For the purposes of this scheme, ICOM's museum definition applies.
As one of the main purposes of the awards is to support the continuous, life-long development of museum staff, there is no age limit.
Applications will be judged solely on the basis of information contained in the application form.
IMA membership may constitute a preferential factor in adjudicating the applications.
Application forms must be endorsed by the director or CEO of a recognised museum. Academic applicants will need the endorsement of their designated academic supervisor.
Applications must indicate how the award will contribute to the applicants capacity to make an enhanced contribution to the Irish museum sector. In the case of academic applicants, they must demonstrate (a) the direct relevance of their work to Irish museums and (b) how the grant will practically assist with the research in hand.
The committee will exercise its discretion in deciding whether the full amount of the award or a lesser amount is appropriate in each instance. To facilitate this evaluation, a full breakdown of costs should be provided.
Applicants are expected to make realistic and proportionate applications. (For example, where €500 is sufficient to cover the costs of a proposed project, this should be clearly stated.)
Applicants may be requested to produce an open access report and/or presentation of findings.
It is intended that there will be two submission dates annually.