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Overview

The Royal Irish Academy, together with the National Monuments Service are pleased to invite applications for this scheme which supports research and analysis connected to archival artifacts and other excavation-related material arising from non-RIA excavations of sites in Ireland (not including Northern Ireland).

What you need to know to apply

Applications are accepted for the following

Research and analysis connected to archival artefacts and other excavation-related material arising from non-RIA excavations of sites in Ireland (including Northern Ireland).

Aims and Priorities

  • Maximising the informative potential of already-excavated archaeological material, in the context of the finite nature of the archaeological resource
  • Standalone questions into which research might provide an original/innovative contribution to archaeological knowledge

Assessment Criteria

In order to make a decision, each application will be assessed on the following weighted criteria:

  1. The relevance of the proposal to the furtherance of the aims and priorities of this grant scheme (30%)
  2. The ability of the applicant to carry out the proposed research, demonstrated through a track record of relevant competencies, as appropriate to their career stage (30%)
  3. The design, resources and methodologies that are being brought to this project to enable its success, including personnel, skills, equipment, facilities, technologies and materials. Highlight those that are innovative or State of the Art (20%)
  4. Evidence of plan for impactful and relevant dissemination (20%)

Costs and activities which are eligible

  • Research costs including specialist’s fees and services, materials, travel and subsistence expenses.
  • Salary costs of grant recipients and research team members are considered an eligible cost if, in order to participate in the project they must have their time ‘bought out’, or they must take time out from their usual employment, or would not be funded to do this work without the grant funding and are not simultaneously in receipt of another income. As the Academy can only reimburse costs which are supported by evidence of payment any request to reimburse salary costs must be supported by evidence that the salary has been paid (in the form of payslips, paid invoices etc.) from the employing body.
  • Applications will be considered for further research emanating from what were originally developer-led projects, provided all licensing requirements have been met in full.
  • Applicants must list any current sources of research funding and justify why additional funds are sought from the RIA.

Costs and activities which are ineligible

  • Costs of archaeological excavations or surveys or fieldwork.
  • Applications for the funding of research as part of developer-led or commercial excavations that have not fulfilled their licensing requirements in full.
  • 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 that researchers would normally be expected to have are ineligible.

Ineligible applicants

Applications from any applicant with one or more excavation reports outstanding to the Licensing Authority unless they have agreed a submission date for outstanding licences and have an official Compliance Letter from NMS agreeing to this.

Applications from any applicant who has previously been funded by the Academy for projects which have not been completed to the standard required by the grant and/or licence conditions.

Who can apply

This scheme is open to archaeological researchers/archaeologists, including PhD students, undergraduate students, postgraduate students, for work in Ireland (not including Northern Ireland).

The Archaeological Archives  Research Grants Scheme opened on 4th September and will close on 12th October 2023.

What is required to apply

In order to make an application for funding you will need to familiarise yourself with the ‘Guidelines for applicants’ document.

Applicants are required to submit a detailed application form online, including:

  • A letter from one named referee who is independent* of the project, verifying the applicant’s competence to undertake the research. *The exception is where an application is made by a PhD student, in which case that reference must be from their supervisor.
  • Detailed costings of proposed research.
  • Where relevant, a copy of a detailed quotation received from proposed specialist/s.
  • Where relevant, correspondence from the NMI stating that the applicant has discussed the application and that there is permission in principle for the proposed work based on the project rationale. It is strongly advised, if a proposal will require licences to alter and/or export, that those discussions should include the methodology detail.

An application will be deemed ineligible if it does not include all required supporting documentation and confirmations.

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Overview

The Royal Irish Academy, together with the National Monuments Service are pleased to invite applications for post-excavation research for Archaeological Research Excavations which were previously funded by the Royal Irish Academy and whose RIA excavation funding ended at least five years ago.

 

What you need to know to apply

The maximum award available to a project under this round of funding is €30,000.

