A review is to be carried out into State supports for PhD researchers.

The review will look at State financial supports and will examine the adequacy, consistency and equity of current arrangements. It will also look at international comparators and models, the return on investment or benefits to the researcher, as well as visa requirements and other issues related to non-EU students.

Announcing the review Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris said he had met researchers who had made it clear there were a range of issues facing them, including financial issues.

"The overarching objective of Impact 2030, Ireland's National Strategy for Research and Innovation which was published in May 2022, is to maximise the impact of research and innovation on our economy, society.

"We have committed to investing in talent, and ensuring that there are appropriate supports for researchers.

"This requires comprehensive and considerate consideration," Minister Harris said.

The minister said the review's first step would be to engage with relevant stakeholders including PhD researchers, host institutions, research funders, employers and relevant Government departments such as Health, Agriculture, Food and Marine and Justice.

He said the review would be completed by early 2023 and that he looked forward to receiving its recommendations.