Building on the popularity of the previous Research Bursary Schemes, and reflecting evolving thinking on research, teaching and learning, the Teaching Council announced a Research Support Framework on 11 March 2017. The framework has been designed to support teachers’ ongoing professional learning through their engagement in and with research, and the sum of €100,000 was made available for the framework in 2017-18.
The framework is a key element of the Council’s CROÍ Research Series (Collaboration and Research for Ongoing Innovation). It fosters and promotes learning by supporting a range of approaches, including practitioner research, and the application of an enquiry-based approach to practice. It places a strong emphasis on research activities which will strengthen the links between research, policy and practice, and on collaboration among teachers, and between teachers and other stakeholders in education.
In 2018, the framework was renamed the John Coolahan Research Support Framework, to mark the immense contribution of Professor John Coolahan to the field of education at home and abroad. We were deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Professor Coolahan, the Father of Irish Education. His work, life and energy up to the end will be an inspiration for all who care about teaching, learning and research.
The Framework seeks to offer support to those conducting research, or utilising and implementing research in their practice, either independently or in collaboration with others. This involves advisory support, and/or funding support.
The Council’s intention is that the Framework will encourage applicants to adopt an innovative and creative approach in considering how research and evidence can support their own and others’ teaching practice.
The links below can be used to access specific information on the funding and advisory support available under current and past rounds of the Research Support Framework. There are also links offering information on other sources of funding, and advice on sharing research.