Round Five of the John Coolahan Research Support Framework

The Framework offers support to teachers and others in using existing research to inform their practice, or in carrying out new research, either in collaboration with others or independently. The Framework is a key element 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.

In 2021 the Teaching Council undertook a review of the Framework to ensure it continues to meet its objectives. On foot of that review, the Framework has now been redesigned as two separate but complementary schemes: the Researchers in Residence Scheme (RiRS) for schools, which will launch in early 2022, and the Research Bursary Scheme (RBS)

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Under the fifth round of the John Coolahan Research Support Framework, the Research Bursary Scheme (RBS) launched on 23 September 2021. Applications will be accepted until 3pm on Thursday, 4, November 2021.

The Guidance Notes and application form are available below.

All information relating to the RBS application criteria are available in the Guidance Notes.  Potential applicants are urged to read these notes carefully prior to submitting an application.

Please complete the Microsoft Forms application form. A copy of the submitted application can be requested after submission. Should you have any difficulty in submitting your application please contact us on

Should any applicants wish to apply for the RBS through Irish, please contact for an Irish RBS Application Form.



Applicants are strongly advised to avoid submission close to the deadline. Leaving the application until very near to the deadline may lead to submission failure caused by excessive traffic or issues with applicants’ own browser/technical setup. It is the sole responsibility of candidates to submit applications in good time and to ensure that they are complete.