New Foundations Call 2022 open

Deadline for applicants 21st June 2022

The IRC have launched their 2022 New Foundations Scheme to fund awardees in order to pursue research, networking or dissemination activities via:

  • research actions;
  • the development of networks and consortia;
  • conference and workshop development; and
  • capacity building for interdisciplinary collaboration.


The 2022 Call consists of 8 separate strands . One open strand (Strand 1a) features with seven strands run in partnership with government departments and agencies. These eight strands are listed below, details about each are available on the IRC New Foundations webpage.


  • Strand 1a: Enhancing Civic Society (max value €12,000, duration 9 months)
  • Strand 4: ‘A Better World’ New Foundations Awards in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs (Irish Aid) (max value €10,000, duration 9 months)

For small, discrete collaborative projects between researchers and civic society groups in the community and voluntary sector


For networking awards to form consortia for prospective global north-south research partnerships focused on areas of strategic importance to Ireland’s Policy for International Development


  • Strand 4b: Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development New Foundations Awards in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs (Irish Aid) and the Department of Education (max value €10,000, duration 12 months)
  • Strand 8: Department of the Taoiseach Shared Island New Foundations Awards (max value €20,000, duration 6 or 9 months)

For research, networking and collaboration for the purpose of increasing public awareness and understanding of issues such as climate change, hunger, global inequality and injustice


For research, networking and collaboration for the purpose of informing and supporting the implementation and development of the Government’s Shared Island initiative.


  • Strand 10: Police Community Relations Collaborative Project Grant in partnership with the Policing Authority (max value €10,000, duration 9 months)
  • Strand 11: ‘Volunteering Strategy’ New Foundations Award with the Department of Rural and Community Development (max value €25,000, duration 12 months)

To support research seeking to bring the needs or experiences of communities to life in a manner that contributes to enhancing police community relations.


To support research with direct linkages to the new National Volunteering Strategy for Ireland and international best practice 


  • Strand 12: New Foundations Award in partnership with  with the Sunflower Charitable Foundation through the Community Foundation for Ireland (max value €20,000)

To support research, networking and collaboration on themes related to climate change and biodiversity


  • Strand 14: Utilising Evidence for Child Protection and Welfare Policy Needs New Foundations Award in partnership with Tusla Child and Family Agency (max value €17,500)

To support research across a range of topics focused on areas of strategic importance to Tusla Child and Family Agency.


To be eligible under the call applicants must hold a PhD, hold a contract of sufficient duration with an eligible Irish HEI/RPO to carry out the proposed activities from project start to end date and be based in this Irish HEI/RPO


Key dates


Call open

10 May 2022 at 4pm (Irish time)

Internal Eligibility Check*

1PM, 6th June (via email to Patricia Deasy,

UCC Budget Review

1PM, 13th June (via email to Patricia Deasy).

Applicant deadline

21 June 2022 at 4pm (Irish time)


October 2022

Project start date

01 December 2022


*Due to restrictions with the IRC Applications Portal that impact on the ability of our office to undertake eligibility checks, notification of an intention to submit by this date is essential. 


If you would like to discuss an application to this call or wish to have an application or budget reviewed please contact


The UCC Research points of contact for this call are: Patricia Deasy ( and Irene Kavanagh (



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