The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

Read more about the RIA

Applying for a Charlemont Grant

The focus of proposed projects must be on the significance of the proposed collaborative element, and all applications must include an illustration of the potential for long-term collaboration and planned  outputs (e.g. publications, public engagement, presentation in RIA, further applications). This scheme also allows for travel costs, including travel within the island of Ireland, but travel should not be the main focus of the application.

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 2020/2021

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) their application should 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 must attach a letter of agreement from the institution with whom they intend to partner, confirming the institution’s willingness to work together on the proposed project
  • All applicants associated with a HEI must be accompanied by a signed letter from the head of their department or institution confirming their permission and support for the project to take place. 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 - €2,500. 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 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)
  • Research assistance
  • Limited consumables (to a maximum of €500) to include specialist software, photocopies etc

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

The only expenses payable are the costs directly related to the research being carried out, up to a maximum of €2500

  • Postgraduate students are not eligible to apply for grant support from the Academy, and applicants 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; collaboration 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;

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 2014. Candidates with PhDs awarded before that date will not be eligible.*
  • 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, carer’s leave 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 collaboration between an applicant in one institution based on the island of Ireland and a researcher  in an institution in Northern Ireland or overseas, which will have an identifiable outcome on the completion of the project
  • In the case of a primary applicant from Northern Ireland the partner cannot be from elsewhere in Northern Ireland and similarly if the primary applicant is from the Republic of Ireland the partner must not be from the Republic of Ireland
  • The key objectives of the research visit should be to: (i) initiate collaborations, or (ii) explore opportunities to build lasting research collaborative networks or
  • 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 if appropriate.

Submission deadline

The Charlemont Grant Scheme opened from 22 September 2020 until 4 November 2020. All queries can be sent to



Stay up to date with the Royal Irish Academy newsletter

Sign up now