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Grant Funding Announcement

13 January 2023

The Royal Irish Academy and The Royal Society of Edinburgh are delighted to announce funding for two innovative collaborative projects under the Ireland–Scotland Bilateral Network Grants scheme.

The Royal Irish Academy are delighted to announce a grant of £12,500 to Dr Sophie Price, Munster Technological University for ‘Exploring a regenerative tourism approach to rural community development in Scotland & Ireland’ as part of the second year of the Ireland-Scotland Bilateral Network Grants scheme which is funded by the Scottish Government Office in Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The funded project will see researchers from Munster Technological University and their partners in the University of the Highlands and Islands working to investigate how we can transcend the extant practice of gauging the health of the tourism sector by the value of its economic contribution and, instead, think in terms of measuring success with a wider range of more inclusive, non-monetary indicators.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh have also announced that a grant will be made to Dr Jemima Napier of Heriot-Watt University to work with partners in Trinity College Dublin on their joint project ‘Silent harm: Empowering Deaf Women Surviving Domestic Violence Post-Covid in Rural Areas.

This year the scheme invited applications which addressed the theme of ‘Revival, Resilience and Recovery: Academic and Research networks post Covid-19’ from researchers working across the areas of oceanography, aquaculture and rural development.

This scheme, which is in its second year focuses on strengthening co-operation and learning between excellent researchers, academics and practitioners in Scotland and Ireland within the five thematic areas identified within the 2021 Irish–Scottish Bilateral Review.

For further details of the scheme see Ireland/Scotland bilateral network grants

Caption: MTU staff involved in the project. MaryRose Stafford, Executive head of school business, computing and humanities, Dr Aisling Ward and Dr Sophie Price, tourism lecturers and research leaders.

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