Twenty UK-Ireland research collaborations in social science announced

8 Dec 2020 12:39 PM

A joint call between the Irish Research Council (IRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is supporting 20 collaborations between researchers in Ireland and the UK.

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The networking activities supported by these grants will foster the development of long-term relationships between British and Irish social science researchers. The grants will:

Collaborative funding programme

This collaborative funding programme aims to provide support for social science networking activities, with the broad objective of:

ESRC and IRC have pledged to support 20 innovative networking projects that range in aim, including:

Exceptional interest

The budgetary contribution was equally shared by ESRC and IRC and was increased during the call to accommodate the exceptional interest in this initiative.

All networking grants are due to commence in the next few months.

A full list of projects is available on the IRC website (PDF, 147KB).

Lead researchers from eight Irish higher education institutions and 16 UK research organisations have been selected for funding in this highly competitive call.

Networking activity

Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair, ESRC, added:

I am delighted that we have been able to support a range of networking activity between UK and Irish researchers. These grants will foster greater connectivity and enduring collaboration on important, timely and shared social science research agendas.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Peter Brown, Director of the IRC, stated:

The enthusiastic response of the social science research community to this call, in spite of the challenges and uncertainty coming with COVID-19, clearly shows the quality and strategic importance of Irish and UK research ties.

These new funded projects, which range from public health to international relations, demonstrate the huge potential for international and interdisciplinary synergies, and the interest of researchers in UK-Ireland cooperation.

I am particularly pleased to see both All-Island research cooperation and new ‘East-West’ links being cultivated. There is truly great potential for a mutually reinforcing and vibrant UK-Ireland research eco-system across the spectrum of economic and social sciences.

Funded projects

The following is a selection of the collaborations announced today: