Call for Applications

Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme 2018

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Application Deadline- 16:00 (Irish time), 6 December 2018

The New Foundations scheme supports eligible researchers who intend to pursue research, networking and/or dissemination activities within and across the diversity of disciplines. This scheme provides support for research actions, the development of networks and consortia, conference and workshop development, and creative approaches to the communication of scientific concepts and/or complex societal challenges for a lay audience.

This year, the scheme comprises four strands (not including sub-strands):

Strand 1: Engaging civic society

Run in partnership with the Wheel and Dóchas, this strand supports small, discrete collaborative projects between postdoctoral or more experienced researchers (acting as the applicant to the Council) and a community/voluntary organisation or NGO.

Strand 2: Knowledge exchange for impact

This strand is designed to enhance the international impact of Irish research through knowledge exchange. Applications will propose actions or activities providing exposure for the researcher to world-class networks or facilities that will enhance their research and support the further development of their career and international competitiveness. Proposals should clearly describe the nature of the knowledge exchange and the intended impact. Proposals seeking support solely for conference attendance will not be supported.

Previous awardees under New Foundations schemes are not eligible to apply to strand 2. This policy is designed to ensure that the widest possible range of researchers across all disciplines, in particular early-career researchers seeking to establish their careers, can benefit from this funding.

Strand 3: STEAM

The purpose of this strand is to bring science (including social science) and art/design/humanities together to work on new ways of communicating scientific concepts and/or complex societal challenges for a lay audience. Applications under this strand will demonstrate the innovativeness of their proposal and the relevance to the ‘STEAM’ agenda. ‘STEAM’ is a form of interdisciplinarity in research and teaching that seeks to combine knowledge from art and science.

This strand welcomes ‘STEAM’-based approaches to the public communication and dissemination of research. Applications that seek merely to promote the work of particular research centres or institutes will not be accepted.

Strand 4: Networking and collaboration grants, in partnership with Irish Aid and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

This strand provides researchers with an opportunity to carry out networking activities or to form consortia. Successful proposals will be funded by Irish Aid and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and will be in areas of strategic interest to these organisations.


This scheme will offer research opportunities for academic researchers affiliated with, or supported by, an
eligible higher education institution (HEI) or research-performing organisation (RPO) in Ireland to pursue research and dissemination activities.
An applicant who is a postgraduate scholar but not a member of staff affiliated to
such an eligible institution must, as part of their application, identify an appropriate, named individual who is
willing to act as a supervisor/ mentor for the purposes of an award under this scheme.Such applicants are eligible to apply to Strands 2 and 3 , but not Strands 1 and 4.
Given that the Irish Research Council’s stated mission is to enable the Irish research community to contribute to the body of global knowledge across the diversity of disciplines, recognising the importance of research and scholarship for all aspects of cultural, economic and societal development, applications from any field will be accepted under this scheme.
Potential applicants MUST:
a) Currently hold or have held a competitively acquired research award within the three-year period prior to 6th December 2018. For the purposes of this scheme, a competitively acquired research award could be an individual or PI-type award from, for example, either of the former research councils (IRCHSS/IRCSET,, the
Health Research Board (, Science Foundation Ireland(, Teagasc(, the Marine Institute(, or any other such national or international research funder. Competitively acquired research awards granted by higher education institutions are also eligible.
Evidence of this competitively acquired research award must be provided with the application. Evidence of the relevant award can take the form of a letter of award from the relevant funding or award institution.
Extensions to this three-year period can be considered for reasons of an eligible career break.
Eligible career breaks include maternity leave, paternity leave, adoptive leave, prolonged sick leave and carer’s leave. Provision of documented evidence of an eligible career break will be required at award-offer stage.
No allowance will be made for part-time working (1 year of part-time workingcounts as 1 full-time year).
b)Ensure that their application is endorsed by institutional authorities in the form of the VP/Dean of Research or their equivalent or their authorised signatory, an institutional stamp and, where required, the signature of a proposed
supervisor/mentor. For Strand 1 applicants, the signature of the partner organisation must also be provided. For strand 4, the signature of at least one partner institution/organisation relevant to the strand theme must be provided.
Awards may not be held or continued at an institution other than the HEI/RPO specified in the application form, except with the prior agreement of the Irish Research Council.
Funding will only be provided for the proposal that has been presented in the application form.

How to apply

Potential applicants should read the Terms and Conditions carefully to ascertain their eligibility and how to apply.

If you do not find the answer to your query in the call documentation, you should contact the research office in your proposed institution, which will provide information and clarification on the call. Research offices can send any queries they are unable to clarify to

For More information:

Visit the official Webpage of the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme 2018


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