Irish Research Council for the
Humanities and Social Sciences
Information Session
15 November 2007
Dipti Pandya and Sorcha Carthy, IRCHSS
Agenda



About us
IRCHSS Research Schemes
International Funding Opportunities
Who?
Council Members












Dr. Maurice Bric, Chairman IRCHSS, UCD
Dr. Josephine Browne, IADT Dun Laoghaire
Professor Angela Chambers, UL
Professor Michael Cronin, DCU
Professor Áine Hyland, UCC
Dr. Margaret Kelleher, NUI, Maynooth
Professor Malcolm MacLachlan, TCD
Professor Elizabeth Meehan, QUB
Dr. Rory O'Donnell, NESC
Professor Patrick O'Donovan, UCC
Dr. Helen Russell, ESRI
Dr. Sean Ryder, NUI, Galway
Who?
Executive





Dipti Pandya, Director
Fiona Davis, Programme Manager
Sorcha Carthy, European Projects Officer
Kathryn Kozarits, Administrative Assistant
Sarah Moore, Intern
Activities

Administration of research funding schemes.





Promote HSS research funding
opportunities.


2007: 12m euro
203 awards (plus 2.5 GREP awards)
6 schemes (plus GREP)
International bilateral partnerships
EU Framework Programme 7
Contribution to research policy for HSS.
Subject areas















Anthropology
Celtic Studies
Classics & Archaeology
Cultural Studies
Economics
Education
Environmental Studies
(applications relevant to the HSS)
Film Studies
Folklore Studies
Government & Political Science;
History
International Development
Irish Language Studies
Languages, Linguistics &
Literatures
Library & Information Studies











Law
Management & Business
Media & Communications
Philosophy
Psychology (applications
relevant to the HSS)
Religious Studies
Social & Economic
Geography
Social Policy & Social
Work
Sociology
Musicology & Theatre
Studies (excluding
applications in composition
and performance)
Theology
IRCHSS Research Schemes
Schemes
Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Postdoctoral Research Scholarship
Research Fellowship
Senior Research Fellowship
Small Projects
Thematic Projects
Awards 2003-07
Year
2007/2008
2006/2007
2005/2006
2004/2005
2003/2004
Scheme
Apps
Awards
Apps
Awards
Apps
Awards
Apps
Awards
Apps
Awards
Post-Graduate
Scholarship
365
124
378
94
293
91
299
81
320
76
Post-Doctoral
Fellowship
133
22
116
22
80
23
74
30
76
20
Research
Fellowship
47
10
66
9
38
10
35
16
34
10
Senior
Research
Fellowship
37
9
51
9
49
10
29
12
36
13
Projects
133
38
106
20
89
13
99
21
70
40
Annual Total
715
203
717
154
549
147
536
160
536
159
Success Rate
28%
22%
27%
30%
30%
International Assessment


Focus on funding excellence
International Assessment Boards




15-to-25-member boards
Generally professors with extensive
research backgrounds
Experienced evaluators with international
evaluation experience
As broad a disciplinary spectrum covered
as possible
Peer Review College

Database of Humanities and Social
Sciences experts to contribute to national
and international evaluation practices.

International discipline experts to
participate in national scheme
evaluations.

National discipline experts to contribute to
the work of the IRCHSS in consultations,
reviews of existing awards progress
committees, and potential nominations for
international assessments (as an when
required). www.irchss.ie
Postgraduate Scholarship
 Scholarships for research degrees are
valued at €16,000 per annum.
 Awarded initially for one year, but are
renewable for up to two additional
years.
 Applicants must have a first- or upper
second-class honours primary degree
(or equivalent)
PG: Evaluation Criteria









Description of topic
Aims and objectives
Central research questions
Methodology
Research plan
Description of the relationship of the project to existing
research/how the project will make a new contribution to
knowledge
Description of any specialist knowledge/data required to
undertake the project
Description of the reason for choosing this institution and
supervisor for the project.
The applicant's record and academic achievements
Postdoctoral Fellowship


Valued at €31,745 per annum for the academic year
2007-2008
Applicants may apply for one of two categories of
funding under this scheme: either
 a one-year Fellowship, the purpose of which is
to prepare a doctoral dissertation for publication,
or
 a two-year Fellowship, the purpose of which is to
develop a new research project which is a
significant development from the subject of the
doctorate.

