Gold Medal Award for Disability Research

9 Sep 2016

The National Disability Authority (NDA) has instituted an annual Gold Medal for quantitative disability research

In addition to the Gold medal, there will be a cash prize of €1,000. The award aims to promote quantitative disability research. The award is targeted at early career researchers.

Eligibility criteria

  • Early-career researcher, i.e. with fewer than five first authored, peer-reviewed, publications and/or within 15 years of primary degree or 5 years of award of their Masters or PhD.
  • The early-career researcher must be the first author of the research.
  • The research must be quantitative research on disability in Ireland either using empirical data or analysis of data from existing quantitative data sets (for example, using disability variables in mainstream Irish data sets such as CSO household datasets, the Growing up in Ireland Survey, TILDA, or the National Disability Survey microdata).
  • The medal will be awarded based on the relevance of the research to disability policy or practice or the social inclusion of people with disabilities. Research that is medical or clinical will not be eligible but applications are encouraged from a broad range of disciplines.
  • Research that is already published or in press can be submitted provided that it was first published or in-press on or after January 2016.
  • Research that is not yet completed can be submitted provided that the research will be completed prior to May 2017.
  • Canvassing will disqualify. NDA staff and their families are ineligible.

The NDA invites researchers to submit an abstract for consideration by 5pm Friday 28th October 2016. Full Terms and Eligibility and the Official Application Form are available on the National Disability Authority Website or from

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