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Social Protection Research Innovation Awards

in conjunction with the

IRC Government of Ireland Research Project Grants Scheme 2013


The Irish Research Council has just announced the call for the 2013 Social Protection Research Innovation Awards (SPRIA)under the IRC Research Project Grants Scheme.   

The SPRIA awards are financed by the Department of Social Protection through the Irish Research Council (IRC) to stimulate policy relevant research in higher education institutes.


The 2013 Social Protection Research Innovation Awards (SPRIA) are designed to:

  • Inform the future development of social protection policies in line with the Programme for Government and the Europe 2020 Strategy.
  • Build research capacity and knowledge on social protection issues.
  • Engage with core challenges facing the Department (and the Government) in this time of economic crisis.


Themes for SPRIA 2013

  1. An active inclusion approach to lone parents
  2. Summer School: Challenges and opportunities for social protection policy in post-recession Ireland
  3. The social impact of gambling in Ireland


Themes 1 and 3 are for social policy research projects of €45,000 each, with a maximum duration of 15 months.  The summer school of up to €10,000, to be held in Q2 or Q3 2014, is intended for academics and researchers in social protection, senior management in the Department of Social Protection and other relevant Government Departments, and other stakeholders who inform policymaking and social policy developments, including experts in NGOs, Government bodies and policy advisers.


The closing date for applications is 17th September 2013. Applications will then be assessed by the IRC’s international panel of independent experts. Further details on the application process, and the IRC’s Terms and Conditions for the RPG Scheme 2013, are available on the IRC website at:  Please circulate this notice to any colleagues of yours that you consider may be interested in submitting an application.









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Department of Social Protection, Gandon House, Amiens Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.
An Roinn Coimirce Sóisialaí, Teach Gandon, Sráid Amiens, Baile Átha Cliath 1, Éire.


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