New Horizons Research Project Scheme: CALL NOW CLOSED

The aim of the New Horizons Strand Interdisciplinary Award is twofold:

  • To encourage AHSS researchers to collaborate with STEM researchers on interdisciplinary projects that address societal challenges in the medium term under Horizon 2020. 
  • To help AHSS researchers to form new connections and build on existing national and international networks to develop pilot studies, prepare preliminary findings and help establish consortia on upcoming topics across all Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges
Award Duration Applicant Funding Type
 IRC New Horizons Interdisciplinary (IDR) Award  15-24 months No less than 2 years post-PhD  Up to €220k  AHSS (led) & STEM 

Key Eligibility:

Successful applicants will be academics who hold contracts of sufficient duration to carry out the proposed research at a recognised HEI or Research Performing Organisation in the Republic of Ireland. Investigators should have a PhD for a minimum of two years. Recipients of Irish Research Council Research Development Initiative, Collaborative Research Project or Research Project Grant funding in 2014 or 2015 will be ineligible to apply for New Horizons funding. Successful New Horizons applicants cannot be in receipt of any other Council funding at the proposed start date, with the exception of New Foundations and Ulysses awards. Please see documentation below for more detail regarding eligibility criteria. 

Expression of Interest Form

All applicants must submit an Expression of Interest template (available on the Council’s website) by 4pm, Friday, 30th September 2016 to projects@research.ieThe Council will acknowledge receipt of all submitted Expression of Interest forms by email.  Applicants are advised not to telephone the office to seek confirmation of receipt of their Expression of Interest form.

The purpose of the Expressions of Interest form is to facilitate the Council in selecting peer reviewers for the evaluation process. Applicants will be required to provide a short description (max. 50 words) and keywords. It is mandatory to submit an Expression of Interest form: failure to submit an Expression of Interest form will render an application ineligible. 


Any queries relating to these terms and conditions, or the operation of the scheme generally should be submitted to the relevant Research Office/Officer of the HEI or RPO in the first instance. In the interest of transparency and fairness to all applicants, the Council Executive will not discuss queries over the telephone

A list of all queries, not resolved by the Research Office, should then be submitted as a batch to by the designated Research Officer within eligible institutions. The FAQ page on the IRC website will be updated on a weekly basis (Friday) up until 21st October 2016.

Important deadlines  
Launch of Call  12th September 2016
 Expressions of Interest deadline  4pm, 30th September 2016
 FAQ deadline  4pm, 21st October 2016
 APPLICANT DEADLINE   4pm, 28th October 2016
 Research Office endorsement deadline  4pm, 4th November 2016
 Outcome of scheme  End November 2016
Project commencement date  12th December 2016