Irish Research Council ‘New Foundations’ Scheme 2014: Call closed


Incorporating the 'Engaging Civic Society' Strand in partnership with the Wheel 

The Irish Research Council ‘New Foundations’ scheme supports eligible researchers who intend to pursue research, networking and/or dissemination activities within and across the diversity of disciplines. This scheme provides support for research actions, the development of networks, conference development, conference participation or attendance, creation of workshops and/or more general dissemination activities designed to communicate the outcomes and values of academic research in Ireland and beyond.

This year, the scheme will include three distinct strands:

Strand 1: Engaging Civic Society - This new strand, which is run in partnership with The Wheel, will support small, discrete collaborative research projects between postdoctoral or senior researchers (acting as the applicant to the Council) and a community/voluntary group.

Strand 2: Marking the National Decade of Centenaries – the Council is offering this new strand to support activities designed specifically to contribute to the Decade of Centenaries Programme (see for more information on the Programme).

Strand 3: Enhancing Knowledge Exchange - This strand supports eligible researchers who intend to conduct knowledge exchange and general dissemination activities in the promotion of their research. 

**FAQs document now available below**

The key dates for the 2014 New Foundation call are:

FAQ deadline

4pm 7th November 2014

Application deadline

4pm 14th November 2014

Outcome of scheme

January 2015

Commencement date

March 2015


In the first instance, applicants should consult the Terms and Conditions of the scheme for further detail.

Applicants should ask the Research Office (or equivalent) in their institution for clarification on the call. If unable to provide clarity, the Research Office should send questions to with the subject ‘New Foundations 2014 FAQ’.

Community and voluntary groups interested in participating in this initiative must be in collaboration with an Academic Partner based in a Higher Education Institution (HEI). Those seeking an Academic Partner can complete an expression of interest form detailing their area of interest. Completed expressions of interest will be advertised on the Council website and social media. For further information, please email All queries will be addressed via the FAQ system.  

Documents (2014 Call), downloadable below: