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Applying for an Archaeology Research Grant

In order to make an application for funding you will need to familiarise yourself with the ‘Guidelines for applicants’ document.

Please click here to access the online application form.

How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a detailed application form online, 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

  • Applicants are required to inform the RIA of any potential conflicts of interests. In this regard applicants proposing to employ family members or spouses during the course of the research are required to disclose this to the RIA in advance of the drawdown of funds

  • Where relevant 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 research

  • In cases where the proposed research is of a National Monument in Ireland 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

  • If the proposed research is of a site or monument which is a  scheduled historic monument or a Monument in State Care/ Guardianship, or in close proximity to same (in Northern Ireland) letters from the relevant Senior Inspector within the Historic Environment Division of DfC stating that the applicant has discussed the application and that there is permission in principle.

Funding available

Thanks to increased funding this year we are welcoming ambitious applications. Funding of up to €5,000 is available per project. All applications will be assessed in a competitive context and no one grant will exceed 50% of the total grant funding for the year.

Costs and activities which are eligible

  • Relevant research expenses (e.g. aerial and remote sensing surveys, scientific analysis etc.)

  • Applications will be considered for further research emanating from what were originally developer-led projects, provided all licensing requirements have been met in full

  • Applicants must list current sources of research funding and justify why additional funds are sought from the RIA

Costs and activities which are ineligible

  • Costs of archaeological excavations

  • Applications for the funding of research as part of developer led or commercial excavations are not eligible

  • Applicants are not allowed to claim a salary from funds awarded. The grant, upon the submission of vouched expenses, may be used to pay out of pocket applicant expenses accrued as a result of carrying out the research.  All expenditure must be vouched.

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

  • Applications from any applicant who has one or more reports outstanding to the licensing authority or RIA

  • Geophysics which is intended to form the basis for a subsequent grant from the RIA is not allowed under this scheme

Who can apply

  • Researchers are expected to be based on the island of Ireland. Applications from researchers based beyond the island of Ireland will be examined on a case-by-case basis, bearing in mind the best interests of any associated assemblage

  • This scheme is for research associated with the archaeology of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland, with the highest quality projects funded regardless of jurisdiction

Applications are accepted for the following

  • An innovative and standalone research question with a standalone research answer into which research might provide an original contribution to archaeological knowledge

Submission deadline

The Archaeology Research Grant Scheme opens on 10th February and the deadline for applications is 30th March 2022.

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