Grants Scheme Open For Natural History Projects

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The Royal Irish Academy have three grant schemes open at the moment for Natural History projects, Archaeological Research and Radiocarbon dating. Please see details below:

Praeger Grants in Natural History

A Grant scheme, named for the renowned Natural Historian Robert Lloyd Praeger, is open for applications (particularly those from amateur natural historians) for fieldwork within the Natural History areas of Botany, Zoology and Geology.

The scheme, which was last run in 2010 has previously funded a wide variety of fieldwork projects, such as ‘The diet of the hedgehog in suburban Dublin’, ‘The Ecology and hydrology of an isolated tidal pool in karst limestone’, and ‘A Vegetation survey of Fenor Bog, Co Waterford’.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 14th April 2020.

Further details of the scheme, including application information can be found by CLICKING HERE 

Archaeological Research and Radiocarbon Dates Schemes

Applications for welcome for small projects, and both schemes are open to applications for research emanating from what were originally developer-led projects, provided all licensing requirements have been met in full. The RIA have secured some funding from the Historic Environment Division in Northern Ireland so that both schemes operate on an all-island basis. Closing date for applications to both scheme is 24th March.

For more information please CLICK HERE :


Organic Centre Event:


Spud’acular day planned for annual Potato day- Organic Centre, Sunday March 8th

Join the Organic Centre in Rossinver on their annual Potato day, Sunday March 08th 2020 from 12-4pm for a celebration of the humble spud.  The free occasion is always a firm family favourite in the calendar year.

Enjoy representatives from the Loy Association of Ireland as they give demonstrations on the old tradition of turning the sod for potato growing and other talks and tours of the centre. Included in the line up is expert of all things potato, award winner David Langford. He will be speaking about growing potatoes from True Potato Seeds; along with some of the work he is currently involved in, including bringing 200 variations of heritage potato back to the gardens of Lissadell. Choose from a wide variety of potato seed to buy and bring your container to browse through the centres growing zero waste shop. There will be children’s workshops and potato faces and all things potato on the menu of the Grass Roof Café!


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