Press Release: New research grant to build on Ireland’s proud contribution to international development

19 november 2015

The Irish Research Council 
Dóchas- The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations


19 November 2015

New research grant to build on Ireland’s proud contribution to international development

The Irish Research Council and Dóchas are delighted to announce an exciting partnership to deliver the Engaging Civic Society for International Development strand under the ‘New Foundations’ scheme for 2015. The research funding round will now open to applications from academic researchers and Non-Governmental Organisations as of today (19 Nov 2015).

The Engaging Civic Society for International Development strand will support small, discrete collaborative projects between academic researchers of any discipline and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The themes of this pilot strand include Hunger, Climate Adaptation and Humanitarian Assistance & Migration. The strand is part of the Council’s New Foundations programme, which supports eligible researchers within and across a spectrum of academic disciplines.

Commenting on this strategic partnership, Council Director Dr. Eucharia Meehan said:

‘As societies, economies and indeed as individuals, we are confronted with global challenges ranging from climate change to food security to migration. In addressing these challenges from an Irish perspective, we need to harness the knowledge and expertise of both our researchers and NGOs.’

‘The Council, as part of its mandate, is committed to working with a range of societal stakeholders, such as Dóchas, to ensure that research develops the knowledge and evidence base for civil society, thus ensuring the impact of research outside the academic domain and informing national and indeed international policymaking in the area of global development’.

Speaking on the announcement of this research grant, Sharan Kelly, CEO of TearFund Ireland and Chairperson of Dóchas, emphasised the significance of this partnership:

‘Dóchas welcomes today’s announcement of this exciting partnership with the Irish Research Council. With the learning from this research collaboration, NGOs will be better placed to implement effective and impactful development and aid programmes around the world, working towards the ultimate global goal of eradicating extreme poverty and tackling climate chaos by 2030.’


For further information/ to arrange media interviews contact:

Peter Brown, Assistant Director, Irish Research Council - Tel: 01 2315000

Naomi Linehan, Media Officer with Dóchas – Tel: 01 4053801/0861077079

Notes for Editors

  • New Foundations Programme- ‘Engaging Civic Society’ initiative is a strand within the IRC’s New Foundations programme. The scheme supports researchers across all academic disciplines through the provision of support for research actions, the development of networks, and knowledge exchange activities designed to better communicate the outcomes and values of academic research in Ireland and beyond. For further information on the scheme including terms and conditions visit the Irish Research Council website:

  • The ‘Engaging Civic Society’ strand (strand 1) will support small, discrete collaborative projects between postdoctoral or senior researchers (acting as the applicant to the Council) and a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). Applications to this strand should develop a research idea or project, test a concept or theory and/or develop partnerships or activities. Awards for this strand are valued up to a maximum of €10,000.

  • NGOs interested in participating in this initiative, and seeking an Academic Partner to collaborate with in a Higher Education Institution (HEI), can complete an expression of interest form, available on the Irish Research Council website. Completed expressions of interest will be advertised on the Council website and social media.

  • The closing date for applications to New Foundations 2015 is 22nd December 2015.

The Irish Research Council
The Irish Research Council supports excellent research and enhances the provision of highly skilled human capital by providing competitive funding across all disciplines for Masters and PhD scholarships and for Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. The Council also funds Principal Investigator-led research with a social, cultural and societal significance and participates in a range of EU-funded projects. In delivering on its mission, the Council also partners on a number of initiatives with enterprise, employers, government departments and civic society.

Dóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. It provides a forum for consultation and cooperation between its members, and a platform for them to speak with a single voice on development issues. For more information, visit: