The Policing Authority is seeking applications for funding of research projects under its Research Bursary Scheme 2019. Up to €25,000 is available to fund a project or projects covering the research themes selected by the Authority and outlined in the Guidelines for Applicants (see below).
Applications are invited from independent researchers, academic researchers, research institutions and agencies, non-governmental bodies or a partnership of the above.
Are non-governmental bodies eligible to apply for the bursary?
Yes, non-governmental bodies are eligible to apply, either on their own or in partnership with other bodies or individuals.
Are organisations or individuals based outside Ireland eligible to apply?
There is no restriction on the nationality of the researchers or where they are based. However, applicants should be aware that as a body whose statutory remit relates to oversight of policing services in Ireland, the Policing Authority's main interest in funding research under the scheme is that the project should contribute to advancing the knowledge of policing in an Irish context.
Are research projects on topics relating to operational policing eligible to apply?
Yes, research projects on topics relating to operational policing are eligible, if they clearly support the Policing Authority remit of promoting the improvement of policing in Ireland.
Are capital costs and overheads included in the funding for the research bursary?
No. Funding may only be used towards the current expenditure associated with the direct costs of the research process, and may not be used for capital expenditure or overheads. (See section 2.2 of the Guidelines)
Is €25,000 the total amount of funding to be disbursed by the Policing Authority under the 2019 Research Bursary scheme?
Yes, €25,000 is the total amount to be disbursed. The sum of up to €25,000 might be awarded in full to one project, or it may be subdivided e.g. between two smaller projects. In the latter case, the amount in total would not exceed €25,000.
The decision on whether the sum of €25,000 will be subdivided will be taken by the Evaluation Board depending on the quality and nature of the applications received.