IRI PILOT Research Funding Scheme

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. To request an application packet (including application form, hot topics list, and evaluation criteria), please contact Matt Dorocak at Note the submission date for 2022 applications is January 21, 2022.

2022 Project Timeline


January 21Proposals due
Early February  Feedback from IRI PILOT Steering Committee (PSC) to applicants
February 21Applicant responses to feedback due
Early MarchPSC decides on projects to be funded and notifies applicants
March 15Contracts signed, funds disbursed and projects begin
MayProjects hold sessions at IRI Annual Conference (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)
May (Year 2)Projects report out at IRI Annual Conference
June (Year 2)Projects debrief with PSC
November (Year 2)RTM article submitted

IRI Funded Projects