Research Awards

CONUL T&D RESEARCH AWARD 2024 -Call for proposals

CONUL T&D RESEARCH AWARD 2019 – Winning Entry

CONUL T&D RESEARCH AWARD – 2016 Winning Entry




CONUL T&D RESEARCH AWARD 2024 – Call for Proposals

CONUL Training and Development are pleased to announce the 8th Research Award.

The objective of this funding award is to encourage practitioner-based research and innovation among librarians in CONUL member libraries.

Entries are welcomed from librarians, or staff on equivalent grades, in CONUL member libraries, currently engaged in or wishing to undertake a research project. Research may be on any topic of relevance to the individual or their library. Research proposals which have applicability to other CONUL libraries and support the CONUL Strategy 2020-2024 will be particularly welcome. The judging panel will be looking for an awareness of reflective practice and evidence-based practice, along with sound research methodology.

For more information or with informal queries about the Research Award application, please contact your CONUL T&D Representative here or contact Donna Ó Doibhlin the Research Award coordinator.

Further information on applications for 2024 Research Award


CONUL T&D RESEARCH AWARD 2019 – Winning Entry

Winner – Elaine Harrington, UCC, for her submission entitled ‘Listening to Libraries’ Sounds Today for the Library of Tomorrow’

Listening to Libraries; Elaine Harrington

CONUL T&D RESEARCH AWARD – 2016 Winning Entry.

Winning Entry

Winner – Johanna Archbold, RCSI / Michelle Breen, UL joint submission entitled ‘Amplifying CONUL’s voice: Exploring how Ireland’s research libraries can be ‘heard’ in national and international contexts’

Final Report

2nd Place – Laura Connaughton, MU submission entitled ‘User Experience (UX) in Maynooth University (MU) Library’

3rd Place – Joseph Greene, UCD submission entitled ‘Establishing standards for measuring open content usage: How many times have our digital assets been used?’



Previous Awards

2012:   the Award went to Joshua Clark and Rosalind Pan of University College Dublin for their research project “Strategic mobile library development: the place of library apps and the options for creating them.”

2009:   the Award went to Caleb Derven, University College Dublin, for his proposal Evaluating Services and Specifications for Reading List Systems.

2007:   the winner was Siobhan Dunne, Dublin City University for her study, Local Community Engagement: extending the role of the academic library to meet the university’s mission.