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  1. A letter from one named referee who is independent* of the project, verifying the applicant’s competence to undertake the research. *The exception is where an application is made by a PhD student, in which case that reference must be from their supervisor.
  2. Detailed costings of proposed research.
  3. Where relevant, a copy of a detailed quotation received from proposed specialist/s.
  4. Where relevant, correspondence from the NMI stating that the applicant has discussed the application and that there is permission in principle for the proposed work based on the project rationale. It is strongly advised, if a proposal will require licences to alter and/or export, that those discussions should include the methodology detail.

An application will be deemed ineligible if it does not include all required supporting documentation and confirmations.

Online Application Form and Appended Information

Applicants must complete the online application form with the appended information (Sections 1-7) as indicated below. Failure to do so correctly may disqualify the applicant from consideration for funding.

  1. Title of Proposed Project
  2. Please provide a brief abstract (for publicising funded projects etc.)
  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Phone
  4. Email
  1. Please describe your project proposal, its potential significance, and how it meets the aims and priorities of the grant scheme as outlined in the guidelines for applicants (maximum 1000 words).
  2. Please attach correspondence confirming permission in principle for artefact/ecofact work from NMI, if applicable.
  1. Present position
  2. Academic Training
  3. Other Professional qualifications
  4. Recent Research Projects and Publications
  5. Please give the names and addresses of two referees who are competent to judge your ability to undertake the research, have agreed to confirm this in writing and who are independent of the project. The exception is where an application is made by a PhD student, in which case that reference must be from their supervisor.
  6. Please upload a letter of verification from one named referee confirming the applicant’s competence to undertake the research.
  7. Have you previously received funding from the Royal Irish Academy? If yes, please provide details below:
  8. Please provide details of any publications arising from previous grants (if applicable):
  • The answer should include but not be limited to the following:
  • The investigative and research methods (including archiving).
  • A detailed achievable timeframe (ideally in Gantt chart or similar format).
  • Any images which help illustrate the proposal
  • The facilities available to the project.
  • The research partners and/or specialists involved and what they will be contributing.
  • The aspects of the project that are State of the Art, in particular the use of cutting-edge developments in archaeology, including new scientific techniques.

A strategic goal of the RIA is to ‘represent Ireland by engaging and leading in activities that strengthen international recognition of the Academy’s scholarship’.

The Grants subcommittee will wish to see an ambitious plan for dissemination, appropriate to the scale of the research project. As this scheme is publicly funded, please ensure that your plans include making the results of proposed research publicly available. We encourage open access publication.

What are your plans for dissemination including but not limited to community engagement, conference papers and publications? Highlight innovative formats and platforms.

  • Please upload your detailed breakdown of estimated expenses.
  • Total amount sought.
  • Where specialist expertise is anticipated as part of your project please ensure that a detailed quotation from each intended specialist or specialists is uploaded.