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The aim of the Society's founders in 1731 was to improve Ireland's economic condition by promoting the development of Agriculture, Arts, Industry and Science. Inspired by the founding aims and purpose of the Society, the Foundation Programme supports Irish society by acting as a catalyst to ensure that the coming generations can fulfil their potential. Below is an overview of the projects within the RDS Foundation Programme.


RDS Music Bursary

RDS Music Bursary

With a prize fund of €15,000 the RDS Music Bursary is one of the largest single bursaries on offer to a young musician in Europe. Open to vocalists, conductors and instrumentalists, the Bursary aims to assist a young professional musician develop their career through further study at home or abroad or for the purchase of a musical instrument.

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RDS Craft Awards

RDS Craft Awards

The annual RDS Craft Awards showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft. Established in 1968, the Awards follow an RDS tradition of promoting Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.

The RDS Craft Awards is an open platform for Irish craftspeople to have their work assessed by an independent judging panel of Irish and international craft experts.

The 2016 Awards will be open for online entries on Monday 14 March. The deadline for entries is 8 June. A link to the online application form will be accessible from this webpage from 14 March. For more key dates please click here.

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RDS STEM Learning Programme

RDS STEM Learning Programme

The RDS STEM Learning Programme is an innovative and interactive professional development programme aimed at developing primary school teachers' pedagogical and conceptual knowledge of science and mathematics.

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RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards

RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards

The Irish Forestry Awards recognise and reward farmers and woodland owners who are employing the principles of Climate-Smart Agriculture on their properties including: sound commercial management, environmental protection and bio diversity.

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RDS Visual Art Awards

RDS Visual Art Awards

Spanning three centuries, the RDS Visual Art Awards (formerly RDS Student Art Awards) are among Ireland’s most important visual arts accolades. Roderic O’Conor, Walter Osborne, Louis Le Brocquy, Dorothy Cross and Isobel Egan are just some of the illustrious past winners. All were financially supported by the RDS as they started out on their artistic careers, today the RDS continues this support with an exciting exhibition opportunity and a prize fund of €20,000 for emerging Irish artists. The top prize is the Taylor Art Award of €10,000 which has been awarded since 1860.

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RDS & IIEA Leadership Forum on Climate Smart Agriculture

RDS & IIEA Leadership Forum on Climate Smart Agriculture

In response to the Global Alliance announcement on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) at the 2014 Climate Summit, the RDS and the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) have come together to establish a Leadership Forum on CSA.

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RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence

RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence

Inaugurated in 1899, the Boyle Medal continues to recognise scientific research of exceptional merit and remains to this day Ireland's premier science award.

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RDS Primary Science Fair

RDS Primary Science Fair

The RDS Primary Science Fair is expanding. Each year the Fair gets bigger and better, with more and more schools looking for places. To cater for this, from January 2016, schools can choose to exhibit their project at the RDS Primary Science Fair Dublin or RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick.

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RDS Preparing to Takeoff – Reach for Recovery Series

RDS Preparing to Takeoff – Reach for Recovery Series

The RDS Preparing to Takeoff – Reach for Recovery Business Breakfast series began in May 2011 with the goal of sharing ideas and communicating both the challenges and opportunities that exist for Ireland.

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RDS Economic Recovery Lecture Series

RDS Economic Recovery Lecture Series

Beginning in 2012, the RDS embarked on a series of lectures designed to address the next chapter in our economic story by welcoming those who are directly responsible for helping rebuild the Irish economy.

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