COALESCE (Collaborative Alliances for Societal Challenges)


Update 10/01/2024:

COALESCE 2024 is closed and proposals are currently under assessment.

Should you have any queries, please submit same to your research office in the first instance.

A recording of the Briefing Webinar which took place on  Tues, 10 October can be viewed here.


We are pleased to announce the fifth call under a 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 call seeks to fund excellent research addressing national and European/global challenges as set out in the challenge frameworks now in place. The call is run in partnership with a number of Government departments and agencies, who fund specific strands.

COALESCE 2024 will consist of the following strands:

Strand 2A

Open call for interdisciplinary research addressing national or global societal challenges led by AHSS PI with STEM co-PI (max. €220,000 per award).

Strand 2B

Better World Awards, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs, whereby the lead PI will work with a co-PI in one of Irish Aid’s partner countries – ODA-eligible country on the African continent; any ODA-eligible Small Island Developing State (SIDS); Vietnam; Palestine; Laos; Cambodia; Myanmar (max. €350,000 per award).

Strand 1L

INSTAR+ awards, funded by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in partnership with the Heritage Council (max.€220,000 per award).

FAQs should be submitted through the Research Office in the first instance and then directed to

How to apply

Potential applicants should read the 2024 Call Document carefully to ascertain whether or not they are eligible to apply. This can be found on the above side bar on this page.

An indicative version of the application form is also available for download, which is provided for information purposes only. All participants must create and submit their forms via the online system, a link to which can be found on the above left-hand side of this page.



Call opening28 September 2023 at 4pm
FAQ deadline23 November 2023 at 4pm
Applicant deadline30 November 2023 at 4pm
Research Office endorsement deadline7 December 2023 at 4 pm
Outcome of schemeMay 2024
Commencement of projectsQ3 2024

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 answer to

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