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Archaeology Research Excavation Grants

The Academy has a long association with the funding of archaeological excavation and field research in Ireland. Since 1970 the RIA Standing Committee for Archaeology (previously the Academy Committee for Archaeology) has administered an annual fund provided by the National Monuments Service (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht). The fund has financed more than 90 excavations in Ireland, thus enabling scholars to make a substantial contribution to our knowledge of the past. This is the only fund in Ireland supporting independent research excavation.

How To Apply

The deadline for the scheme has now closed. It will reopen in Autumn 2018.

All queries can be sent to 

Read the Terms and Conditions


In order to make its decisions, the committee must consider the following:

  • The security of the country's dwindling archaeological resource base
  • The relevance of the proposal to the furtherance of archaeological knowledge
  • The ability of the applicant to carry out a competent excavation and analysis of the results
  • Evidence that the applicant will be able to call upon necessary conservation and scientific resources  
  • The likelihood that adequate publication will follow

Applicants will be required to submit a detailed research design for their proposed project. If approved, funding may be allocated for one or more of the following stages of a project:

  • Prospecting which may include excavation in the same field season, or excavation in subsequent seasons depending on results of the geophysical survey
  • Topographical / building survey or geophysical prospecting
  • Site excavation conducted over one or more seasons
  • Post-excavation analysis and preparation of a full report
  • Publication of the results
  • Archiving of the excavation material  

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