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Archaeology Research Grants

The Royal Irish Academy runs an annual Archaeology Research Grants Scheme in partnership with the National Monuments Service (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht). The objective of this scheme is to fund research projects in Irish archaeology, which provide a significant and original contribution to archaeological knowledge.

The research grant is intended to focus on an innovative and standalone research question with a standalone research answer.

It is not our intention to fund commercial archaeology companies or developer funded projects and it should be noted that this grant cannot be used as a precursor to excavation.

Geophysics which is intended to form the basis for a grant for excavation is not allowed under this scheme. PhD students are welcome to apply under this scheme.

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 aims and scope of the project
  • The significance of the proposed project and probable contribution to knowledge
  • Plans for dissemination and publication of research results

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

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 Archaeology Research Grants Transparency Statement can be found here

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