All queries can be sent to grants@ria.ie with the subject line ‘Archaeology Legacy Projects’

Applications are accepted for the following:

Proposals for post-excavation work on RIA-funded excavations that took place over five years ago, including post-excavation assessment, analyses, reporting, publication and archiving, as follows:

  • Post-excavation Assessment – a thorough assessment of the outstanding post-excavation needs of the project, and a programme for completion of same; including a description of the site record, production of artefacts and ecofact catalogues, a structured stratigraphic account of the archaeological remains excavated, and a clear picture of the intended post-excavation analyses, interpretation and dissemination to follow.
  • Further post-excavation to lead to completion of a final excavation report as per licence/consent and grant condition, including the production of plans/sections for publication, illustration of finds, specialist reports on artefacts and ecofacts, radiocarbon dates and other scientific analyses.
  • Necessary conservation work on artefacts and preparation and listing of finds according to National Museum of Ireland guidelines to enable their accession to the National Museum
  • Publication and dissemination of the project (distinct from final excavation report as per licence/consent condition) including editing and production of additional illustrations as necessary.
  • Completion of the project, including archiving and accession of project records and artefacts to NMS and NMI as appropriate.

Aims and Priorities

  • The completion of legacy archaeological excavation projects in a timely and managed way
  • The furtherance of archaeological knowledge in the context of the finite nature of the archaeological resource

Assessment Criteria

In order to make a decision, each application will be assessed on the following weighted criteria:

  1. The relevance of the proposal to the furtherance of archaeological knowledge, in the context of the finite nature of the archaeological resource. (30%)
  2. The ability of the applicant to carry out the proposed research, demonstrated through a track record of relevant competencies (30%)
  3. The design, resources and methodologies that are being brought to this project to enable its success, including personnel, skills, equipment, facilities, technologies and materials. Highlight those that are innovative or State of the Art (20%)
  4. Evidence of plan for impactful and relevant dissemination (20%)

Costs and activities which are eligible

  • Post-excavation costs including staff*, post excavation running costs, specialist consumables travel and subsistence expenses, specialists’ fees, and scientific analyses.

*Salary costs of grant recipients are considered an eligible cost if, in order to participate in the project they must have their time ‘bought out’, or they must take time out from their usual employment, or would not be financially supported to do this work without the grant funding and are not simultaneously in receipt of another income. As the Academy can only reimburse costs which are supported by evidence of payment any request to reimburse salary costs must be supported by evidence that the salary has been paid (in the form of payslips, paid invoices etc.) from the employing body.

Costs and activities which are ineligible

  • Institutional overheads, or any element that should properly be ascribed to institutional overheads (e.g. computer hardware including laptops, electronic notebooks, digital cameras, etc., lab / bench fees, books and other permanent resources).
  • Applications from any applicant with one or more excavation reports outstanding to the Licensing Authority unless they have agreed a submission date for outstanding licenses and have an official Compliance Letter from NMS agreeing to this.
  • Applications from any applicant who has previously been funded by the Academy for projects which have not been completed to the standard required by the grant and/or licence conditions.

Who can apply

  • This scheme is only open to post-excavation research (including publication and/or archiving) for Archaeological Research Excavations which were previously funded by the Royal Irish Academy and whose RIA excavation funding ended at least five years ago, here termed RIA-funded Legacy Project.
  • This scheme is open to archaeological researchers/archaeologists for work in Ireland (not including Northern Ireland). Undergraduate, postgraduate students, or PhD candidates may not be the lead applicant but may be involved in an application.
  • The Committee does not normally consider projects where the applicant is not the excavation licence holder (unless there are exceptional circumstances which will be examined on a case-by-case basis). If the applicant is not the original licence holder, the applicant must demonstrate that they have full access to all the surviving records, finds and samples from the excavation and the approval to carry out this work from the licence holder or, if the licence holder is not in a position to carry out the work, from the institution to which they belonged.

