Prison Based Research

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

Research Officer

Irish Prison Service Headquarters

Corporate Services Directorate

IDA Business Park,

Ballinalee Road


Co. Longford N39 A308

or emailed to  (Please mark Prison Based Research as the subject)

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)

Download the Research Application Form Here