COALESCE Research Fund


We are pleased to announce a pilot call under a new fund for research that addresses national and global societal challenges.

COALESCE builds on and brings together two of our former funding programmes, namely Research for Policy and Society and the New Horizons Interdisciplinary Research Awards.

The new call seeks to fund excellent research addressing national and European/global national challenges as set out in the challenge frameworks now in place. The call is run in partnership with a number of government department and agencies, who fund or co-fund specific strands.

It is envisaged that we will award several million euro for this first iteration of the call and will be seeking funding to expand the programme in the years ahead through collaboration with government departments and agencies.

COALESCE will consist of a number of strands including:

  • a national challenge-based strand;
  • specific strands in partnership with government departments;
  • an interdisciplinary strand requiring a lead AHSS (arts, humanities and social sciences) principal investigator (PI) working with a PI with a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) background addressing global challenges focusing on Strategic Development Goals identified by the UN; and
  • a strand in partnership with Irish Aid whereby the lead PI will work with a PI in one of Irish Aid’s partner countries (all of Africa, Vietnam and Palestine).

How to apply

Potential applicants should read the 2018 Terms and Conditions carefully to ascertain whether or not they are eligible to apply.

Indicative versions of the application forms will be provided for information purposes only. All participants must create and submit their forms via the online system.

All potential applicants must submit an expression of interest by 28 June 2018. Failure to submit an expression of interest will render any submitted application ineligible.

Key dates

Expression of interest deadline4 pm (Irish time), 28 June 2018
Opening of online system2 July 2018
FAQ deadline 20 August 2018
Applicant deadline4 pm (Irish time), 3 September 2018
Research office endorsement deadline11 September 2018
Call outcomeApplicants to strands 1A and 2A of COALESCE 2019 will be updated with the results of phase two shortly. These results will be  accessible by logging into Smart Simple. Please note that applicants to strands 1B- 1I and strand 2B will be updated in due course.
Award start dateBefore end 2018

Click on the image below to listen to our briefing session. You can download the session slides from the Application guides section on the right sidebar. 

Please note that the timings provided here are indicative and may be subject to change. If you do not find the answer to your query in the call documentation, you should contact the research office in your proposed institution which will provide information and clarification on the call. Research offices can send any queries they are unable to clarify to