Researchers in Residence Scheme (RiRS) - Guidance for Schools


The John Coolahan Research Support Framework supports innovative and creative research activities that strengthen the links between research, policy, and practice. The current round of the framework is comprised of two interrelated schemes:  

  1. The Researchers in Residence Scheme (RiRS)  
  2. The Research Bursary Scheme (RBS).  

An outline of the Researchers in Residence Scheme (RiRS) is provided below.

Further information in relation to the Research Bursary Scheme (RBS) is available here.

Researchers in Residence Scheme (RiRS)

Through the RiRS, the Council will actively support schools, or clusters of schools, wishing to partner with researchers in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) over the course of a school year. Participants may explore, synthesise, apply, and share existing research in one or more of the six Cosán Learning areas, namely:

  • Inclusion
  • Wellbeing
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • ICT
  • Supporting Teachers’ Learning
  • Leading Learning

Each of these areas is defined broadly in Cosán, and schools are advised to refer to those broad definitions prior to applying.

The researchers will work in partnership with the schools throughout the year, and particularly with the teacher who is leading the project at school level - the Cinnire Taighde (Research Lead). The Teaching Council has established six panels of HEI-based researchers to support this scheme, with each panel aligned with one of the six Cosán learning areas. Details of the panel of researchers is available here.

Note: Applicants may browse the lists of HEI-based researchers listed in the on each of our panels. Schools/applicants are welcome to note the name of a HEI-based researcher they may wish to align with if successful in their application, but please note the Teaching Council cannot guarantee the facilitation of this requested match. This is facilitated in Section 4 of the application form. However, please note that completion of Section 4 of the application form is not essential when submitting an application. Schools/applicants are advised that HEI-based researchers will not have any involvement or input in the application and adjudication process. The Teaching Council will match schools who are successful in their application with a HEI-based researcher, subject to that researcher’s availability and the relevance of their experience and expertise to the proposal. 

A Researcher in Residence may collaborate with one or more schools where requested, to maximise shared learning and impact.

The focus is on classroom practice, with the objective of enhancing the teaching and learning experience for teachers and learners.

Subject to that broad requirement, schools will be afforded considerable autonomy in using the supports available.

They will be offered a non-exhaustive menu of options to stimulate their thinking prior to application. This might include, for example*:

  • Facilitating workshops as part of Croke Park time or a staff meeting, where research on a particular topic may be explored in context in order to support the school in addressing a challenge they have identified (for example, through the SSE/LAOS process).
  • Applying, and learning from, evidence-informed pedagogical approaches, including cross-curricular approaches, etc.
  • Explorations of the interface between initial teacher education and induction, and evidence-informed and innovative ways to support teachers’ learning across the continuum, from school placement, through Droichead and as part of Cosán.
  • Planning for a school-based collaborative research project, for later submission under the Research Bursary Scheme (RBS).
  • Sharing and/or applying research conducted by the school, including research already supported by the Council under the Research Bursary Scheme (see below) or previous rounds of the John Coolahan Research Support Framework.

*This is a non-exhaustive menu of options for schools to consider prior to applying.

Currently, the scheme is not eligible to those outside of Ireland due to the support and evaluation process involved but we will review other possibilities in the future.

RiRS Application Process

The application form is available for download here.

The table below provides an overview of the application process for the Researchers in Residence Scheme. These are indicative timelines and may be subject to change.

Thursday, 20 January 2022Open call for applications
Thursday, 3 March 2022, 3p.m.

Deadline for submissions

March 2022

Applications reviewed

April 2022

Unsuccessful applicants notified

Award letter sent to successful applicants

May 2022Awards Event

Submitting an Application

Please download and save the form before completing. Completed forms can then be emailed to the Teaching Council at

It is each applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all sections of the form have been completed and that criteria have been met before submitting the form. You will receive an email to confirm receipt of your form in due course.

Completed application forms must be received before the deadline of 3p.m. on Thursday 3 March 2022. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Process for Reviewing Applications

Review for eligibility purposes

Only fully completed application forms can be considered for award.

All applications must be submitted by a practising teacher (Cinnire Taighde).

Where, for any reason, a successful RiRS applicant is not in a position to proceed with the project and accept the financial support awarded, the Council should be informed immediately.


Applications will be adjudicated upon on a pass/fail basis and successful applications will be matched with a HEI-based researcher, based on the areas of interest they have identified and, potentially, geographical location. Where schools have existing relationships with HEI-based researchers, they may choose to highlight this in their application form.

Allocation of available funds

The funding amount awarded will be paid in two instalments:

  • The first half of the funding will be paid following the review process and approval of successful projects in April 2022;
  • Payment of the second instalment of funding will be made once an email has been received from the school principal confirming that the project has been completed in line with the plan set out in the application.

Schools which are successful in the application process will be awarded a sum depending on the number of successful applications. All funding must be allocated to the research project, and schools have discretion as to how the funding is allocated.

The funding could be used, for example*:

  • to reimburse the travel costs of a HEI-based researcher
  • to pay an honorarium to the Cinnire Taighde in recognition of his or her work in co-ordinating the project at school level
  • to pay for substitute cover to facilitate the release of teachers from class in order to observe (or team teach) an evidence-based approach to practice by a colleague, and collectively reflect on same.

*This is a non-exhaustive menu of options for schools to consider prior to applying.

School support

The Teaching Council will support the recipient schools during the year. This may be via online and phone contact, or possibly an in-person school visit, depending on school location and public health guidance at the time.

All Researchers in Residence will be expected to engage in T-REX, an online platform to support research engagement, and establish an online project group as a further support for the school.

Sharing Learning

Cinnirí Taighde will be required to:

  • Register and engage with the T-REX platform;
  • Engage with other recipients on the T-REX Platform;
  • Consider how the platform could host teacher networks/professional learning communities, where such activities form part of the proposal.

Cinnirí Taighde may be invited to participate and share their learning at research events, including a ResearchMeet as part of FÉILTE. At the Council’s discretion, this may be an in-person or online participation.

Terms and Conditions of Award

There are a number of conditions of award that should be noted carefully by applicants before submission of their application form. Applicants are deemed to have consented to these conditions upon submission of their application form.

  • All funds will be payable to the school account, and bank details will be sought at award stage.
  • Successful applicants should acknowledge the support of the Teaching Council whilst promoting the project on the school website or via any other means. Use of the Teaching Council logo for such purposes may be facilitated, subject to certain terms of use. Schools wishing to use the Council logo should request same by emailing specifying the purpose for which it is requested.

Privacy Policy

Processing is compliant with GDPR. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information. It is necessary to store and process information sent by applicants, to assist the review of applications and review the Council’s own work associated with the Framework. Information may be shared with the Centre for Effective Services, who support the Council’s research work. Applicants are deemed to have consented to the sharing of their application under this Framework, and any related correspondence, with the Centre for Effective Services.

Information concerning the awards made as part of the Research Support Framework, including the names, titles and affiliations of successful applicants, and a description of the work being funded, may be published on the Teaching Council website and in other promotional material.