COALESCE (Collaborative Alliances for Societal Challenges)


We are pleased to announce the fourth 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 2021 will consist of the following strands:

• 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).

• 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).

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

How to apply

Potential applicants should read the 2021 Call Document 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.


Link to Strand 1L INSTAR+ Briefing Event and Key dates

Call opening23 September 2021 at 4pm
FAQ deadline16 November 2021 at 4pm
Applicant deadline23 November 2021 at 4pm
Research Office endorsement deadline30 November 2021 at 4 pm
Outcome of schemeMay 2022
Commencement of projectsQ3 2022

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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