Applying for an Archaeology Research Excavation Grant
The Royal Irish Academy, together with the National Monuments Service runs an annual grant scheme for Archaeological Research Excavations. This is the only fund in Ireland which supports independent research excavations on the island of Ireland and welcomes applications for new excavations, continuing excavations and post excavation work. This longstanding fund has financed more than 90 excavations in Ireland, thus enabling scholars to make a substantial contribution to our knowledge of the past.
Information required to apply for 2018/2019
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.
How to apply
A completed application form including:
- A photocopy of the relevant section of the Ordnance Survey map with the site or sites marked
- An adequate site plan
- A letter of verification from one named referee
- Detailed costings of proposed excavation
- Applicants are required to inform the Academy of any potential conflicts of interests. In this regard applicants proposing to employ family members or spouses during the course of a funded excavation are required to disclose this to the Academy in advance of the drawdown of funds
- A letter from the landowner stating that the applicant has discussed the application with him/her and that there is permission in principle for the excavation.
- In cases where the proposed excavation is of a National Monument or in close proximity to same letters from both the Senior Archaeologist and Senior Architect responsible for the National Monuments of the particular region stating that the applicant has discussed the application and that there is permission in principle for the excavation.
In both circumstances the following apply:
7.1 The proposal may need to be modified to take account of:
- safety considerations
- continued public access to the monument
- the stability of the monument
- the need to preserve archaeological deposits for future research
7.2 In certain cases excavation may require follow-up conservation work and if this cannot be planned for within a reasonable time the proposal may have to be modified or the committee may choose not to fund the project.
The scheme will be competitive, and the average grant awarded has previously been in the region of €5,000-€10,000. No one grant will exceed 25% of the total grant funding for the year.
Costs and activities which are eligible
- Monies may be made available for multi-season excavation projects but no more than three seasons of excavation will be funded, unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated.
- No more than two years of post- excavation work will be funded, unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated.
- In cases of multi-season projects each season should consider a specific research question or questions, which should be capable of being addressed in a single season, this is in case no further funding is forthcoming for further seasons.
- Applications will be considered for further research emanating from what were originally developer-led projects, provided all licensing requirements have been met in full
Costs and activities which are ineligible
- Applications for the funding of developer led or commercial excavations are not considered
- Applications for projects directly connected to postgraduate studies in a third level institution will not be considered
- Applicants are not allowed to claim a directorial salary from funds awarded. The grant, upon the submission of vouched expenses, may be used to pay out of pocket directorial expenses accrued as a result of working on the excavation. All expenditure must be vouched.
- Applicants are reminded that research excavations offer an opportunity for students of archaeology to gain practical experience. Applicants should note however that offsite training, field trips etc. will be the responsibility of the applicant and will not be funded by the Academy Archaeology Research Excavation grant
- An application will be deemed ineligible if it does not include all required supporting documentation and confirmations listed above
- Applications from any applicant who has one or more excavation reports outstanding to the licensing authority or Royal Irish Academy
Who can apply
- This scheme is open to archaeological researchers/archaeologists for work in the Republic of Ireland. It is not open to undergraduate or postgraduate students, or PhD candidates.
- The committee does not normally consider projects where the applicant will not be the excavation licence holder (unless there are exceptional circumstances which will be examined on a case-by-case basis)
- Applications are accepted for the following
- New projects (projects not previously funded by the Royal Irish Academy)
- Continuing projects (projects previously funded by the Royal Irish Academy)
The Archaeology Research Excavation Grants scheme 2018/2019 closed on 26th November 2018. The 2019/2020 scheme will open in Autumn 2019.
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