The Irish Research Council’s New Foundations scheme supports eligible researchers who intend to pursue research, networking and/or dissemination activities within and across the diversity of disciplines. This scheme provides support for research actions, the development of networks and consortia, conference and workshop development, and capacity building for interdisciplinary collaboration. See http://research.ie/funding/new-foundations/.
As summarised in The Wheel’s article:
The Engaging Civic Society strand [of the New Foundations scheme] will support small, discrete collaborative projects between academic researchers (the applicants to the Call) and an NGO or community/voluntary organisation. Awards for this strand are valued up to a maximum of €12,000. Successful awardees under this strand will develop a research idea or project, test a concept or theory, and/or develop partnerships or activities.
As a registered charity, Cyclist.ie has uploaded its details to the IRC’s webpage here – see the right-hand panel and the link to the Excel sheet called “Charities/NGOs/CVOs seeking an Academic Partner (updated regularly)”. In that table, we have outlined some of the areas we think require investigation. In summary these are:
– Capturing the benefits of cycling from environmental, economic, social and health perspectives in appraisal frameworks used in an Irish context
– Improving the diversity of people cycling
– Legislative changes to improve conditions for walking and cycling in Ireland
– Psychology of driving with respect to cyclists
– Road traffic law enforcement
– Approaches to cycling advocacy
More details are provided within the IRC web page above.
If you are a researcher and are interested in exploring these topics in more detail while partnering with Cyclist.ie, please visit the IRC website above, and contact Dr. Damien Ó Tuama, National Cycling Coordinator with Cyclist.ie and An Taisce with any queries.