Research Support Framework

The fourth round of the John Coolahan Research Support Framework launched on 2 June 2020 and applications will be accepted until 3pm on Thursday 16 July.  The Guidance Notes for this round are available here and the application form is available here.  Please ensure that you read the Guidance Notes in full before you complete the form.

The Framework offers support to teachers and others conducting new research, or sharing, synthesising or applying existing research in their practice, either independently or in collaboration with others. The Framework forms a key part of the Council’s CROÍ Research Series (Collaboration and Research for Ongoing Innovation) which places a strong emphasis on research activities which strengthen the links between research, policy and practice, and on collaboration among teachers, and between teachers and other stakeholders in education. 

Note for Applicants

Please ensure that you allow sufficient time to complete and submit the application form as, in line with government measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, most Teaching Council staff continue to work out of the office and phone lines are only open for 2 hours each day (from 10am to 12pm). If you experience any difficulty in completing or submitting the form, please email . Receipt of applications will be confirmed by email and any applications received after the closing date/time of 3pm on Thursday 16 July, will not be considered.



33 projects were awarded funding under the first round of the framework in 2017, 18 projects were awarded funding under the second round in 2018 and 24 projects were awarded funding in 2019. Further information on previous rounds of the framework is available below.