New Foundations 2019 Now Open for Applications

Posted on 21 Oct 2019

The New Foundations scheme supports eligible researchers who intend to pursue research, networking and/or dissemination activities within and across the diversity of disciplines. This scheme provides support for research actions, the development of networks and consortia, conference and workshop development, and creative approaches to the communication of scientific concepts and/or complex societal challenges for a lay audience.

This year, the scheme comprises four strands (not including sub-strands):

Strand 1: Engaging civic society

Run in partnership with The Wheel and Dóchas, this strand supports small, discrete collaborative projects between postdoctoral or more experienced researchers (acting as the applicant to the Council) and a community/voluntary organisation or NGO.

Strand 2: Knowledge exchange for impact

This strand is designed to enhance the international impact of Irish research through knowledge exchange. Applications will propose actions or activities providing exposure for the researcher to world-class networks or facilities that will enhance their research and support the further development of their career and international competitiveness. Proposals should clearly describe the nature of the knowledge exchange and the intended impact. Proposals seeking support solely for conference attendance will not be supported.

Previous awardees under New Foundations schemes are not eligible to apply to strand 2. This policy is designed to ensure that the widest possible range of researchers across all disciplines, in particular early-career researchers seeking to establish their careers, can benefit from this funding.

Strand 3: STEAM

The purpose of this strand is to bring science (including social science) and art/design/humanities together to work on new ways of communicating scientific concepts and/or complex societal challenges for a lay audience. Applications under this strand will demonstrate the innovativeness of their proposal and the relevance to the ‘STEAM’ agenda. ‘STEAM’ is a form of interdisciplinarity in research and teaching that seeks to combine knowledge from art and science. Our ‘Statement on ‘STEAM’ Research’ is available here.

This strand welcomes ‘STEAM’-based approaches to the public communication and dissemination of research. Applications that seek merely to promote the work of particular research centres or institutes will not be accepted.

Strand 4: In partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Networking & Collaboration Grants for prospective North-South Research Partnerships (awards up to a maximum of €10,000)

This strand provides researchers with an opportunity to carry out networking activities or to form consortia. Successful proposals will be funded by DFAT and will be in areas of strategic interest to that organisation.

Important Deadlines for this Call  
Launch of Call 17 October at 4:00PM (Irish time)
FAQ Deadline 21 November at 4:00PM (Irish time)
APPLICANT DEADLINE 28 November at 4:00PM (Irish time)
Research Office Endorsement Deadline 5 December at 4:00PM (Irish time)
Outcome of Call March 2020

How to apply

Potential applicants should read the Terms and Conditions carefully to ascertain their eligibility and how to apply.

Online Application System 

Download associated documentation