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Prison Based Research

Should you wish to conduct prison based research you should complete the following Irish Prison Service (IPS) Research Approval Form R1 (only proposals submitted on the official IPS research approval form R1 will be considered):

IPS Research Application form (.doc)

Research proposals should be clearly marked Prison Based Research and sent to:

Research Officer,

Irish Prison Service College

Brian Stack House

Portlaoise

Co. Laois

or emailed to

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      (Please mark Prison Based Research)

Applications to carry out research involving prisoners are considered from an ethical perspective by the Research Officer in conjunction with the Research Advisory Panel. Evaluation of applications will consider issues such as:

  • the value of the research to the Irish Prison Service (IPS)
  • the current demands on the time and resources of locations
  • the current demands on particular populations in terms of time/effort and volume of research being undertaken.

(The above is not an exhaustive list)

For guidance on making an application and to download the application form please click the following links.

IPS Research Ethics Guidance Document (pdf)

IPS research application form (.doc)