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Applying for a Charlemont Grant

All applications should demonstrate that Academy funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of collaborative research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion of the Academy-funded component of the project.

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.

How to apply

Applicants are advised to take care in noting which section of the scheme (e.g. humanities/social sciences or sciences) their application should be assigned.

Applicants are required to register their interest here to receive a link to the application form which they must use to submit a detailed application form online via jotform, along with the following supporting material:

  • Those applying under the science section of the scheme must attach a letter of invitation from the institutions(s) or research group(s) they are intending to visit or a note explaining the present situation vis-à-vis the invitation.
  • Those applying under the humanities section of the scheme must attach a letter of invitation from the institutions(s) or research group(s) they are intending to visit, except in cases where the planned visit is to a research library or archival institution. In such cases a short note providing a general overview of the library or archival institution is required along with details of plans for access
  • All applicants associated with a HEI must accompany their application with a signed letter of support from the head of your department or institution. If the research visit is to take place in term time, then confirmation should be included in the letter that leave of absence will be granted for this period.
  • Applications from independent scholars are welcome. If you are not currently working under contract to an academic institution, please give details of your current employment or status and include a letter of support from a relevant Academic researcher who is independent of the project and with whom you have worked.
  • The letter of support is your opportunity to show the support of your institution or general recognition of the significance of your proposed research. The Academy encourages applicants to use this opportunity. Applications will be made ineligible if relevant letters of support for the collaboration are not provided.

To view a template application click here (for reference once). All applications must be submitted via jotform.

Funding available

The scheme will be competitive, and the average grant awarded has previously been in the region of €1,500 - €2,500. No one grant will exceed €2,500.

Costs and activities which are eligible

Grants may be sought to cover the direct expenses incurred in planning, conducting, and developing the research. All purchases must be supported with vouched expenditure. The costs incurred may include:

  • Project planning and development costs (cost of travel for discussion in Ireland and overseas; initial workshops with potential partners)
  • Travel and maintenance for grant holder incurred during international visit
  • Research assistance
  • Limited consumables (to a maximum of €500) to include specialist software, photocopies etc.

A per diem rate is not offered to grantees in cases where vouched receipts are not provided.

Costs and activities which are ineligible

  • Only one Charlemont Grant award may be held, or applied for, at any one time.
  • The remit of the call is to establish/foster new collaborations; travel to collaborate with former supervisors is not allowed.
  • institutional overheads, or any element that should properly be ascribed to institutional overheads; computer hardware including laptops, electronic notebooks, digital cameras, etc; lab / bench fees, books and other permanent resources;
  • the preparation of camera-ready copy, copy-editing, nor any other editorial task;
  • subventions for direct production costs, costs of publication in electronic media;
  • payment to the applicant in lieu of salary or replacement teaching costs;
  • travel and maintenance expenses for purposes such as lecture tours or to write up the results of research.
  • An application will not be accepted if there is a report outstanding or any outstanding funds to be returned on any previous research grant awarded by the Academy to the applicant named in the current application.

Who can apply

  • Applications are open to all researchers who have obtained a PhD (viva voce must have been passed by the application deadline) and who are within seven years of receiving their PhD at the start of the term of the grant period. Therefore you must have obtained your PhD on or after 10th February 2016. Candidates with PhDs awarded before that date will not be eligible.*
  • Applicants can submit one application per grant round.
  • Previous scholars are eligible to re-apply, if they meet criteria.
  • Applicants should be ordinarily resident and working in Ireland (including Northern Ireland)
  • Applicants may hold a maximum of two Academy awards in any five-year period.

*Circumstances for extending eligibility

  • Maternity leave: 18-month extension for each child born before or after the PhD award, regardless of how long the applicant took for maternity leave. If the applicant can document a longer maternity leave, the eligibility period will be extended by the documented amount of actual leave taken until the deadline of the grant scheme. The same principle also applies for child adoption.
  • Paternity leave: Applicants will be granted an extension equal to the documented amount of paternity leave actually taken for each child born before or after the PhD award. The same principle also applies for child adoption.
  • Parental or carer’s leave: Applicants will be granted an extension equal to the documented amount of leave actually taken by the applicant for each incident which occurred after the PhD award.
  • Long-term illness (over ninety days for the applicant or a close family member, i.e. child, spouse, parent, sibling): applicants will be granted an extension equal to the documented amount of leave actually taken by the applicant for each incident which occurred after the PhD award.

Applications are accepted for the following

  • Proposals for a clearly defined piece of research or research activity undertaken through a short international visit, which will have an identifiable outcome on the completion of the project
  • The scheme will support a short visit to any country to support primary research in any subject area
  • Applications for visits of between one week and six weeks in length will be considered
  • The key objectives of the research visit should be to: (i) initiate one-to-one collaborations, and/or (ii) explore opportunities to build lasting research collaborative networks and/or (iii) to gain access to ideas, library resources, research facilities including the use of equipment and/or (iv) receive research training not available in Ireland
  • Funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development and to support the direct costs of research

Submission deadline

The Charlemont Grant Scheme opened on 20 September 2022 and will close on 1 November 2022. All queries can be sent to



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