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Archaeology C14 Radiocarbon Dates Scheme

The Royal Irish Academy in association with Queen's University Belfast, offers radiocarbon dating for up to twelve applicants per annum, to be used for the purposes of archaeological research in Ireland. A minimum of two out of the twelve radiocarbon dates offered are exclusively allocated to students each year.

The offer is intended to assist research projects, including people pursing an academic degree. It is not our intention to fund commercial archaeology companies or developer funded projects. Priority will be given to proposals that address critical research issues.

Academics from all levels are welcome to apply to this scheme (undergraduate, post-graduate students, established researchers etc.)

How To Apply

Applicants are required to submit a detailed proposal for their research project via an online submission form  to include:

  • The proposed samples for dating
  • Details of sample excavation
  • The overarching research issues that the proposed date(s) will address
  • Plans for dissemination and publication of results of radiocarbon dates

Please note that each researcher may submit a up to maximum of 5 samples through the application form, however, the Standing Committee for Archaeology will usually not provide more than three samples to a single applicant.

All queries can be sent to

The Academy may contact applicants from time to time to seek clarification on elements of the application.

Submission deadline:

23:55 (GMT), Thursday 05 April 2018

All personal data collected will be used solely for the purpose of conducting a funding review assessment in line with General Data Protection Regulations. The 2018 RIA transparency statement can be found here.

Find Out More

You might also be interested in our other Archaeology Grants Schemes - Archaeological Research Grants.

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