Research Newsletter - Issue 59: Funding Opportunities

Call 2 for Contract Research Staff - HEA Cost Extensions for Research Disrupted by COVID-19

The HEA cost extension budget provides funding for additional payments to be made in specific cases to research projects that were active on 12th March 2020, and where activity was interrupted due to the COVID-19 crisis. DCU is running an internal funding scheme in order to allocate this HEA funding to affected research students and contract research staff. 

We are now seeking applications from eligible contract research staff, with contract end dates between 1st February 2021 and 30th June 2021.  Please read the call document carefully in the first instance to ensure that you are fully eligible to apply to this call. All relevant documentation, plus the link to the online application form are available via the Research Support website

Applicants are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the application questions by using the indicative question sheet on the website, so as to prepare any long form answers before commencing their online application. Note we can only accept applications from individuals -  PI's cannot submit applications on behalf of their groups.

Closing date for application submission:  Monday, 11th January 2021 at 5pm

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Royal Irish Academy (RIA) funding opportunities now open

The following RIA opportunities are now open.

Applications are now invited for the RIA Kathleen Lonsdale Chemistry Prize 2021. The closing date for submissions will be Thursday, 7th January 2021 at 12 noon.  The prize will be given for the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis in the general area of chemical sciences as described in a 1,000 word essay. The prize, kindly sponsored by Henkel, includes an award of €2,000. 

The Kevin B. Nowlan Digitisation Grant scheme aims to expand the range of digitised historical sources available through open and free access to researchers. Applications for this first Nowlan Digitisation Grants scheme, in the discipline of History open today and close on 26th January 2021.

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JSPS London Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers 

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. JSPS Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) provides the opportunity for short-term visits for UK, European, North American and Canadian researchers ordinarily based in the UK or Ireland to do cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions. The programme is designed to provide researchers with first-hand experience of the research and living environment in Japan, whilst expanding academic exchange between Japan and the UK or Ireland.  Researchers from any field (Computer, Engineering, Health, Biological, Life, Natural and Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences etc.) are eligible to apply. Awards will cover visits of 1 to 12 months.

Eligible applicants also need to be either within 2 years of finishing their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD at a university outside of Japan within the last 6 years (on or after 2nd April 2015). 

Application Deadline: 26th January 2021

Fellowships must start between: 1st August 2021 to 31st March 2022

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Spencer Foundation Research Grants on Education: Large

The Spencer Foundation have released the call dates for their Large Research Grants. The funder website, call documentation, and access to the online submission portal can be found here

The “intent to apply” deadline is set for the 15th January, 2021 at 6pm (Irish time) and the call will close on 5th February 2021, at 6pm (Irish time).

The budget for the call is limited to $125,000 to $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. Projects must be education research that will contribute to the improvement of education. This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location.

The deadline for uploading your submission to TORA will be the 27th of January 2021. Institutional sign-off needs to be in place before the funder submission deadline. Before institutional sign-off can be provided you will need to have TORA approval in place.

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Health Research Board Summer Student Scholarship 

The HRB has launched its Summer Student Scholarships call.  These Scholarships support undergraduate students in health or social care-related disciplines to complete short research projects during the summer.  The purpose of the scholarship scheme is to encourage an interest in research and give students an opportunity to become familiar with research techniques.  Projects can last between four to eight weeks, with up to €2,400 available per award.  The call deadline is 21st January 2021.

These scholarships are great for developing students’ CV’s and for those with an interest in research they have proven invaluable.  They have been very popular with DCU academics, allowing them to provide funding to students to work with them on research projects over the summer.  DCU has a high success rate in this call and we would encourage anyone working in the health or social care-related areas to consider applying.

For further information please see the HRB website

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NOSP Grant Scheme for Collaborative Research Projects

The HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) has introduced its first grant scheme for collaborative research projects on Connecting for Life priority groups in Ireland. The purpose of the scheme is to;

  • further our understanding of the groups that are at increased risk for self-harm and suicide and
  • promote and support collaborative research projects between researchers and services working in the area of suicide prevention in Ireland.

Applicants will be asked to select one of the Connecting for Life priority groups listed in the information document and to submit a research proposal for this group. Applications are invited from suitably qualified researchers and service organisations working in the area of suicide prevention. Single applicants are welcome but collaborative applications between researchers and service organisations will be preferred as part of this call.

Applications are open between 1st December 2020 and 29th January 2021.

  • Read the full information on Grant Scheme for Collaborative Research Projects here.
  • Download the Application Form for the Grant Scheme for Collaborative Research Projects here.
  • Queries related to applications or the terms and conditions of scheme can be made to Sarah Rochford (NOSP Research Officer) at

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Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research 2021

The Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research aims to provide recognition and publicity for outstanding efforts that enhance the rigor, reliability, robustness, and transparency of research, and stimulate awareness and activities fostering research quality among scientists, institutions, funders, and politicians. To acknowledge the outstanding role early career researchers (ECRs) have in promoting research quality, ECRs will be invited to propose projects that foster research quality and value. Projects will be competitively selected for funding and internationally showcased.

This award is open to any researcher or group of researchers, organization, or institution. To be eligible for the Early Career Research Award, candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience, and should have been an independent researcher for no longer than five years.

The Einstein Foundation will honor successful candidates in the following three categories: 

Individuals: Individual researchers or small teams of collaborating researchers can be nominated. The laureate will be awarded €200,000. 

Institutions: Governmental and non-governmental organizations, institutions, or other entities can apply or be nominated. The award-winning organization or institution will receive €200,000. Successful governmental organizations or institutions will not receive any funds in addition to the award itself.

Early Career Researchers: Early career researchers or small teams of collaborating researchers can submit a project proposal that seeks to foster research quality and value for an award of €100,000.

Further information can be found here.

The deadline for submissions is 31st March, 2021 (10:00 pm CET). The awardees will be announced in autumn 2021.

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UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Research Grants

The Irish Research Council (IRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) plan to announce a call for Research Grants as part of their UK-Ireland Collaboration in Digital Humanities. The tentative launch date for the call is 8th January 2021. 

This call aims to support large, collaborative UK-Ireland projects that achieve a transformational impact in the digital humanities through innovative, multidisciplinary research that engages extensively with wider partners. The projects should take innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to explore the following broad and inclusive themes:  

- Digital Humanities, Emerging Technologies and Research Practices  
- Digital Humanities and Social Innovation
- Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage  
- Digital Humanities and the Creative Industries 

The AHRC expects to provide up to £400,000 full economic cost (FEC), paid at 80% (up to £320,000), for the UK costs of each funded research project. The Irish Research Council will provide up to €270,000. Each award must start by 1st August 2021 and should have a duration of up to 36 months. For further details please see the IRC's website.

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