Sept 17th – Launch of Ireland’s Future Talent – A Charter for Irish Universities

Irish universities are central to delivering the future talent, creativity and innovation needs of the economy and society as a whole. As the sector deals with the legacy of a decade of under-investment, it now faces the dual challenge of maintaining the quality and reputation of its graduates and research work while dealing with ever-increasing student numbers.

The seven universities, under the auspices of the Irish Universities Association, have come together to develop a Charter on what’s needed to deliver on the government ambition to make the Irish education system the “best in Europe” by 2026. The six-point Charter lays down a framework for developing a sustainable Irish university system and the resources need to deliver it.

When: Sept 17th 2017, 11am-12pm

Where: Royal College of Physicians, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 

Press:  Video Highlights of Charter Event  & IUA Official Press Release

COFUND Information Event 2019

With the objective of leveraging national funding and encouraging future COFUND applications, Dr. Geraldine Canny organised an information event at the IUA on March 21st. Among those in attendance were representatives from government departments and funding bodies.

Invited speakers included Dr. Alan Craig, Head of Sector at the Research Executive Agency as well as evaluators and those running COFUND programmes. You can view all presentations below and their respective presentation slides are also available.

Dr. Alan Craig, Head of Sector, Research Executive Agency.
How does COFUND benefit a country or region?


Dr. Alan Craig presentation slides
Dr. Paddy Healy, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Engineering, UL


Dr. Paddy Healy presentation slides
Dr. Conor O’Carroll, Independent Consultant on Research and Higher Education Policy, SciPol

Dr. Conor O’Carroll presentation slides
Dr. Andrea Valova, CAROLINE Programme Manager, Irish Research Council.

Dr. Andrea Valova presentation slides
Dr. Maire Brophy, EU Research Manager, ADAPT Centre, TCD

Dr. Máire Brophy presentation slides


Dr. Imelda Lambkin, Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund Manager, Enterprise Ireland.

Dr. Imelda Lambkin presentation slides
Liam Cronin, Associate Director of Commercialisation, ADAPT Centre, TCD.

Liam Cronin presentation slides

Extra Information here: COFUND Information Event Vox Pops


ITN 2019 Application Supports

The Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office has prepared a series of supports to assist in writing a successful application for the ITN 2019 call. These should be used in conjunction with the Guide for Applicants.

ITN 2019 Handbook

An application handbook, incorporating details of common weaknesses in unfunded applications and relevant EU policies to include in your proposal is available for download here:
ITN 2018 Handbook (474 downloads)


ITN 2019 Webinars

A four part webinar comprising an overview of the programme as well as webinars devoted to the Excellence, Impact and Implementation sections of the proposal, are available for download below. The slides are also available for download.


ITN 2019 Overview and Evaluation Video 

ITN 2019 Overview and Evaluation (slides only) (174 downloads)



ITN 2019 Excellence Section Video 

ITN 2019 Excellence Section (slides only) (155 downloads)


ITN 2019 Impact Video 

ITN 2019 Impact Section (slides only) (143 downloads)  


ITN 2019 Implementation and Part B2 Video 

ITN 2019 Implementation and Part B2 (slides only) (134 downloads)  


An exhaustive analysis of ESR from the 2018 call compiled by the Net4Mobility+ NCP network is also available for download here:
ESR 2018 Analysis (185 downloads)


Event: Developing Future-Ready Researchers: career development and mobility in a global environment 11th May TCD

The Association of Higher Education Career Services in Ireland (AHECS) Postgraduate Students Task Group is hosting a one-day international conference for all policy makers, academics, careers service and HR staff involved in supporting the career development of early career researchers. The AHECS global study of good practice informed the key themes of the day.

11th May 2018, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

The programme will focus on career development including international mobility, internships and workplace learning opportunities. Keynote presentations and parallel workshops will be delivered by the speakers from Australia, Canada, UK and Ireland.

The expected outcomes from the day are to:

  • Enhance career development support for early career researchers through collaboration and partnership internationally and locally
  • Discuss the supports that would ideally be put in place in Ireland, and how they might be implemented
  • Influence Irish and European policy based on models of international good practice

Senior representatives of major stakeholder organisations in Ireland will be in attendance.

Click here to register by Friday, 27th of April 2018.


24th and 25th January 2018- Research and Training Projects with European Organisations

This webinar was given on January 24th and 25th by Geraldine Canny and Grace McCarthy to inform potential applicants from Third countries how they could participate in Innovative Training Networks and Research and Innovation Staff Exchange actions. 750 people from around the world registered for these webinars.

The webinar recording and slides can be accessed at the links below.

