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 Children’s Funded Research Programme

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) supports the Children’s Funded Research Programme, which was established in 2004.  This Programme is underpinned by the holistic understanding of children’s lives set out in the National Children’s Strategy 2000-2010, and takes account of the lives of all children as well as those with additional needs. Crucially, this Programme privileges the voices of children while recognising the role played by families, communities and formal supports in their lives. 

The largest research project funded under this programme is the Growing up in Ireland Study, which follows the progress of approximately 8,500 9-year-olds and 11,000 9-month-olds. The main aim of the study is to provide information about how children in Ireland are growing and developing within the social, economic and cultural environment.  This information is being used to assist in policy formation and in the provision of services, and it will help to ensure all children have the best possible start in life.


2012 DCYA/IRC Co-Funded Research Scheme

The 2012 Co-Funded Research Scheme closed for applications in June 2012. This year the scheme focussed on social policy research projects, and in particular on areas identified as priorities under the National Strategy for Research and Data on Children’s Lives 2011-2016, and again required the establishment of a direct link between researchers and policy makers.  The scheme is being co-funded with DCYA by the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government, the Family Support Agency and Irish Research Council (IRC).

All queries about the scheme should be directed to the IRC mailbox at

Click on the links below for an abstract on each project



2010-2011 DCYA/IRCHSS Co-Funded Research Scheme

Since 2010 the Research Unit and other units in the Department have been co-funding research activities focused on meeting policy needs and developing research capacity through Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (now the Irish Research Council) schemes since 2010.

In 2010 three research projects in the areas of participation and child protection were funded under the IRCHSS Research Development Initiative and reports from these projects are due in 2012. A key aspect of these projects has been direct linkage between the researchers and the relevant policy unit in the Department

Please click here for an abstract for each project.

In 2011, three summer schools were funded as part of the capacity building element of the research programme. These summer schools were focussed on the improved use of existing data sources and on themes relevant to the outcome areas of the research and data strategy (education, health and safety).


Children’s Funded Research Programme 2004-2009

In addition to Growing up in Ireland, 27 studies, focusing on different areas of children’s lives, have been commissioned or funded under the funded Research Programme.

Please click here for more information on the research  funded under the Children’s Funded Research Programme 2004-2009





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