RIA – Nowlan Digitisation Grant

The scheme aims to expand the range of digitised historical and archaeological sources available through open and free access to researchers, for private study or education purposes. Proposals can take two forms:

1) The digitisation of a historical or archaeological source or sources (including making it searchable and freely available online)


2) The updating of existing digital historical or archaeological resources to enable continued online public access

Key Points

  • The intention of these grants is to fund research focusing on professional digitisation with a distinct and identifiable standalone output of making a body of information accessible to anyone upon completion of the project
  • Proposals are welcomed for a clearly defined standalone project accessible on an institutional website, to be completed within the Grant programme timeline (completion by end April 2025)
  • In line with the Academy’s focus on ensuring long term preservation and access to digital collections, all projects must also make their digital outputs and metadata available to the Royal Irish Academy for inclusion in the Digital Repository of Ireland (please see further details in guidelines document – see link below)
  • The purpose of this grant is to provide support for the direct costs of digitising material, up to a maximum of €10,000
  • All applicants must be the copyright holders of the original data, be acting on their behalf, or the work must be out of copyright

For further information on applying for this grant please see the following page on the RIA website: https://www.ria.ie/applying-nowlan-digitisation-grant