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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.

Further information

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Data Protection

All personal data collected will be used solely for the purpose of conducting a funding review assessment in line with General Data Protection Regulation.

Appeals

The Royal Irish Academy has an agreed set of  procedures and responsibilities for appeals in connection with a decision to decline funding of a grant application. For further information see here.

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.

The project uses historical data relating to the English and Scottish men and women who settled in the six escheated counties of Ulster in the period, c.1609-1641. In the first phase, the database incorporated some of the key sources for the study of the Ulster plantation: grants of forfeited land, military muster lists, surviving court records and the secondary literature on the plantation.

The R.J. Hunter Grants Scheme was established in 2014 using funding generously made available by his daughter, Ms Laura Hunter Houghton, through the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

R.J. (Bob) Hunter was a highly respected (and much loved) historian of the Ulster Plantation, who spent the bulk of his academic career teaching at the University of Ulster. His varied research interests included the role of the English settler in the Ulster Plantation, the history of Ulster trade and migration from and to Britain and North America, the development of towns, and the cultural and intellectual history of Ulster from 1580 to 1660. In light of the breadth of these research ambitions, it is no surprise to find that, upon his untimely death in 2007, his private papers (now lodged in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland) attest to a great body of unfinished research.

Please join the Academy mailing list and select grants to receive notifications and updates.

Find Out More

Should you have any questions or require further information on this grant scheme, please email grants@ria.ie

Data Protection

All personal data collected will be used solely for the purpose of conducting a funding review assessment in line with General Data Protection Regulation.

Appeals

The Royal Irish Academy has an agreed set of procedures and responsibilities for appeals in connection with a decision to decline funding of a grant application. For further information see here.

Applying for a R.J. Hunter Digital Fellowship

In order to make an application for funding you will need to familiarise yourself with the

Guidelines for applicants document

Access the online application form

How to apply

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

  • A letter verifying relevant competencies from one named referee.

Who can apply:

  • Applications are open to all researchers who have obtained a PhD
  • 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 should be ordinarily resident and working in Ireland (including Northern Ireland)
  • This scheme is open to candidates who may have already completed a post-doc, provided all other criteria is met.
  • Fellows must not be employed as a permanent member of staff in an Irish HEI

Terms and conditions of Fellowship:

  • The host institution for the Fellowship is the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast. The Fellow will be mentored by Professor Mary O’Dowd and Professor Tom O’Connor, Maynooth University.  The technical support for the online database will be provided by the Centre for Digital Humanities at Maynooth University. Fellows will be expected to meet regularly with both Professor O’Dowd and Professor O’Connor.
  • Hybrid/Remote working will be possible but the details must be agreed in writing with the two Academic Mentors. The Fellow must agree to meeting with the two Academic Mentors in Belfast and Maynooth in person as well as remotely.  S/he must also commit to working on the Hunter archive in PRONI that is not accessible digitally and to making use of other resources in PRONI and QUB Library not available elsewhere. The Academic Mentors may also require the Fellow to attend other events or meetings as arranged by QUB, Maynooth University or the RIA.
  • The work of the project will be overseen by a small Steering Committee.
  • It is the responsibility of the Academic Mentors to ensure that if the Fellow leaves the host institution or is not devoting sufficient time or effort to the Fellowship, that the RIA is informed immediately.
  • Duties that fall outside of the Fellowship such as teaching duties, supervision, education provision, support activities etc are permitted provided the Fellow provides the RIA with a written statement of support from their Academic Mentors and obtains prior written permission from the RIA. This is dependent on the work not being excessive (does not exceed a total of 50 hours per academic term) and does not prevent researchers from carrying out their research activities.
  • The completed database will be the intellectual property of the RIA. The Fellow may, however, publish work based on the research completed for the Fellowship.

Value and details of Fellowship

  • The total value of the Fellowship is up to a maximum of €61,01013 in a year covering salary costs, national insurance and superannuation PRSI contributions and employer’s pension contributions (where applicable).
  • The Fellowship must start in September 2024

Breakdown of funding

  • An annual salary of €46,713 within the funding term
  • National insurance contribution costs of €4,897
  • Superannuation of €10,090
  • Eligible direct research support and travel expenses (up to a maximum of €7,500 over the 18 months) to include essential research supplies such as a laptop, small consumables, archival research costs, access to appropriate research repositories or libraries, licences for software and online resources, books and journals and travel between Belfast and Maynooth. Only vouched expenses incurred in carrying out the research during the funding term will be allowed under this heading.
  • No portion of the Fellowship fund may be used to cover institutional overheads or any element that should be ascribed to institutional overheads.
  • Subventions towards production or publication costs are not an eligible expense.
  • While the award is made to an individual researcher the fund is to be administered through the appropriate office within the HEI.

Deadline for submissions

The R.J. Hunter Digital Fellowship scheme closes on Wednesday 27 March 2024.