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The Economic and Social Research Institute is a not-for-profit company which aims to cover operating costs and to re-invest any surplus income in further research. Total income in 2010 was €12.8 million.
The grant-in-aid represents approximately 25 percent of the Institute's income. The remainder comes from:
Independence is fundamental to the ESRI's role. It is guaranteed by a commitment to publish all research reaching the appropriate academic standard, irrespective of which bodies or groups it might favour and the source of funding for its research. The Institute's constitution is also designed to ensure its independence.
The ESRI has tendered for, and been awarded, research projects and studies by many Government Departments, State bodies and private organisations in Ireland. It has also worked extensively for international bodies such as the European Commission, OECD, the World Bank and the IMF.
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The Economic and Social Research Trust
The Economic and Social Research Trust was incorporated in 1993 with the aim of promoting, through its funding, knowledge of economics and other social sciences and advancing research into the facts and problems of contemporary human society.
The Trust is a registered charity.