Other Sources of Research Funding

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A range of organisations offers funding which is accessible to teachers and others carrying out educational research. We have included links to relevant websites below. If you are aware of other sources of funding which are not referenced below, please email us at research@teachingcouncil.ie

Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO)

The INTO Bursary Scheme for members awarded six bursaries of €3,000 for doctorate level and €1,500 for masters level/other. Bursaries are open to all INTO members, North and South. Any project which has been approved as a research endeavour by a recognised third level institute will be considered for grant purposes.  

For information on future iterations of this scheme please consult www.into.ie.

Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI)

The ASTI offer a range of supports for members. These include Achievement Awards, Study Grants of €1,000, and, an ASTI Scholarship of €2,000 to be awarded to two ASTI members. Please click here for more information. 

Irish Research Council

The Irish Research Council manages a suite of inter-linked schemes funding researchers across all career stages from postgraduate to principal investigator level. Click here for more information. 

Royal Irish Academy (RIA) 

The RIA runs a number of schemes as follows:

Charlemont Grants, which facilitate short international visits from Ireland for the conduct of primary research in any subject area, including the development of new research collaborations and networks, access to research equipment and training not available in Ireland.

The Royal Society International Exchange Cost Share Programme supports international collaboration by funding the costs of research for a project with teams based in both RoI and the UK in the area of the natural sciences.  

R.J. Hunter Research Bursary Scheme provides support for the direct costs of research on aspects of Ulster History during the period 1500-1800, up to a maximum of €2,500.

For further details please click here.

An Comhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG)

Teaching and learning facilities funding scheme 2021: Applications for funding for the development of teaching and learning facilities for Irish-medium education or the teaching of Irish are encouraged. 

Research bursaries 2021: COGG will welcome applications from individual researchers or institutions to undertake research (as a long-term or short-term research project). 

Please click here for more information. 

Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS)

SCoTENS provides Seed Funding to support a number of collaborative research projects and professional activities in teacher education in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The sums allocated are usually in the region of £3,000 – £6,000 (approx. €3,750 – €7,500). Further details are available here.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research. The SFI Discover funding programme seeks to promote the awareness and engagement of the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Further information may be found here.

The Teaching Council

The John Coolahan Research Support Framework offers support to teachers and others conducting new research, or sharing, synthesising or applying existing research in their practice, either independently or in collaboration with others.  For further details, please click here

Teacher Fee Refund Scheme

The Teacher Fee Refund Scheme provides funding to teachers towards the cost of in-career development courses and related exam fees. Payment is conditional on successful completion of such courses which would be approved by the Department and school authorities. For more information please click here