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RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAMME 2008

Index

Information Note

1. Grant Aid

2. Purpose of Grant Aid

3. Themes

4. Eligibility

5. Value

6. Reporting and Project Management

7. Publication and Dissemination

8. Research Ethics

9. Record Retention

10. Termination of Research Award

11. General Issues

12. Applications

13. Award Criteria


Information Note

The Family Support Agency was established in 2003 with a clearly defined role in the area of family policy and services. Its responsibilities include supporting the development of the Family Resource Centre programme, grant aiding the provision of certain family related counselling services, providing a nationwide family mediation service and the dissemination of information about family related issues. It is also authorised to research matters related to its functions, which it undertakes by commissioned research.

1. Grant Aid

The Family Support Agency annually invites applications for grant aid for original research in the field of family policy relevant to the Agency under its annual Call for Research Programme.

2. Purpose of Grant Aid

The Call for Research Programme is designed to facilitate research which is relevant to the Family Support Agency and has the potential to inform the future development of aspects of public policy or practise in areas related to the Agency's functions.

The Agency invites applications for grant funding from qualified individuals and/or organisations under two strands:

Research Grant Awards

Research Scholarships

This document relates to the Research Grant Programme. Further information is available on the Research Scholarship Programme from the FSA.

3. Themes

While the Agency identifies a number of research priorities each year it is open to receiving proposals in areas outside these themes, so long as all proposals are directly related to the functions of the Agency, have an applied focus and will result in new insights on key issues.

4. Eligibility

The Family Support Agency seeks applications from: established academics in third level institutions; not for profit research bodies and non governmental organisations with a research capacity.

Ideally researchers should have prior experience in relation to the research theme proposed, however prior experience in this regard will not be considered essential. Applicants should have a proven track record in research.

Where more than one researcher will be involved in the research project, applicants are requested to indicate the proportionate contribution of each researcher to the project.

5. Value

The Agency is interested in receiving research proposals for small or larger projects. The number of projects to be funded or part funded annually depends on the nature and quality of the applications received. The Agency considers the merits of each individual application rather than committing itself to a specific number of awards. Shortlisting of proposals may be necessary. The granting of research awards is contingent on the quality and suitability of the applications received.

A detailed breakdown of the proposed budget for the project should be outlined on the application form. Funding can cover up to 100% of the full research costs (including institutional overheads, where applicable, capped at 10%). Details of any funding secured from other sources must be declared as part of the application process. Projects should be completed within two years. VAT is not applicable on these awards. Exceptional projects requiring a larger amount of funding will be considered where the applicant has a strong record of international achievement.

Projects will only be funded where the budget is detailed and inclusive and where all costs represent good value for money and are fully justified.

A statement of expenditure will be required by the FSA upon completion of the project.

6. Reporting and Project Management

Overall responsibility for the research project rests with the principal researcher. Responsibility for the management of the research lies with the researchers, applicants are asked to detail project management arrangements, key milestones and deliverables in relation to the proposed research. This does not preclude the researchers from seeking the advice and opinions of the FSA where special problems or issues arise.

Successful applicants are required to engage with the Agency and submit regular updates to the Agency on the progress of the research and the outputs produced. A final report will be supplied to the Agency upon completion of the project and subject to peer review, the researchers may be asked to present the findings of the research to the Agency upon receipt of a draft report.

The Family Support Agency must receive notification and agree to significant changes that occur in relation to the research project (e.g. budget reallocations, changes in key milestones and deliverables, personnel).

If the principal researcher takes up an appointment at another research body, the research award can move, provided consent of the Agency has been obtained and the new organisation has the capacity to ensure both the smooth transfer of the project and the continued support of the research.

7. Publication and Dissemination

The purpose of the grant programme is to stimulate and inform the development of issues related to the Agency's functions and, where appropriate, to facilitate the Agency in its role in providing advice, information and assistance to the Minister for Social Protection in relation to the development of any aspect of the Agency's functions.

It is therefore intended to make the findings freely available. The format and presentation of such findings should reflect this and may require revision in order to make them accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Responsibility for arranging printing of the study rests with the applicant. Reasonable printing costs are covered by the FSA.

A report, suitable for dissemination, should be submitted to the Agency upon completion of the research. It should be of sufficiently high standard to be suitable for publication in a relevant professional journal. Intellectual property will remain with the authors of the report. All publications arising from the research, where appropriate, should bear the Family Support Agency logo and any associated publicity must acknowledge the support of the Family Support Agency. All publications should also contain the following disclaimer:

"The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Family Support Agency."

Any quantitative data generated by the research should be archived and made publicly available once the research is over and publications arising from it are completed. A time frame for this process to be completed will be agreed in advance of the project.

8. Research Ethics

The Family Support Agency is committed to the ethical conduct of research and all successful applicants should maintain a high standard of ethical conduct throughout the research process. To this end, all applicants are required to outline in detail all relevant ethical issues and the ways in which these will be addressed when completing the official application form. This includes the manner in which the researcher/s will address adverse or unseen circumstances or changes in the research which may concern or effect ethical issues.

9. Record Retention

The principal researcher shall ensure that all relevant records, including primary data are stored for a period of five years following the submission of a final report. All raw data should be securely stored in an anonymous form.

10. Termination of Research Award

The Family Support Agency may reduce, suspend, terminate or revoke the research award on discovery of a breach of the terms and conditions of the award.

11. General Issues

All information provided to the Agency in connection with the Research Grant Programme may be subject to requests made under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003. If an applicant believes that any information supplied should not be disclosed, please identify this information supplied and state the reasons why it should not be disclosed. The Agency will consult with the applicant about this information before making a decision on any Freedom of Information request received.

12. Applications

The Family Support Agency Call for Research Programme is advertised in the National Press annually. Interested parties are required to complete an official application form.

One bound and one unbound copy only of the application form should be submitted. Applications should be clearly marked Research Grant Programme. Applications which are incomplete, arrive late or do not satisfy the Terms and Conditions as set down by the Family Support Agency will not be considered.

13. Award Criteria

It is a competitive award. Each application will be evaluated according to the criteria attached. Following internal review, a short list of projects will be assessed by a dedicated panel of experts, including external experts. The Board of the Family Support Agency will approve recommended projects.

The granting of research awards is dependent on the quality and suitability of the applications received. The minimum standard required is 50% of the total marks available in all categories outlined. Please note that satisfaction of criteria does not imply a right to funding and all decisions made by the Family Support Agency are final.

Further information on the Call for Research Programme can be obtained from:

Research Section
Family Support Agency
4th Floor
St Stephen's Green House
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2

Telephone: (01) 6114118

Email: research@fsa.ie

Last modified:31/05/2010
 

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