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Shared Island initiative offers funding for research projects

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is inviting funding applications for the Shared Island unit. Picture by Julien Behal/PA Wire

THE Dublin government's Shared Island unit is inviting proposals for research projects that could each secure funding of up to €20,000.

A partnership between the Irish Research Council and the Department of the Taoiseach, the funded projects will "contribute new knowledge or perspective to inform the implementation and development of the Shared Island initiative".

Launched by Taoiseach Micheál Martin last year, the Shared Island initiative aims to engage communities and traditions across Ireland to build consensus around a shared future.

Up to 10 funding awards will be made, with a maximum value of €20,000 each, from a total pot of €200,000.

The taoiseach said he would encourage researchers to consider the contribution their expertise and collaborations could make to the Shared Island initiative.

"I look forward to seeing the contribution that the approved research proposals will make to political and public discourse on our shared future on the island underpinned by the Good Friday Agreement," Mr Martin said.

Irish Research Council director Peter Brown said the research scheme provided an "ideal vehicle to leverage the expertise in our research system".

“Core to the mandate of the Irish Research Council is partnership – with policy-makers, civil society, social and economic innovators – to support a better and more prosperous future," he said.

Research proposals may be submitted by a principal investigator within an eligible higher education institution or research performing organisation.

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