Ineligible Applicants

  • Applications from any applicant with one or more excavation reports outstanding to the Licensing Authority unless they have agreed a submission date for outstanding licenses and have an official Compliance Letter from NMS agreeing to this.
  • Applications from any applicant who has previously been funded by the Academy for projects which have not been completed to the standard required by the grant and/or licence conditions.

How to apply

Applicants are asked to read the guidelines for applicants carefully before submitting an application.

A completed application form is required, including:
• A letter from one named referee who is independent of the project, verifying the applicant’s
competence to undertake the research.
• Detailed costings of proposed project (using template form provided).
• A clear outline of all efforts made to obtain additional funding from other sources and details
of plans for both funding which is already secured and funding requested in this application.
• A justification for funding the project again, including an explanation of the renewed
commitment or altered circumstance for the project. Please ask your referee to confirm this.
If the applicant is not the licence holder, correspondence from the licence holder confirming
approval for the application to be submitted or where the original licence holder is deceased
or not in a position to provide approval, such approval should be from the institute to which
the licence holder belonged confirming that the applicant has full access to all the surviving
records, finds and samples from the excavation. Where relevant, a copy of a detailed
quotation received from proposed specialist/s.

An application will be deemed ineligible if it does not include all required supporting
documentation and confirmations listed in the guidelines document.

The Archaeology Legacy Grants Scheme opened on 4th September and will close on 12th October 2023.

Supporting Material

Applying for a Nowlan Grant

The scheme aims to expand the range of digitised historical and archaeological sources available through open and free access to researchers, for private study or education purposes. Proposals can take two forms:

  1. The digitisation of a historical or archaeological source or sources (including making it searchable and freely available online)
    or
  2. The updating of existing digital historical or archaeological resources to enable continued online public access

Key Points

  • The intention of these grants is to fund research focusing on professional digitisation with a distinct and identifiable standalone output of making a body of information accessible to anyone upon completion of the project
  • Proposals are welcomed for a clearly defined standalone project accessible on an institutional website, to be completed within the Grant programme timeline (completion by end April 2025)
  • In line with the Academy’s focus on ensuring long term preservation and access to digital collections, all projects must also make their digital outputs and metadata available to the Royal Irish Academy for inclusion in the Digital Repository of Ireland (please see further details in guidelines document)..
  • The purpose of this grant is to provide support for the direct costs of digitising material, up to a maximum of €10,000
  • All applicants must be the copyright holders of the original data, be acting on their behalf, or the work must be out of copyright
  • All queries can be sent to grants@ria.ie

Nowlan Grants Application Form

Information required to apply for 2024

In order to make an application for funding you will need to familiarise yourself with the ‘Guidelines for applicants’ document (PDF).

Funding available

The scheme will be competitive, and there is no lower limit on the amount requested but it is anticipated that Grants will be made in the region of €8,000-€10,000

Costs and activities which are eligible

  • Invoices for services rendered as part of project
  • Salary payments specific to project (as the Academy can only reimburse costs which are supported by evidence of payment, any request to reimburse salary costs must be supported by evidence that the salary has been paid (in the form of payslips, paid invoices etc.) from the employing body)
  • Research costs
  • Limited consumables (to a maximum of €1000)

The only expenses payable are the costs directly related to the research being carried out, up to a maximum of €10,000.

All expenses must be supported with vouched expenditure. Please note that these costs are subject to the maximum subsistence rates (link is external)as set out by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Academy does not pay per diem rates and will only cover expenses that are vouched by receipt.

