Research for Policy and Society 2016
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The Irish Research Council seeks to enrich the pool of knowledge and expertise available and accessible for addressing Ireland’s current and future needs, whether societal, cultural or economic, by funding excellent research and researchers. In order to deliver on this part of its mandate, the Council has set out a strategic objective to maximise partnering and collaboration with societal stakeholders, including enterprise, and with a particular focus to be given to government and civic society so as to address their needs.
In 2015, the Council launched a pilot Research for Policy and Society Programme. The aim of this programme is to build partnerships with government departments and agencies in order to enable peer-reviewed research to underpin policy decisions, and to assist cultural and societal development. All partner departments/agencies identify research topics in areas relevant to their respective remits and, with the Irish Research Council, will fund successful proposals addressing these topics.
Since the Council launched the pilot programme in early 2015, Innovation 2020 (the national strategy for research and development) has stressed the necessity of research to address societal challenges facing Ireland, at a national and global level: “Over the coming decades, we will face profound challenges, and innovation and research will be centre-stage in developing our national responses”. The strategy acknowledges that it is imperative to foster a broad-based research capacity to support national and international policy goals. The Council has been assigned a number of actions in Innovation 2020 to increase the engagement of public entities and civic society public policy and societal challenge-based research, which will ultimately strengthen public policy and societal impact. As part of its overall mandate and to deliver on the objectives of Innovation 2020, the Council is continuing the Research for Policy and Society programme in 2016. In response to the increasing emphasis on research to address national societal challenges, the 2016 Call includes an open strand.
Partners who have confirmed their participation in Research for Policy & Society 2016:
- Health Service Executive – Crisis Pregnancy Programme
- Teaching and Learning Forum
- Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
- Geological Survey of Ireland & the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
- Tusla and the Department of Children & Youth Affairs
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 Research for Policy and Society funding. Successful Research for Policy and Society 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 to the right 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 (Irish time) on Friday 30 September 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The 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 expression 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 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 email@example.com by the designated research officer within eligible institutions. The FAQ page on the Council’s website will be updated on a weekly basis up until 21 October 2016.
|Launch of call||12 September 2016|
|Expressions of interest deadline||4pm (Irish time), 30 September 2016|
|FAQ deadline||4pm (Irish time), 21 October 2016|
|Applicant deadline||4pm (Irish time), 28 October 2016|
|Research office endorsement deadline||4pm (Irish time), 4 November 2016|
|Outcome of scheme||End November 2016|
|Project commencement date||12 December 2016|