New Foundations 2018


New Foundations

The 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 and consortia, conference and workshop development, and creative approaches to the communication of scientific concepts and/or complex societal challenges for a lay audience.

This year, the scheme comprises four strands (not including sub-strands):

Strand 1: Engaging civic society

Run in partnership with the Wheel and Dóchas, this strand supports small, discrete collaborative projects between postdoctoral or more experienced researchers (acting as the applicant to the Council) and a community/voluntary organisation or NGO.

Strand 2: Knowledge exchange for impact

This strand is designed to enhance the international impact of Irish research through knowledge exchange. Applications will propose 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 should clearly describe the nature of the knowledge exchange and the intended impact. Proposals seeking support solely for conference attendance will not be supported.

Previous awardees under New Foundations schemes are not eligible to apply to strand 2. This policy is designed to ensure that the widest possible range of researchers across all disciplines, in particular early-career researchers seeking to establish their careers, can benefit from this funding.

Strand 3: STEAM

The purpose of this strand is to bring science (including social science) and art/design/humanities together to work on new ways of communicating scientific concepts and/or complex societal challenges for a lay audience. Applications under this strand will demonstrate the innovativeness of their proposal and the relevance to the ‘STEAM’ agenda. ‘STEAM’ is a form of interdisciplinarity in research and teaching that seeks to combine knowledge from art and science. Our ‘Statement on ‘STEAM’ Research’ is available here.

This strand welcomes ‘STEAM’-based approaches to the public communication and dissemination of research. Applications that seek merely to promote the work of particular research centres or institutes will not be accepted.

Strand 4: Networking and collaboration grants, in partnership with Irish Aid and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

This strand provides researchers with an opportunity to carry out networking activities or to form consortia. Successful proposals will be funded by Irish Aid and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and will be in areas of strategic interest to these organisations.

How to apply

Potential applicants should read the Terms and Conditions carefully to ascertain their eligibility and how to apply.

FAQ deadline 16:00 (Irish time), 29 November 2018
Applicant deadline16:00 (Irish time), 6 December 2018
Outcome of schemeBy March 2019
Commencement dateBy April 2019

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

For reasons of transparency and fairness to all applicants, we will not enter into written or telephone correspondence with any individuals about the assessment process or their eligibility to apply.