IRI PILOT Research Funding Scheme

The opportunity to submit new proposals for funding in 2023 has closed. The 2024 calendar will look similar to this year if you would like to use the timeline below to help plan your 2024 funding application.

This program enables individuals and organizations to apply for a small grant (up to $3k) to conduct a research project with IRI and our members.  The projects get IRI support to connect recipients with members and to engage with them throughout the project. 

IRI’s goal for this initiative is to get SMEs working with our members on well thought out, organized projects that will address the top challenges our members face.  There will likely be only 2 – 3 projects funded per year and priority will be given to projects that focus on our hot topics list. Click the links below to access the application materials:

Please contact Matt Dorocak at if you have any questions regarding the application process. Note, completed application forms are due to by April 17, 2023.

2023 Project Timeline


April 17Proposals due
Early May Feedback from IRI PILOT Steering Committee (PSC) to applicants
May 25Applicant responses to feedback due
Early JunePSC decides on projects to be funded and notifies applicants
July 15Contracts signed, funds disbursed and projects begin
SeptemberProjects hold sessions at IRI Fall Meeting (Projects have the option of meeting additionally at IRI Networks Meetings.)
OngoingBimonthly update webinars to the IRI membership; Monthly updates to IRI staff liaison (Formal updates to the PSC may be required)
September (Year 2)Projects report out at IRI Fall Meeting
October (Year 2)Projects debrief with PSC
January (Year 2)RTM article submitted

IRI Funded Projects