Archaeology Grants and Awards


Archaeology Research Excavation Grants 2015

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.


Archaeology Research Excavation 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.

Applications are now invited for excavation grants for 2015
The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is Monday 3rd November 2014.

Click to view Excavation Reports and Pictures for 2014

List of previously awarded Archaeology Grants


Archaeology Research Grants 2014

The RIA Standing Committee for Archaeology also awards a number of grants for research in Irish Archaeology, excluding excavation. Requests for grants of more than €2,000 will not be considered, and it is regretted that no assistance can be given to research undertaken as part of an academic degree.

The call for archaeology research grants opens in early spring.


The Royal Irish Academy in association with Queen’s University Belfast, offers radiocarbon dating to ten applicants per annum, to be uses 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.

Further information can be obtained by emailing: grants@ria.ie

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