Those who apply for this particular award are advised
to specify the differences between the doctorate and
the submitted project.
Postdoctoral Fellowship


Who is eligible?
 Those who have been awarded their doctoral
degrees within the five-year period before 7
December 2007,
or
 Those who, by 7 December 2007, have been
certified as having fulfilled all the requirements
for the award of a doctoral degree, including a
viva, where such is required.
Fellowships may not be deferred.
Research Fellowship

Research opportunities for those who, on 1
September 2008, have held an appointment on the
academic staff of any third-level institution, either in
or outside Ireland, for a total of ten years or less,
and




who are currently members of the academic staff in a
recognised third-level institution in Ireland
whose services to their institutions are of a research and
teaching nature, and
who have not been on research leave from their
respective institutions during the whole of the academic
year 2006-2007.
Applications in respect of doctoral research projects
are not eligible for funding within the remit of this
Scheme.
Research Fellowship




Applicant must outline how a Fellowship will benefit
him/her and enhance the development of graduate
research in his/her department.
Fellows may hold a Government of Ireland
Research Fellowship in conjunction with other
personal awards, provided that such awards will not
exceed a total of the value of €15,000 during the
period of the Fellowship.
The Research Council will recognise a Fellow under
this Scheme by making the applicant’s institution a
payment of up to €42,000 or the equivalent of the
Fellow’s gross salary, whichever is the lesser.
Fellowships may not be deferred.
Senior Research Fellowship

Research opportunities for those who, on 1
September 2008, have held a tenured appointment
on the academic staff of a 3rd level institution, either
in or outside Ireland, for more than a total of ten
years, and




who are currently members of the academic staff in a
recognised third-level institution in Ireland;
whose services to their institutions are of a research and
teaching nature, and;
who have not been on research leave from their
respective institutions during the whole of the academic
year 2006-2007.
Applications in respect of doctoral research projects
are not eligible for funding in this scheme.
Senior Research Fellowship




Scheme is intended to recognise those whose
research and professional development as
researchers would benefit measurably from a
period of concentrated research.
Fellows may hold a Government of Ireland Senior
Research Fellowship in conjunction with other
personal awards, provided that such awards will not
exceed a total of the value of €15,000 during the
period of the Fellowship.
The Research Council will recognise a Fellow under
this Scheme by making the applicant’s institution a
payment of up to €42,000 or the equivalent of the
Fellow’s gross salary, whichever is the lesser.
Fellowships may not be deferred.
Thematic and Small Research
Project Grant Results 2007
Eligible
applications
Successful
applications
Small
65
22
Thematic
67
16
133
38
Totals
Thematic Research Project
Grants


This Scheme is for academic staff employed at
third level institutions in Ireland for research project
funding in the range of €6,500 to €300,000 tenable
for a maximum duration of 3 years.
Themes 2007/8




Migration and Cultural Diversity
The ‘New Economy’: Problems of Definition and
Strategies for Growth, Development and Inclusion
Thinking Globally: Issues and Investigative Practices
The Making of Ireland: Paths to Modernity
Small Research Project Grants


Funds small research projects in the
Humanities and Social Sciences in the
range of €2,500 to €50,000 for a maximum
duration of two years.
Supports research in the historical,
analytical, theoretical and empirical study
of subjects which normally fall within the
Humanities and Social Sciences, including
Law and Business Studies.

