BAI doubles support for research funding

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland is offering twice the amount of support than last year for the 2016 Media Research Funding Scheme.

A total of €50,000 is being made available to suitably qualified academics, researchers and media professionals in order to carry out short-term research project(s) on themes of relevance to anticipated developments in the broadcasting sector and the BAI’s regulatory role in these regards.

Research themes of particular interest, identified by the BAI for the 2016 scheme include:

  • Gender in the media;
  • Broadcast media and society;
  • Irish language in broadcasting;
  • Any theme supporting the BAI’s strategic goals and objectives, as set out in the BAI’s Strategy Statement 2014-2016.

Commenting on the launch, BAI Chief Executive, Michael O’Keeffe, said: “Research funded by the BAI is very important in guiding and planning all aspects of our regulatory work and this is why the Authority has approved a 100% increase in the amount of support being made available through the Media Research Funding Scheme this year. The aim of the Scheme is to strengthen the links between the BAI, third level institutions and the broadcasting sector, as well as providing a strong evidence base to our regulatory function and helping us to meet the needs of viewers and listeners.

“While we will consider all applications deemed to complement the BAI Strategy Statement 2014-2016, we are particularly interested in projects that highlight research gaps in the topic of gender in the media; those that look at whether Irish broadcasting reflects and shapes modern Irish society, and the role of the Irish language in broadcasting.”

Further information, including funding scheme guidelines and the application form, is available here (file download). The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday, 14th October 2016.

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