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Research Funding and Collaboration

Opportunities for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellows within the School of Natural Sciences

The MSCA European Fellowship programme offers two-years of postdoctoral funding to allow researchers to develop their own research interests and progress the development of their research career through training. The funding provides a generous salary for the research fellow, as well as research and training costs.
The School of Natural Sciences is interested in supporting applications of well qualified candidates to this programme, the deadline for which is the 14th September 2016. This is a very competitive programme and in order to be successful the application process will need to be driven by the candidate.  If you are interested in applying with the School of Natural Sciences as your host, please contact one of our Principal Investigators to discuss your proposed research project before the 25th June 2016.

Since 2012, research income for the School totalled over €8 million, spread over 71 projects. This research funding has been sourced from a very diverse range of agencies, both national and international, including Horizon 2020, FP7, the European Research Council (ERC), Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Teagasc, the Marine Institute, Department of Agriculture, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Irish Research Council, Irish Petroleum Infrastructure Programme, and a number of industry partners and charities.

Through its existing funded projects the school has formed research partnerships with research institutions and private enterprises nationally and internationally, and it is through this network that the school’s Principal Investigators plan to participate in the Horizon 2020 programme.  The diverse research interests of the school make it well placed to address the societal challenges highlighted by Horizon 2020, in particular "Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research, and the bioeconomy"; and "Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials".  

Researchers in the school are interested in future national and international collaborations on both public and privately funded research, should you wish to discuss a potential collaboration please contact the School’s Research Officer at