WIT awarded BAI funding under Media Research Scheme

Dr Chris Mulhall from WIT’s School of Humanities

Dr Chris Mulhall from WIT’s School of Humanities

WIT and Nemeton TV together have been awarded funding for their project which focuses on teaching people Irish phrases through sport

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Nemeton TV have been awarded €16,900 in funding by the Broadcast Authority of Ireland (BAI) under its Media Research Funding Scheme 2016, which will be headed by Dr Chris Mulhall from WIT’s School of Humanities.

The collaboration between WIT and Nemeton is titled; Co-locational Learning of Irish Phrases through Sport/Foghlaim Comhlogaíochta de Fhrásaí Gaeilge trí Mheán an Spóirt and focuses on teaching best practice guidelines and practical advice for broadcasters in the sports domain, in the use of Irish language.

The Scheme provides funding to academics, researchers and media professionals to conduct media-related research on topical issues pertaining to the broadcasting industry.

The BAI received 11 applications under the scheme, requesting a total amount of funding of just under €235,000. Three projects were selected by the adjudicating panel and have been offered total funding of €50,000, the maximum amount available under this year’s scheme.  

Commenting on the announcement, BAI Chief Executive, Michael O’Keeffe, said: “The Media Research Funding Scheme serves an important function in strengthening links between the BAI, third level institutions and the broadcasting sector and we were delighted with the quality of applications received under the current scheme, which was exceptionally high.

“The wide variety of research themes submitted through the application process was particularly welcome and enabled us to provide funding to three highly topical research projects as part of this year’s scheme. We look forward to contract finalisation with each of the successful applicants and to considering the outcomes of each research initiative, in due course.”

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