New Foundations 2016

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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 comprise four strands (not including sub-strands):

Strand 1: Enhancing civic society within a national or international context

Run in partnership with the Wheel and Dóchas, this strand will support small, discrete collaborative projects between postdoctoral or senior researchers (acting as the applicant to the Council) and a community/voluntary organisation (CVO) or NGO. The civic society partner must be a registered charity.

The Wheel is a support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland. Established in 1999, The Wheel has evolved to become a resource centre and forum for the community and voluntary sector.

Dóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. It is a meeting place and a leading voice for organisations that want Ireland to be a world leader in efforts to bring about global justice. Under the partnership the two organisations will work together to promote this strand of New Foundations, enhance engagement between academic researchers and NGOs through the scheme, and contribute to the dissemination of research outcomes for the benefit of practice and policy.

The objectives of this strand are to:

  • Develop networks between academia and civic society groups in the community and voluntary sector
  • Encourage knowledge exchange between these groups
  • Develop expertise to support the engagement of civic society organisations
  • Develop networks between academia and civic society organisations
  • Develop expertise to support the work of these organisations within the higher education community
  • Develop capacity and routes for engagement with these organisations on a longer-term basis for participation in EU funded projects

CVOs or NGOs interested in participating in this strand must collaborate with an academic partner based in a higher education institution (HEI) or other eligible research-performing organisation. Those seeking an academic partner can complete an expression of interest form detailing their area of interest. Completed expressions of interest will be posted on the Council website and social media. For further information, please consult the Terms and Conditions of the scheme and the Frequently Asked Questions. Any unresolved queries should be forwarded by email to newfoundations@research.ie. All queries will be addressed via the FAQ system on a weekly basis.

This strand has two options

Strand 1a: Enhancing civic society within a national context (awards up to a maximum of €20,000)

Applications to this strand should develop a research idea or project, test a concept or theory and/or develop partnerships through activities. Applications should clearly indicate why the project is important and how it speaks to the issues and concerns of the partner community/voluntary organisation or NGO with a focus on national collaboration.

Strand 1b: Enhancing civic society within an international context (awards up to a maximum of €25,000)

The aim of this strand is to build engagement of Irish CVOs and NGOs in research projects being developed collaboratively at an international level to address European or global societal challenges. The European Union envisages multi-stakeholder consortia on projects, reflecting the perspective that a variety of social partners are both at the coalface of challenges and are critical to developing and implementing solutions. Therefore, CVOs and NGOs are encouraged to engage in these societal challenges. The funding available under this strand is intended as a ‘priming’ measure to enable collaboration between researchers and CVOs/NGOs.

Strand 2: Marking the National Decade of Centenaries (awards up to a maximum of €15,000)

This strand supports activities designed specifically to contribute to the Decade of Centenaries Programme 1917-1922 (see www.decadeofcentenaries.com for more information). This strand provides support for research, networking, conference development, conference participation or attendance, workshops and/or more general dissemination activities relevant to the Decades of Centenaries Programme. Proposals addressing the experience of women during this period are welcomed.

Strand 3a : Encouraging knowledge exchange and collaboration between research institutions north and south (awards up to a maximum of €10,000)

This strand supports eligible researchers who intend to conduct knowledge exchange, networking and/or dissemination activities with research partners in the North within and across the diversity of disciplines.

This strand provides support for the development of networks, conference development, conference participation or attendance, workshops and/or more knowledge exchange and general dissemination activities designed to better communicate the potential of research and/or the outcomes and value of research between North and South. In addition, the Council welcomes applications that seek to develop projects or networks in support of a future cross border application to Horizon 2020.

Strand 3b: Supporting participation of Irish researchers in council-supported SSH ERA-nets (awards up to a maximum €10,000)

The Irish Research Council welcomes applications that seek to develop on an international basis proposals or networks in support of an application in the near future to Council supported SSH ERA-nets. These are:

  • HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) joint research programmes, www.heranet.info
  • NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe), www.norface.net

The strand is designed to enhance the success of Ireland-based principal investigators in these ERA-nets, either as consortium coordinators or partners.

Details on calls is available on the websites of the respective ERA-nets

Strand 4: Knowledge exchange for impact  (awards up to a maximum of €5,000)

Note: Previous awardees under New Foundations schemes are not eligible to apply to this strand. This policy is designed to ensure that a wider range of researchers across all disciplines, in particular early-stage researchers seeking to establish their careers, that can benefit from New Foundations

This strand is designed to enhance the impact internationally of Irish research through knowledge exchange. Applications will propose selected actions or activities providing exposure for the researcher to world-class networks or facilities that will enhance their research and support the further development of their career and international competitiveness. Proposals may include as their focus access to world-class infrastructures.

Proposals should clearly describe the nature of the knowledge exchange and the intended impact. Proposals seeking support solely for conference attendance will not be supported.

Timelines for next steps

DeadlineDate
Call open19 September 2016
FAQ deadline 4pm (Irish time) 7 October 2016
Applicant deadline 4pm (Irish time) 21 October 2016
Outcome of schemeDecember 2016
Commencement date By end of 2016

In the first instance, applicants should consult the Terms and Conditions of the scheme for further detail. Applicants seeking advice or clarification should consult with the research office (or equivalent) in their institution in the first instance. Unresolved queries can be sent to newfoundations@research.ie.

Online application system

Applications must be submitted via the online application portal before the deadline of 4pm (Irish time) on Friday 21 October 2016. The application portal is available here. Applicants are advised not to fill in their details until they are ready to upload their completed application form and budget table, as there is no ‘save draft’ facility. Submitted applications can not be changed and can only be submitted once. Applicants are advised to check that their Adobe software is up-to-date to ensure that the file uploads correctly and is not corrupted.