Archaeology Grants and Awards


Archaeology Research Excavation Grants

The Academy has a long association with the funding of archaeological excavation and field research in Ireland. Since 1970 the RIA Standing Committee for Archaeology (previously the Academy Committee for Archaeology) has administered an annual fund provided by the National Monuments Service (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht). The fund has financed more than 90 excavations in Ireland, thus enabling scholars to make a substantial contribution to our knowledge of the past. This is the only fund in Ireland supporting independent research excavation.

The next call for excavation grants will open in late autumn.


Archaeological Research Grants 2015

This scheme provides large-scale grants for archaeological excavation and post-excavation research. The fund is provided by the National Monuments Service and is administered through the RIA Standing Committee for Archaeology.

The next call for research grants will open in spring 2016.


The Royal Irish Academy in association with Queen’s University Belfast, offers radiocarbon dating to ten applicants per annum, to be used for the purposes of archaeological research in Ireland. The offer is intended to assist research projects only and is not open to any that are developer funded or to people pursuing an academic degree. Priority will be given to proposals that address critical research issues. Distribution of the dates will be at the discretion of the RIA Standing Committee of Archaeology.

The next call for radiocarbon dates will open in spring 2016.


find out more:

Click to view Excavation Reports and Pictures for 2014

List of previously awarded Archaeology Grants

Further enquiries to grants@ria.ie


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