The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, gender-based violence in Malawi, and the role of music in the lives of children in direct provision are amongst the research topics being funded by the Irish Research Council this year under its New Foundations programme.
Details of the programme – which supports research on civic society and public policy issues – were announced on the 23rd March.
In total, the Irish Research Council is providing €1 million to researchers across Ireland, with 90 research projects receiving awards. Almost one-third (28) of the projects involve collaboration between higher education researchers and NGOs.
A particular emphasis has been placed on collaboration with development NGOs, with the Irish Research Council embarking on a strategic partnership with Dóchas, the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. As a result, organisations including Trócaire, Concern Worldwide, GOAL, ActionAid Ireland and Doras Luimní will participate in research projects under New Foundations.
Commenting today, Dr. Eucharia Meehan, Director of the Irish Research Council, 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 policy-making
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.”
Research to Support NGOs’ Work with the “World’s Most Marginalised People”
Suzanne Keating, CEO of Dóchas, welcomed today’s announcement.
“We congratulate the NGOs and researchers who have been awarded funding and we look forward to seeing the results of their projects,” she said. “As NGOs, we are constantly evolving and looking for new and innovative ways to bring about positive change. This partnership with the Irish Research Council will provide NGOs across the Dóchas network with valuable research, ensuring greater impact in their work to support the world’s most marginalised people.”