Applications of an interdisciplinary nature are
also welcome.
Evaluation Criteria









Description of topic
Purpose of grant (small research project)
Thematic relevance (thematic project)
Proposed Methodology
Ability to Deliver Proposed Project
Contribution to Knowledge
The Applicant(s)
Dissemination
Impact (including teaching)
Ineligibility



Eligibility criteria to be strictly enforced.
Applications to schemes will not be
assessed if they are incomplete, or have
been received in the IRCHSS office posted
after the advertised closing date.
Common reasons for ineligibility

Correct documentation


Original letters, copies, electronic submissions,
institutional signature, certificates, funding
requirements, theme relevance…
Read terms and conditions with care.
Key Dates 2007-08
Schemes 2008/09
Call
Closing
Date
Results
Senior Research
Fellowship Scheme
12 October
2007
Friday 30
November
2007
March 2008
Research
Fellowship Scheme
12 October
2007
Friday 30
November
2007
March 2008
Post-Doctoral
Fellowship Scheme
12 October
2007
Friday 30
November
2007
April 2008
Postgraduate
Scholarship
Scheme
9 November
2007
Friday 18
January
2008
May 2008
Project Monitoring

Increase project monitoring



Recruitment of staff (public)
Post-graduate and post-doctoral eligibility
criteria
6-monthly reports




Finance
Project schedule performance
Outputs (publications and conference papers
submitted)
Final research report for public dissemination
Managing Queries

HSS Community Group





Each institution to nominate institutional contact
points
IRCHSS to fit with institutional research
information communication channel
Contact point to feed information back to
IRCHSS
FAQ section on website to be expanded
Annual information session remain in place
International Funding
Opportunities
Sorcha Carthy
European Projects Officer
Activities II: International

The European Research Area (ERA)



Creation of “internal market” in research
Restructuring of the European research fabric
Development of a European research policy

Framework Programme Seven FP7

European Science Foundation (ESF):



Workshops
Programmes
Forward Looks
FP7 Dedicated funding
streams






Cooperation Programme SSH
Dedicated topics
Partnerships (minimum of 3 MS / AC’s )
Comparative problem solving research
Large & small scale grants
Coordinating and supporting activities
FP7 ERC
Objectives of ERC
•
Keep (young) researchers in Europe
•
Favour “brain gain” and “reverse brain drain”
•
Improve career opportunities and independence especially for young researchers: ERC Starting Grant
 attract & retain the next generation
•
Increase competition, recognition and international
visibility for excellent individual scientists and scholars in
Europe: ERC Advanced Grant
 attractive & prestigious grants for established leaders
FP7 for HSS
2 % Cooperation:
€ 623m
WP 1 : €138.64m
JRC, 1751
Euroatom, 2751
People, 4750
Capacities,
4097
Cooperation,
32413
15% Ideas:
€1,126.5m
WP1 STG €43.4m
Ideas, 7510
Total €1,749.5
Getting Informed about FP7

Have an open mind!




Get to know Europe!





Register as an expert evaluator
If new to FP, leverage expertise of ‘veterans’
Make use of Enterprise Ireland development support grants
Access Networks
IRCHSS as an information and advisory service




Explore multi-disciplinary opportunities
Don’t be put off by scare stories
Think “outside the box”
Events and website including EC speakers
National Delegate and National Contact Point
Join FP7 HSS Google group
General information events – e.g. Enterprise Ireland

European association of national organisations responsible for the support of
scientific research.

ESF brings European scientists together to work on topics of common
interest, to facilitate cooperation in the use of large research facilities, and to
discover and define new endeavours which will benefit from a cooperative
approach.

European Collaborative Research Projects (ECRP) responsive-mode,
investigator-driven Collaborative Research Projects within all fields of Social
Science in Europe. The ECRP Programme is designed to promote research of
the highest quality, offering opportunities to test innovative ideas, pool
expertise and strengthen research capacity in line with the objectives of the
European Research Area.

Networking activities QMSS, EARTH, NHIEST, GLOBALEURONET
Activities II: International

Bi-lateral agreements– ESRC, CNRS,
Canada, Australia

Ulysses

ERA-NETS – NORFACE and HERA
NORFACE
New Opportunities for Research Funding Co-operation in Europe –
a Strategy for Social Science


Partnership between twelve Research Councils to increase cooperation in research and research policy in Europe
Strategic Objectives:




3 stage plan of work:
1.
2.
3.


