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Applying for a Charlemont Grant

Information required to apply for 2019/2020

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 or science) to which their application is to be assigned.

Applicants are required to register their interest here to receive an application pack, and then submit a detailed application form online, 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.

  • All applicants associated with a HEI must be accompanied by a signed letter from the head of your department or institution confirming leave of absence will be given if the visit is to take place during term time. If the visit is intended to take place outside of term time, a letter of support from your institution is still required. If you are not currently working under contract to any one institution, please give details of your current employment or status.

Applications from independent scholars are welcome.

Applications will be made ineligible if relevant letters of support for the collaboration are not provided.

Funding available

The scheme will be competitive, and the average grant awarded has previously been in the region of €1,500-€2,000. 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 and 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.

The only expenses payable are the costs directly related to the research being carried out, up to a maximum of €2,500. All expenses must be supported with vouched expenditure. Please note that these costs are subject to the subsistence rates as set out by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. A per diem rate is not offered to grantees in cases where vouched receipts are not provided.

Costs and activities which are ineligible

  • Postgraduate students are not eligible to apply for grant support from the Academy, and principal investigators (and co-investigators where appropriate) are asked to confirm that they are not currently working towards a PhD, nor awaiting the outcome of a viva voce examination, nor awaiting the acceptance of any corrections required by the examiners.

  • Applications from senior academics will not be considered.

  • Only one Charlemont Grant award may be held, or applied for, at any one time.

  • 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 principal investigator or co-investigator(s) named in the current application.

  • 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 principal researcher(s) 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.

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 PhDs at the start of the term of the grant period. Therefore you must have obtained your PhD on or after 19th February 2013*. 

  • Applicants must confirm that they are not awaiting the outcome of a viva voce examination, nor awaiting the acceptance of any corrections required by the examiners.

  • 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

The eligibility periods can be extended beyond 7 years for the following properly documented circumstances, provided they started before the call deadline:

- Maternity: 18 months extension for each child born before or after the PhD award. 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 call deadline.

- Paternity: extension by the documented time of paternity leave taken until the call deadline for each child born before or after the PhD award.

- Long-term illness or national service: extension by the documented amount of leave taken by the Principal Investigator until the call deadline for each incident which occurred after the PhD award date

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. 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, or (ii) explore opportunities to build lasting research collaborative networks or (iii) to gain access to ideas or library resources, research facilities including the use of equipment or (iv) receive research training not available in Ireland

  • Funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; or for visits by or to partner scholars.

Submission deadline

The Charlemont Grant Scheme is open from 25 October 2019 until 4 December 2019. All queries can be sent to



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