The Royal Irish Academy undertakes its own research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage.
The academy advises and contributes to public debate and public policy formation on issues of major interest in science, technology and culture.
It offers an independent forum to Irish scholars, and provides a network of support for scholarly disciplines through its network of national committees and commissions. The academy also maintains its library of scholarly papers.
Additionally, the Royal Irish Academy Library is one of Ireland’s research libraries. It manages major manuscript, book, pamphlet and drawings collections. The library offers comprehensive access and outreach programmes, facilitates master classes and visits, holds exhibitions and lecture series and publishes on the collections.