Develop partnership in research funding policy and practice
Develop a transnational research programme
Extend to other European countries
Establishing the NORFACE management structure
Information exchange, analysis and strategic thinking
Launch a transnational research programme
NORFACE
ERA-NET
Activities and work packages include: Transnational Programmes,
Best practice studies, knowledge transfer, forward look, workshops,
conferences, exchange visits
Seminar Series, TNP in Migration Autumn 2008

Partnership between fifteen Humanities Research Councils across
Europe and the European Science Foundation, with the objective
of firmly establishing the humanities in the European Research
Area and in the Framework Programmes.

HERA has been designed to deliver new levels of co-operative
research policy and practice in the humanities by embarking on an
ambitious programme of communication, enquiry and sharing of
expertise.

Activities include: Establishment of best practice in funding
mechanisms, research priorities, humanities infrastructure and the
development of a joint funding programme 2009 Theme of Cultural
Dynamics and Creativity & Innovation.
Results of International Activity




Broadening of network and research
capacity
Added value
Sharing of best practice and expertise
Value for money
NCP Activities

Information service – Join the
google group
http://groups.google.ie/group/fp7
hss

Interface for researchers and the
commission

Lobbying the commission eg
gaps in the work programme

Assist in Partner Searches

Assist and Advise with
applications

Pre-reads

Host information events
Cooperation Research areas
Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities in FP 7
Addressing major challenges facing Europe and the World

Growth, employment, competitiveness

Combining economic, social and environmental objectives
(sustainable development): e.g. socio-economic models, economic
and social cohesion.

Major trends in society: (initially) demographic trends, quality of life,
cultural interactions

Global interactions and interdependencies; conflicts and peace.

Participation, democracy, governance; European diversities and
commonalities.
Cooperation topics











ACTIVITY 8.1 GROWTH, EMPLOYMENT AND COMPETITIVENESS IN A
KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY: THE EUROPEAN CASE
Area 8.1.1 Changing role of knowledge throughout the economy
Area 8.1.2 Structural changes in the European knowledge economy and
society
Area 8.1.3 Strengthening policy coordination coherence in Europe
ACTIVITY 8.2 COMBINING ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL
OBJECTIVES IN A EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE: PATHS TOWARDS
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Area 8.2.1 Socio-economic development trajectories
Area 8.2.2 Regional, territorial and social cohesion
ACTIVITY 8.3 MAJOR TRENDS IN SOCIETY AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS
Area 8.3.1 Demographic changes
Area 8.3.2 Societal trends and lifestyles
Area 8.3.3 Cultural interactions in an international perspective
Cooperation topics












ACTIVITY 8.4 EUROPE IN THE WORLD
Area 8.4.1 Interactions and interdependences between world regions
and their implications
Area 8.4.2 Conflicts, peace and human rights
Area 8.4.3 Europe’s changing role in the world
ACTIVITY 8.5 THE CITIZEN IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
Area 8.5.1 Participation and Citizenship in Europe
Area 8.5.2 Diversities and Commonalities in Europe
ACTIVITY 8.6 SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND SCIENTIFIC INDICATORS
Area 8.6.1 How indicators are used in policy
Area 8.6.2 Developing better indicators for policy
Area 8.6.3 Provision of underlying official statistics
Area 8.6.4 Development of methods for the evaluation of research
policies and programmes
Cooperation Theme 8 : Work Programme Call Content

ACTIVITY 8.7 FORESIGHT ACTIVITIES
Area 8.7.1 Forward Visions on the European Research
Area
Area 8.7.2 Research, research policy and interrelations
with other policy areas (including joined-up policies)
Area 8.7.3 The Future Dynamics of Key S&T Actors in
Europe
Area 8.7.4 Blue Sky Research on Emerging Issues
Affecting European S&T
Area 8.7.5 Mutual Learning and Cooperation

ACTIVITY 8.8 STRATEGIC ACTIVITIES





IRCHSS Contact Points

National Schemes:
Fiona Davis, Programme Manager

EU/International Activities:
Sorcha Carthy, European Projects Officer
[email protected]
www.irchss.ie
Descargar

Slide 1