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ESRC-IRC Networking Awards

ESRC-IRC Networking Awards

Programme scope
In 2020, the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Irish Research Council (IRC) agreed to collaborate on a new funding programme, the ESRC-IRC UK/Ireland Networking Grants call, which aimed to foster the development of long-term relationships between British and Irish social science researchers, leading towards the potential development of future joint research proposals between the two countries.

This call sought to improve the connectivity between British and Irish social science research communities. Funding was provided to groups of researchers for the purpose of fostering new connections, identifying common interests, building networks and developing common research agendas, helping to lay the groundwork for future collaborative research activity while also enabling new sustainable collaborations to be formed and existing relationships to be strengthened. Interdisciplinary proposals across the breadth of the social sciences were encouraged.

Specific objectives underpinning the call included:

  • To establish and develop partnerships between UK and Ireland-based social science researchers.
  • To identify common research priorities and promote the sharing of research ideas (including new methodologies) between UK and Ireland-based researchers.
  • To facilitate the development of interdisciplinary collaborations between UK and Ireland-based researchers for the purpose of submitting high-quality joint research proposals to possible future funding calls or responsive mode competitions.
  • To establish networks with non-academic collaborators (such as policy makers, businesses or third sector organisations) and engage with the wider population through public engagement activities, if applicable to the research area.

Project teams were comprised of both UK and Irish researchers, with researchers in each country led by a Co-Principal Investigator for that country, who co-ordinated networking activities and shared ownership of the project and its direction.

Proposals had to include a UK component of maximum £10,000 GBP and an Irish component of maximum €11,800 EUR (at 100% non-standard fEC). Up to 10 awards were expected to be funded, which would run for 12 months and generally commence by autumn 2020. The ESRC-IRC UK/Ireland Networking Grants call was launched on 2 March 2020. Following assessment of eligible applications, 20 projects were awarded in total, with a duration of one year. The awarded projects commenced in December 2020. All projects were completed by February 2023.

Please see the below table for the list of ESRC-IRC Networking Awards made or click on the links to project sites:

SHINE (Smoke-Free Homes Innovation Network)

RIFNET (Reconstituting the Irish Family Network)

Towards Hybridity in the Protection of Civilians

Public Health, Ethics and Law Network

Irish PIUK PIProject TitleIrish PIValue of IRC award
Dr Yekaterina ChzhenDr Julia MikolaiAn Interdisciplinary Child Well-Being Network (ICWBN) to study the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on children in Ireland and the United KingdomTCD€6,976.88
Dr Deirdre O’DonnellProf. Louise LocockChoice, voice and change: developing networks for the involvement of people from seldom heard communities in England, Ireland and ScotlandUCD€9,511.44
Dr Jennifer RyanDr Kimberley SmithThe UK-Irish Consortium for ageing well with a lifelong disability: Priorities, perspectives and opportunitiesRSCI€10,291.50
Dr Elizabeth ShottonDr Oriel PrizemanHarbourviewUCD€11,398.00
Prof Joe BogueProf Barry QuinnDairy Evolution NeXt Network (DEX) – A Network for the Exchange of Knowledge and Expertise in the UK and Ireland Dairy SectorsUCC€11,760.00
Dr Paul Ryan (replacing Dr Kathryn McGarry)Prof Graham EllisonCommercial sex in the UK and Republic of Ireland: Current knowledge and future challengesMaynooth University€6,454.00
Dr Fiona NewellDr Harriet AllenSeeing How You Feel: Multisensory Enhancement Of Touch In AgeingTCD€10,019.00
Dr Martine SmithProf Lindsay PenningtonPromoting the communicative participation of children with speech, language and communication needsTCD€10,024.50
Dr Edoardo CelesteDr Napoleon XanthoulisUK-RoI Cross-Border Data Protection Network (Cross-DPN)DCU€11,730.00
Dr Kate FrazerDr Rachel O’DonnellThe Smoke-free Homes Innovation Network (SHINE)UCD€11,750.00
Dr Maeve O’RiordanDr Leanne CalvertReconstituting Irish Families Network: RIFNETUCC€11,794.20
Dr Amanda FitzgeraldProf Cherie ArmourMood Movement: Exploring existing and emerging technologies to facilitate help-seeking, stigma reduction and support of Young People’s mental healthUCD€11,571.90
Prof Ben TonraProf Federica BicchiNew Diplomacy: The UK and Ireland in a Changing World (NEWDIP)UCD€11,800.00
Dr Marie MahonDr Michael WoodsCivil Society in Turbulent Times: Exploring Connections, Comparison and Capacity-Building in Ireland and WalesUniversity of Galway€11,800.00
Dr Walt KilroyDr David CurranTowards Hybridity in the Protection of CiviliansDCU€10,240.00
Dr Finbarr BreretonDr Viviane GraveyAll-Island environmental governance post Brexit? Mobilising key actors in Ireland and Northern IrelandUCD€10,043.19
Dr Samantha DockrayProf Alina RodriguezWellbeing in Teens Network in UK and Ireland (Well-TeenN)UCC€11,779.50
Dr David MeredithProf Sally ShortallThe UK and Ireland Rural Futures Network: Preparing for social and economic transitions Post Brexit and Covid-19Teagasc€11,800.00
Prof Joe BarryProf Niamh FitzgeraldUK-ROI Alcohol Research Network (AcoRN)UCD€11,740.00
Prof Mary DonnellyProf Anne-Maree FarrellA Public Health, Ethics and Law Research NetworkUCC€8,380.00

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