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 been redesigned as two separate but complementary schemes:

  • the Research Bursary Scheme (RBS) for teachers engaged in new research, launched in September 2021, and
  • the Researchers in Residence Scheme (RiRS) for schools engaged in existing research, launched in January 2022.

Research Bursary Scheme (RBS) - now closed for new applications

This scheme offers support to teachers in carrying out new research.  

Under the fifth round of the John Coolahan Research Support Framework, the Research Bursary Scheme (RBS) launched on 23 September 2021.  This scheme offered support to teachers in carrying out new research.  The closing date to apply for support under this scheme was 3pm on Thursday, 4 November 2021.

More information can be found in our ezine which launched the RBS in September 2021.

Note: Applications received under this scheme are currently under review by the RSF review panel. 

Researchers in Residence Scheme (RiRS) - now closed for new applications

This scheme actively supports schools to explore, synthesise, apply and share existing research.

Under the fifth round of the John Coolahan Research Support Framework, the Researchers in Residence Scheme (RiRS) for schools launched on Thursday, 20 January 2022.

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 to 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

The closing date to apply for support under this scheme was 3pm on Thursday, 3 March 2022.

Note: Applications received under this scheme are currently under review by the RSF Review Panel.