama using the form at the bottom-right of this page.


Irish Institutions are invited to apply for a small grant if they are at the early stages of linking with a Southern institution (s) and require funding to plan and develop the partnership. Generally, this will involve a visit to the Southern institution and/or a visit to Ireland by a representative from that institution. In some cases, it may involve meeting with other key international stakeholders.

Applications are invited to develop partnerships that strengthen the capacity of the institutions to address local health priorities and unmet health service needs. ESTHER Ireland is particularly interested in partnerships which focus on education and training; involve Irish hospitals/hospital groups, primary care and public health institutions; and counterpart overseas institutions in Irish Aid health priority countries (Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Liberia). ESTHER Ireland also encourages the creation of multi-institutional* submissions. (*A multi-institution is a group of hospitals or could be a hospital, a university and an NGO applying together).

Grant details

In 2016 ESTHER Ireland will offered access to two bands of grant funding. The first band supported partnership grants of up to 8000 EUR for individual Irish institutions to design, create and develop relationships with Southern entities from which a sustainable partnership would emerge capable of addressing an identified need.

The second band provided for grants of up to 15,000 EUR for Irish multi-institutions with a track record to create or build on an existing bilateral partnership with Southern networks. Institutions working within this band demonstrated a clear focus on partnership results together with a logical contribution to a health outcome.

More information

If you are interested in being notified of when the next grant round is open, please join our mailing list by clicking here to subscribe to the monthly ESTHER Ireland Partnerships Panorama Newsletter.

For reference purposes, please click here to download the 2016 Applicant Guidelines (liable to be updated for the 2017 round), and please also click here to view guidance on the maximum rates for daily subsistence allowance, which vary depending on the region where visits will take place (also liable to be updated for the 2017 round).

If you have any questions about the process, please direct them to