BAI launches 2011 Media Research Fund

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (23rd June) announced details of grants available under its Media Research Funding Scheme. The Scheme was launched in 2007 and, to date, has funded seven research projects to a total value of approximately €130,000.

The Authority recognises the importance of research in guiding and planning all aspects of its work. To this end, the Authority has identified a number of priority topics which are of particular interest to it and which are in keeping with the Authority’s own Statement of Strategy and research focus. A full list of priority topics is set out in the Scheme documentation. The BAI may also accept submissions on topics not included in its list of research themes but which are relevant to informing the debate on broadcasting-related matters.

Speaking about today’s announcement, the BAI Chief Executive, Michael O’Keeffe said: “The BAI is delighted to launch the 2011 Media Research Funding Scheme. It is a strategic goal of the BAI that it becomes a trusted and informed voice on broadcasting. Initiatives, such as the Media Research Funding Scheme, support the achievement of this goal through the delivery of significant research on key developments in broadcasting, both from a national and international perspective”.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 29th July 2011. Interested parties can download the 2011 Media Research Funding Scheme: Guide to Applicants and Application Form from the BAI website, . Additional information on the 2011 Media Research Funding Scheme is available online, on request from the Authority, or by e-mailing Patricia Kelly at .

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Brian Furey