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The Royal Irish Academy is internationally renowned for its role in promoting excellence in scholarship and recognising achievements in learning.

The Academy began providing research grants in 1876, and this legacy of supporting academic researchers in Ireland continues today. Our grants programmes support researchers in developing international networks, undertaking archaeological excavations and fostering academic engagement across a range of disciplines in Ireland and abroad.

To read about the launch of the Charlemont Grants for 2015 please click here.



US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards

To be notified of the call for nominations for the 2016 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards please email your details to innovate@ria.ie

The US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards, developed by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy, recognise excellence in research innovation in Ireland as a result of US foreign direct investment.


Closed Calls

Directed Archaeological Research for World Heritage Sites

The National Monuments Service (NMS) of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DAHG) has allocated a fund of €13,000 for directed research into the archaeology of the Brú na Bóinne and Skellig Michíl World Heritage Sites and also those sites on Ireland’s Tentative List for which a Technical Evaluation has been satisfactorily concluded. The grant is to be administered by the Standing Committee for Archaeology of the Royal Irish Academy.

The aim of the research grant is to aid in the management of the archaeological resource within the core areas of World Heritage properties and to maintain, and where possible enhance, the Outstanding Universal Value of these internationally important sites.

Applications to the scheme are now closed.

Gold Medal Awards
Acclaiming Ireland’s leading thinkers in the Humanities and the Sciences.

Archaeology Grants and Awards
Applications for large scale grants for archaeological excavation and post excavation (2016) will open in late autumn. Applications for archaeological research grants and radiocarbon dates schemes will reopen in early April 2016.

RIA Charlemont Grants (Formerly Mobility Grants)
Research grants for early career stage researchers in any discipline, for the purposes of conducting short research trips. The next call will open in early autumn.

R.J. Hunter Grants - Research Bursaries
Research Bursaries available for research on the history of plantation and settlement in Ulster in the early modern period (c. 1550s – 1750s).

R.J. Hunter Grants - Research Fellowship

R.J. Hunter Grants - Digitisation Grants

RIA-RS International Exchange Cost Share Programme
Large scale grants aimed at facilitating research in the natural sciences by collaborating teams in the UK and Ireland.


Other Grants and Awards

Eoin O’Mahony Bursary in Irish History 2014
Bursary for candidates engaged in historical research on subjects of Irish interest

Geosciences Quaternary Radiocarbon Dates Radiocarbon date grants to support quaternary research in Ireland.

Hamilton Prize in Mathematics
Prize awarded to the best undergraduate mathematics student as nominated by their institution in his/her penultimate year of study.

Prize for Young Chemists
A prize will be given for the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis of 2014 in the general area of the chemical sciences, as described in a 1,000 word essay.

International Prizes/Awards
Externally awarded international prizes and awards.

further information email:

grantsAt Symbolria.ie

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