The Institute is a resource for the research community in Ireland and Northern Ireland, providing both bespoke research services across all sectors, and networking opportunities for researchers looking at European research funding.
Through our close working relationship with the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies, KU Leuven and EFACIS, the Institute is uniquely positioned to expose Irish and Northern Irish researchers to best practice in project development, proposal writing and collaboration-building available to us in Leuven.
The Institute also facilitates bespoke research for Irish and Northern Irish organisations, using expertise available through KU Leuven, into e.g. areas of European Union policy and Law; Irish and European Culture and Arts; Conflict Transformation; Economics and Innovation.
KU Leuven not only has a world-leading track record in securing FP7/Horizon 2020 funds across all its faculties, but Leuven itself hosts a variety of leading Institutes and research organisations, including the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and the Global Governance Institute at KU Leuven.
The Institute’s campus is used extensively as a venue for academic conferences for Belgian, European and global organisations.
This context, combined with our extensive network in the nearby European Institutions, places the Institute as a unique resource for the research community in Ireland.
Leuven Centre for Irish Studies and EFACIS
The Institute houses the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies and coordinates research activities in collaboration with the Centre’s Thematic Research Directors:
Prof. Dr. Hedwig Schwall
Prof. Dr. Elke d’Hoker
Prof. Dr. Patrick Luyten
Prof. Dr. Jan van Hove
Enquiries regarding research and research funding can be directed to the Dublin or Belfast offices, while requests for conference facilities can be made to Wim Truyers in Leuven.