Press Release

Hanafin announces €200,000 Children’s Research Awards

The Minister for Children, Mary Hanafin, T.D., today (2 April 2002), announced the 2002 National Children’s Strategy Research Awards call for applications. Funding of €200,000 is being provided for new projects.

One masters scholarship, two doctoral scholarships and one post doctoral fellowship will be awarded to commence in the academic year 2002/2003. The research must be carried out in a recognised third-level institute in the State and must be directly related to the National Children’s Strategy. The masters and doctoral awards are valued at €12,700 per annum and university fees will also be paid. These awards will be awarded initially for one year but are renewable for up to two additional years. The post-doctoral fellowship is valued at €31,800 per annum and may be awarded for one or two years.

Minister Hanafin said “This is a major initiative to support research in relation to children’s lives. The research carried out during these scholarships and fellowships will enhance our understanding of children and will ensure that we are better informed when making policy decisions which affect children.”

The National Children’s Strategy, which was launched in November, 2000 is a major Government initiative to improve children’s lives. The second national goal of the Strategy is to promote research into children’s lives. The aim of this goal is to achieve a better understanding of how children grow up in Ireland in order to ensure that their needs are met.

A number of measures will be undertaken to implement this goal, including the development of a Children’s Research Programme, which will fund research directly related to the Strategy. The first step in the development of the Children’s Research Programme is the award of these research scholarships. The purpose of these research awards is to develop research capacity in relation to children and to support research directly related to the National Children’s Strategy.

This is the second year of the National Children’s Strategy Research Awards. Two doctoral fellowships were awarded in October 2001. The fellowships were awarded to Paula Jean Manners who is researching playtime in schools at the Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College and Caroline Smyth who is researching Youth suicide at the Department of Psychology, Trinity College. These fellowships are renewable for the next two academic years and are in addition to the new awards announced today.

Application forms, terms and conditions for the research awards and copies of the National Children’s Strategy are available from:

The National Children’s Office,

94 St. Stephen’s Green,

Dublin 2.

Phone: (01) 4180582

Fax: (01) 4180819

Email: child_strategy@health.irlgov.ie

The closing date for receipt of applications by the National Children’s Office is Friday, 31 May 2002.

“This research programme is extremely important for the implementation of the National Children’s Strategy. I look forward to receiving the research developed during these scholarships and fellowships and ensuring that it is used to improve children’s lives” Minister Hanafin said.