Trinity Receives Irish Research Council New Foundations Funding

New Funding Programme Supports Research on Civic Society and Public Policy Issues

Eight Trinity research projects have received funding from the Irish Research Council (IRC) under a new funding programme ‘New Foundations’.

New Foundations funding programme focuses on supporting research on civic society, public policy and societal research. In total the IRC is providing €1 million to researchers across Ireland.  Almost one-third of the projects involve collaboration between higher education researchers and NGOs. 

A particular emphasis has been placed on collaboration with development NGOs, with the IRC embarking on a strategic partnership with Dóchas, the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations.  Director of the IRC, Eucharia Meehan said “The Council works with a range of societal stakeholders, such as Dóchas, to ensure that research develops the knowledge and evidence base for civil society. It is essential that research is supported and conducted that has a strong and tangible impact by informing national and indeed international policymaking in areas such as global development.  The partnership between the Irish Research Council and Dóchas will facilitate researchers to exchange knowledge and spread their work beyond academia”.

Pictured L-R: Director of Irish Research Council, Dr Eucharia Meehan, Trinity’s Professor Richard Layte and CEO of Dóchas, Suzanne Keatinge.

Trinity research projects receiving this funding:

Under Strand 1: Engaging Irish-based NGOs involved in International Development

Professor Richard Layte and PhD student, David Cichon, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, with NGO partner Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) – ‘Global labour rights under the sustainable development agenda’

Under Strand 2: Building engagement of civic society groups in Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges

Research Fellow Emma Murphy, School of Nursing and Midwifery, with NGO/CVO partner Arthritis Ireland – ‘Developing arthritis Ireland’s easy to use scheme from pilot project to established trademark scheme’

Under Strand 3: Enhancing Knowledge Exchange

Assistant Professor Deirdre Daly, School of Nursing and Midwifery – ‘Maternal health and maternal morbidity in Ireland and in Europe’ and ‘Minding mothers with morbidities’

Assistant Professor Mark Prendergast, School of Education – ‘Minding the gap – addressing the transition from primary to secondary mathematics education’

Assistant Professor Joseph Roche, School of Education – ‘A knowledge enhancing exchange for formal education and citizen science’ and ‘Perceptions of European research: a knowledge-enhancing network’

Associate Professor Declan O’Sullivan, School of Computer Science – ‘Cliodynamics research network Ireland II’

Full details of all awardees are available at