New Foundations

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New Foundations is a key driver in progressing the Irish Research Council’s strategic priorities by enabling awardees to pursue research, networking or dissemination activities within and across the diversity of disciplines. The scheme provides support for:

  • research actions;
  • the development of networks and consortia;
  • conference and workshop development; and
  • capacity building for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Since 2015, over 250 community, voluntary and charity organisations have engaged across our programmes with 423 funded projects and an associated investment in excess of €8,375.000 million.  Through partnerships with researchers, diverse community organisations can bring new evidence and insights to enhance their services and impact for those that need them. The New Foundations scheme also includes strands supported by government departments and agencies. In each of the past five years, a dedicated strand of the call has provided opportunities for researchers to work on important areas of policy, including global development, our shared island, crime, creativity and children. The collaboration between researchers and policymakers represented in these awards aligns with the ambitions of Impact 2030: Ireland’s Research and Innovation Strategy to strengthen evidence-based policymaking and deliver enhanced outcomes for citizens and society.

Our funding partners on this scheme include:

  • Department of Foreign Affairs – Irish Aid;
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth;
  • Department of Rural and Community Development;
  • Policing Authority;
  • Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) of Ireland

Read below impact case studies for projects funded under New Foundations.

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