BAI Seeks Applications for Research Project Funding

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) is seeking applications for short-term research projects under its Media Research Funding Scheme 2013, which was launched today 30th July 2013.

The Media Research Funding Scheme 2013 provides funding to academics to conduct media related research on topical issues pertaining to the broadcasting industry. The closing date for applications is 30th September 2013.

The BAI has identified the following areas of interest, in keeping with its current research agenda and in anticipation of developments in the broadcasting sector:

  • Lifelong learning in broadcasting industry
  • Gender and broadcasting
  • Media literacy
  • Social media and broadcasting

The Scheme Guide and Form is available in English and Irish.

Speaking about the Scheme, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI said: “The BAI is committed to evidence-based decision-making that is informed by sound data, information and knowledge, garnered through research, consultation and experience.  The Media Research Funding Scheme is a valuable tool that provides the BAI and the industry with informed and timely research about the opportunities and challenges that the broadcasting industry faces as we move into a more connected and multi-platform age. We look forward to receiving high-quality applications”.


Media Queries to:


Tony Heffernan

DHR Communications

087 2399508/ 01 4200580


Note to Editors:

  • The objectives of the Media Research Funding Scheme are to develop and maintain links between the BAI, third-level institutions and the broadcasting sector, drive quality research initiatives to provide a strong evidence base to the regulatory environment of the BAI’s work and provide research that will facilitate the BAI in meeting the needs of viewers and listeners in Ireland.
  • A total of €25,000 has been allocated towards the operation of the Scheme this year.
  • The BAI undertakes and commissions qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed-method research.  As the research aims at to provide information to the BAI in support of its statutory functions, it is anticipated that funded projects are more likely to be of an applied rather than a theoretical nature. The duration of the project/s selected will be between 3 and 12 months. To this end, applicants are strongly advised to refer to the legislative framework in which the BAI operates, in particular, Sections 26(2)(a), (2)(c) and (2)(g) of the Broadcasting Act, 2009.
  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 30th September 2013.
  • Some previous research projects, funded through the Scheme, are available here