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Applying for a Praeger Grant in Natural History

How to apply

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

Funding available

It is anticipated that the scheme will be competitive, and that grants will be awarded in the region of €3,000.

Costs and activities which are eligible

  • The only expenses payable are the costs directly related to the research being carried out, up to a maximum of €3,000
  • Funding for additional elements of the overall project may be sought elsewhere

Costs and activities which are ineligible

  • The purchase of large items of equipment (over the value of €500) are not considered eligible costs
  • Purchase of computers, cameras and optical equipment that are not directly relevant to the research
  • Grants cannot be made in support of undergraduate or postgraduate student programmes, for second-level education projects or for any part of the applicants' professional work
  • An application cannot be accepted if the applicant has a report outstanding on a previous RIA grant
  • Funding for media-based dissemination costs

Who can apply

  • The grant is open to applicants intending to do research on Ireland’s field natural history 
  • Applicants may be professional researchers but the project they propose must be separate from their professional or employment commitments.
  • Applications from those who are not professionally engaged in field natural history are welcome
  • There is no requirement for an applicant to be a university graduate, however applicants must demonstrate that their research is likely to constitute a significant and scholarly contribution to the area of study
  • The core of the field-based research must take place on the island of Ireland

Submission deadline

The Praeger Grants in Natural History opens on 28th February and will close on 14 April 2022.  

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