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Building International Collaborations Supports (BICS) - 2024/25

The Geary Institute proudly announces the return of its highly successful seed funding scheme! Once again, we invite applications from our esteemed members for the continuation of our renowned Building International Collaborations Supports (BICS) initiative. After its remarkable success last year, BICS is back to further cultivate impactful collaborations between Geary members and esteemed researchers from universities and research institutes worldwide.

BICS will support visits by international collaborators to UCD during the 2024/25 academic year by providing both access to desk space for visiting scholars in the Geary Institute and also funding for vouched travel and accommodation costs of between €300 and €2,500 for your nominated international collaborator. These visits should support the initiation of new collaborations or the further development of existing research collaborations that will lead to significant outputs in terms of publications and/or research funding applications.

We encourage you to seize this opportunity and apply for this exciting initiative by clicking the link provided below. We look forward to receiving your application and collaborating with you towards advancing new collaborations between international researchers and members of the Geary community.

Decisions regarding the allocation of BICS funding and other support will be based on the following criteria:

  • CV of the applicant Geary Institute member and international collaborator
  • Quality of their joint research proposal
  • Potential of this collaboration to support significant outcomes in terms of publications, events and/or research funding applications, and to contribute to the UCD Geary Institute's current areas of interest and activity. 
  • Significance  of output or contribution to Geary activities during the visit. 

Terms & Conditions:

The selected applicants will be required to spend a minimum of 1 week in the Geary Institute for Public Policy, with the possibility of further joint research work beyond this timeframe. During their stay, the UCD Geary Institute will provide successful candidates with access to a work area, and internet facilities, if necessary.

The successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Deliver a research seminar on a relevant topic of their current work during their visit to the Institute as part of the UCD Geary Seminar Series or participate as a speaker in one of the Institute's scheduled events.
  • Draft a policy brief, policy paper, or working paper on an area of their expertise and interest, to be published under the UCD Geary Institute banner in either (opens in a new window)PublicPolicy.ie or in the form of a Geary working paper and  circulated among the Institute's mailing list.
  • Engage in research with one or more of the UCD Geary Institute's core members. This work should lead to at least one high-quality academic output within 24 months of the fellowship's completion, or a funding application or research event or other outputs that could create significant impact from the results of the joint research.

To apply, please complete the application form here: (opens in a new window)Geary Institute BICS Funding Scheme - Visiting Academic Application Form. The application deadline is 5pm Friday 7th June 2024.

Contact the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy

UCD Geary Institute, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 4615 | E: geary@ucd.ie | Location Map(opens in a new window)