The SUI has as part of its brief the development of safe caving practice, research into caves and caving and supporting exploration of caves. It is widely accepted that International caving plays a very important role in the development of the sport and its participants. SUI therefore makes available some funding each year for expeditions abroad.
Applications can be made by SUI members or groups including SUI members intending to undertake expeditions to caving areas outside Ireland. Persons seeking funding for research or exploration projects in Ireland should apply to the Kozlowski Fund.
In the past number of years the following expeditions have been supported:
- Gouffre Berger – Gareth Llwyd Jones [report] new
- Youth Cave Romania [report]
- Picos d’Europa
- Karstology Romania [report]
- Benerat 2003 [report]
- Youth Cave Romania 2005 [report]
- Mulu Caves 2007 [report]
- Krubera Expedition 2010 [report]
- Krubera – Voronja Expedition 2012 [report]
- Ario Caves Project 2013 SUI [report]
- Ario Caves Project 2014 SUI [report] new
- Panama 2015 [report] new