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Applying for an Archaeological Research for World Heritage Sites scheme

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) has the responsibility of allocating and administering funding from the National Monuments Service (NMS) of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage for research into the archaeology of the Brú na Bóinne and Sceilg Mhichíl World Heritage Properties and of the following Tentative List sites announced in 2022:

1. The Passage Tomb Landscape of County Sligo;

2. Transatlantic Cable Ensemble: Valentia, County Kerry – Heart’s Content, Newfoundland and Labrador; and,

3. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Dún Ailinne; Hill of Uisneach; Rock of Cashel; Rathcroghan; Tara, and Emain Macha/Navan Fort

Information required to apply for 2022/2023 

In order to make an application for funding you will need to familiarise yourself with the Guidelines for applicants document which you can view here.

Applications are accepted for the following 

Non-destructive research proposals, which may include surveys, such as LIDAR, building surveys, measured surveys of earthworks, geophysics, fieldwalking, palynology, soil sampling and public archaeology initiatives.

How to apply 

A completed application form including: 

  • A letter of verification from one named referee confirming the applicant’s ability and suitability to undertake the research.

  • Detailed costings of proposed research.

  • Where relevant, a copy of a detailed quotation received from proposed specialist/s.

  • Where relevant, correspondence from the NMI stating that the applicant has discussed the application and that there is permission in principle for the proposed work based on the project rationale. Considering the short timescale of this scheme, it is advisable, if a proposal will require licenses to alter and/or export, that those discussions should include the methodology detail.

  • Where relevant, correspondence confirming permission in principle for fieldwork from both the landowner and from NMS, or from both the responsible Senior Archaeologist and Senior Architect in the case of research in proximity to a National Monument, or from the relevant Senior Inspector within the Historic Environment Division of DfC in the case of research in proximity to a scheduled historic monument or a monument in State Care/Guardianship.

  • Where relevant, a copy of the Ordnance Survey map with the site or sites marked.

An application will be deemed ineligible if it does not include all required supporting documentation and confirmations.

Costs and activities which are eligible 

  • Research costs, specialist’s fees, travel and subsistence.

  • Salary costs of grant recipients are considered an eligible cost if, in order to participate in the project they must have their time ‘bought out’, or they must take time out from their usual employment, or would not be funded to do this work without the grant funding and are not simultaneously in receipt of another income. As the Academy can only reimburse costs which are supported by evidence of payment any request to reimburse salary costs must be supported by evidence that the salary has been paid (in the form of payslips, paid invoices etc.) from the employing body.

Costs and activities which are ineligible 

  • Applications for projects directly connected to postgraduate studies in a third level institution are excluded.

  • The grant does not fund institutional overheads, and the grant cannot be used to cover any element that should be properly ascribed to institutional overheads.

  • The purchase of items of equipment (e.g. cameras or survey equipment) that researchers would normally be expected to have are ineligible.

  • Applications from any applicant who has an outstanding requirement to submit a report, under a statutory/consent or licence, shall be ineligible unless they have agreed a submission date for outstanding reports and have an official Compliance Letter from NMS agreeing to this.

Who can apply 

This scheme is open to archaeological researchers/archaeologists. It is not open to undergraduate or postgraduate students, or PhD candidates..

Submission deadline 

The Archaeological Research for World Heritage Sites Scheme opens on 9th February and closes on 30 March 2023. 

All queries can be sent to grants@ria.ie 

 

 

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