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Applying for a Directed Archaeological Research for World Heritage Sites Grant

The Royal Irish Academy, together with the National Monuments Service runs a grant scheme for Directed Archaeological Research for World Heritage Sites. This scheme offers an opportunity for those working on the archaeology of the Brú na Bóinne and Sceilig Mhichíl World Heritage Sites to seek funding for their work. 

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 

A completed application form including: 

  • 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 work
  • Where relevant, a letter from the NMS stating that the applicant has discussed the application and that there is permission in principle for the proposed work
  • A copy of the relevant section of the Ordnance Survey map with the site or sites marked.

Costs and activities which are eligible 

  • Research costs, travel and subsistence based on vouched expenditure.

Please remember that expenses should be kept within reasonable bounds and are subject to  specific  Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regulations.

Costs and activities which are ineligible 

  • An application will be deemed ineligible if it does not include all required supporting documentation and confirmations listed below
  • Applications for projects directly connected to postgraduate studies in a third level institution are excluded
  • Successful 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 project
  • The grant does not fund institutional overheads, and the grant cannot be used to cover any element that should be properly ascribed to institutional overheads
  • The purchase of items of equipment (e.g. cameras or survey equipment) that researchers would normally be expected to have are ineligible
  • Applications from any applicant who has under a statutory/consent or licence, an outstanding requirement to submit a report shall be ineligible

Who can apply 

This scheme is open to archaeological researchers working in the Republic of Ireland. It is not open to undergraduate or postgraduate students, or PhD candidates.

Applications are accepted for the following 

Non-destructive research proposals, which may include surveys, such as LIDAR, building surveys, measured surveys of earthworks, geophysics, fieldwalking, palynology, soil sampling and public archaeology initiatives.

Submission deadline 

The Directed Research for World Heritage Sites Scheme opened on 3rd September and will close on 14th October 2019. 

All queries can be sent to 



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