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

Priority will be given to proposals that address critical research issues.

It is not our intention to fund commercial archaeology companies or developer funded projects.

How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a detailed proposal for their research project via an online submission that must address the following:

  • 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

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

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.

Submission deadline

The Archaeology Research Grants Scheme opens usually in February each year and remains open for approximately six weeks. The deadline is usually the first week in April.

Find Out More

Should you have any questions or require further information on this grant scheme, please email

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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 Regulations. The RIA Archaeology C14 Radiocarbon Dates Scheme Transparency Statement can be found  here.

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