[H2020] COFUND : Ireland’s good results
Ireland secured several COFUND funding in the last call for propositions, a competitive scheme aiming at fostering excellence in researchers’ training, mobility and career development.
Ireland has obtained good results in the last call for proposals COFUND. In addition to Trinity College Dublin securing its largest-ever Horizon 2020 funding, 6 millions € for a new postdoctoral programme EDGE (see here), two other COFUND projects are to be pointed out.
A fellowship programme for the arts and humanities sector
Trinity College Dublin secured a little more than 300,000 euros of fundings for a visiting research fellows programme, the “Trinity Long Room Hub Visiting Research Fellows Programme” (TLRH-VRF).
Starting in June 2016 for a 4-year duration, this programme will offer opportunities to nine Experienced Researchers from across the spectrum of the Arts and Humanities to spend a fellowship of 12 months duration at Trinity Colleges’ Arts and Humanities Research Institute.
The objectives of the programme are to attract high quality international researchers from Europe and all over the world via more attractive employment conditions including an employment contract and via wide and rigorous promotion of the calls while open. The programme will provide fellows with training and networking opportunities that will enhance their career development potential, to identify the relevance of their work for other sectors outside academia including the public and to provide them with interdisciplinary research opportunities.
Training in medical device research and development
The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) obtained a funding of a little more than 2m € for mobility fellowship programme for research in medical devices, the “Career Development and Mobility Fellowships in Medical Device Research and Development: A CÚRAM Industry-Academia Training Initiative” (MedTrain). CÚRAM is the national Centre for Research in Medical Devices and is a distributed research centre, headquartered in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), and composed of multiple academic partners from around Ireland (NUIG, University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Molecular Medicine Ireland) and 35+ industry partners.
MedTrain will offer 31 prestigious two-year postdoctoral fellowships for incoming mobility to eligible Experienced Researchers in the area of Medical Device Research and Development across two calls. Experienced researchers are those in possession of a doctoral degree (or at least four years full-time equivalent research experience). Fellows will be hosted in a CÚRAM academic host and will second to a suitable research performing organisation in the non-academic sector, located in any country in the world.
The COFUND scheme aims to stimulate regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers’ training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.