Costs and activities which are ineligible

  • Grants will not be made retrospectively i.e. the work for which the support is requested must not have commenced before the grant decision is communicated
  • 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
  • Costs which are already funded by another grant or alternative source

Who can apply

  • Researchers (PhD students and onwards) in the field of Irish History based in a third level institution who are on a permanent contract or temporary contract that will not end during the course of the grant
  • Applicants can submit one application per grant round
  • Applicants should be ordinarily resident and working on the island of Ireland (including Northern Ireland)
  • Applicants may hold a maximum of two Nowlan Academy awards in any five-year period

Criteria and assessment priorities

Each application will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit, taking into account originality and the scholarly importance of potential research based on the digitised source
  • Demonstrable ability and experience of applicant to carry out the proposed project
  • Suitability of methodology
  • Feasibility of project within time scale (All projects must be completed, and all associated reports and invoices/financial details submitted by end April 2024).
  • Added value of digitising the proposed source or restoration to public use of an existing digital source
  • Intended outcomes

Submission deadline

The Nowlan Grants Scheme opens from 22 February 2024 until Thursday 11 April 2024. All queries can be sent to grants@ria.ie

Information for Nowlan Digitisation grantees

Those successful for this grant will be notified of the outcome via written letter.

Acceptance Procedure (please read carefully)

  • Please email ‘grants@ria.ie’ indicating your willingness to accept the award, and note the below requirements, by Monday 19th June 2023. In all email correspondence please use the subject line: Nowlan Digitisation Grant scheme and your name.
  • After your acceptance of the grant and any related conditions, our Finance department will contact you under separate cover to request the financial information required. If your institution is administering the award on your behalf, then we require the bank details of the institution. We may also request tax clearance verification details, where necessary.  Failure to submit your details to accounts will delay the grant drawdown.
  • Please note that as per the guidelines for the scheme the uppermost limit for each collection is 50GB. All successful grantees must contact the DRI (k.long@ria.ie) for advice regarding file formats and best practice in digital preservation. Confirmation of this contact is required before grant drawdowns are processed.
  • You may proceed with making your own arrangements for the initiation of the project following the submission of the required financial information and contact with DRI (as noted above). We will begin the payment process for 50% of the grant once the acceptance procedure has been completed and a payment account has been set up. It is advisable to allow up to a month between completion of the above acceptance process and the start date of the project, to allow for the processing of the draw down.

Final payment and Reporting guidelines – by Friday 31st May 2024

  • The remaining 50% will be paid on receipt of your detailed report, which will include a fully vouched and detailed statement of expenditure using the template available here. Deadline for submission of your report is Friday 31st May 2024. The report form, which will be available online or on request from grants@ria.ie, will require details of the central objectives, primary methodology used, research findings/outcomes and/or milestones achieved. This report will also require you to outline your plans for disseminating your findings. You must also give due acknowledgement to the RIA Nowlan Digitisation Scheme in any resulting publication (see the enclosed guidelines for acknowledging funding).

Additional notes (please read as these are important):

  • It should be noted that the sum allocated is the maximum to be awarded and the final amount which you will be reimbursed will be based on vouched expenditure (based on invoices submitted for services rendered and other invoiced costs). Part of the reporting procedure will require you to submit any and all receipts for costs incurred in relation to the project, as any unspent funds or costs for which there is no receipt included must be returned to the Academy.
  • This grant is subject to the maximum travel and subsistence allowances as set out by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. As stated above only vouched expenditure is permitted and must be within the maximums laid out above.  Please note that these are subject to change.
  • Please note that expenses listed as ineligible in the notes to applicants during the application process cannot be claimed.
  • You must also ensure that the ‘Guidelines for acknowledging funding’ are followed including use of the RIA logo as outlined.

Who was Kevin B. Nowlan?

Kevin B. Nowlan (1921-2013) was a Dublin-born scholar who taught history at University College Dublin, 1948-1986. He was a founding member of many cultural associations, particularly those focused on architectural preservation. Kevin B. Nowlan was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1977 and served as Vice-President, 1980-1983 and 1985-1989. Professor Nowlan left a generous bequest to the Academy which has funded The Kevin B. Nowlan Digitisation Grant scheme.

Kevin B. Nowlan Papers

Black and white portrait of Kevin B Nowlan.