11 December 2017 – Innovative Training Networks (ITN) information day

The fourth Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Networks (ITN) info day took place in Brussels on 11 December 2017. The agenda of the meeting focused on providing the coordinators of the H2020 ITN projects with information on specific implementation matters. 196 people representing 125 projects took part in the meeting.

Innovative training networks bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers. The funding boosts scientific excellence and business innovation, and enhances researchers’ career prospects by developing their skills in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

Presentations shown during the InfoDay can be accessed here

Go to the latest ITN call for proposals (2018).

10 Nov 2017 – Proposal Preparation Training for ITN Call 2018

Applying to the MSCA ITN Call 2018? The Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office has prepared a series of supports to assist in writing  a successful application.

ITN 2018 Webinars & FAQ

A webinar providing an overview of the ITN programme and its evaluation process is available for download below.

Three webinars, covering the Excellence, Impact and Implementation sections of the proposal, are available for download below.

An FAQ document is available for download here.


ITN 2018 Handbook

An application handbook, including a full annotated template (incorporating details of common weaknesses in unfunded applications and relevant EU policies to include in your proposal) and a “how to submit” guide is available for download below.


Handbook –  Handbook – 2018 ITN Handbook v1.0 (944 downloads)


Video: ITN 2018 Overview and Evaluation Process: 

ITN 2018 Overview and Evaluation Process (slides only):  MSCA ITN 2018 Overview&Evaluation (488 downloads)


Video: ITN 2018 Excellence Section: 

ITN 2018 Excellence Section (slides only):  ITN 2018 - General & Excellence rec (498 downloads)


Video: ITN 2018 Impact Section:

ITN 2018 Impact Section (slides only):  ITN 2018 - Impact (486 downloads)


Video: ITN 2018 Implementation & B2 sections:

ITN 2018 Implementation & B2 sections (slides only):  ITN 2018 Implementation & Part B2 (460 downloads)

ConneXions – Dublin French Tech event 30th Sept – 1st Oct Dublin 8

ConneXions is a two-day free forum connecting France and Ireland in the fields of education, culture and digital technology. It will take place on the weekend of the 30th Sept – 1st Oct. at Richmond Barracks, Dublin 8.

ConneXions is a Dublin French Tech event.

What should you be expecting from that weekend?

–        A weekend of exploring the ways digital technology will be impacting tomorrow’s city and our ways of living

–        5 round table seminars to discuss and debate on issues such as: Will they find a new way for you not to be waiting for the bus under the rain? Will your voice truly impact the way the city is organised? How will tomorrow’s school look like in the future: will they be using pens and schoolbooks? Find out more here

–        20 speakers from France and Ireland from big companies such as Accenture, Linkedin, Veolia, Microsoft, Enedys; universities such as UCD, DCU and University Paris Diderot; media such as Dublin Globe, Silicon Republic; from local authorities such as Dublin City Council and Smart Dublin … and, of course, cultural institutions La Gaîté Lyrique, Science Gallery, Rua Red  

–        20+ exhibitors from France and Ireland at the Start-Up Market will showcase their amazing innovations that will make you want to go back to school, learn a new language, help you develop your career, use video to travel … and much more!

–        Linkedin, the professional social network, will animate a “Rock your profile” stand, with free coaching for all those young professionals, making sure they get the most out of their professional online profile and network!

And, while you are around, don’t forget to have a look around: the hackathon #HackYourCity! is taking place! Our hackers will be busy in the classroom trying to find innovative solutions to challenges linked with education, tourism and developing business opportunities. They will be working on this all weekend-long and pitching their projects on Sunday at 11 am

(“Butwhat is a hackathon?” are you wondering? Well, it is actually people with different backgrounds coming together, forming teams around a problem and collaboratively developing a solution from scratch)

What else?

ConneXions is a free event – Spread the word & get a ticket for your friends on EventBrite

The programme is available on our website:

Richmond Barraks is located in Inchicore, Dublin 8 (here, more precisely)


Stay connected!

On Facebook: @ConneXionsIE

On Twitter: @ConneXions_IE


gradireland Higher Education Awards & Symposium Nov 24th – Enter today!

On Friday 24 November 2017 the annual gradireland Higher Education Awards & Symposium will take place. These awards, now in their seventh year, are the blue riband event for higher education professionals, postgraduate admissions officers and course providers across the island of Ireland. Combined with a unique learning Symposium, this daytime event is not to be missed.

The Symposium was introduced to universal acclaim in 2016. Designed to facilitate a forum for learning, networking and exchange of best practice both nationally and internationally, the Higher Education Symposium featured sessions on learning analytics, careers support for doctoral researchers, using social media to engage with international students and more. Content for this year’s Symposium is currently being developed.

The gradireland Higher Education Awards are presented after lunch on the day of the Symposium. Universities & IOT’s are cordially invited to enter to win one or more of the following nine awards:

Postgraduate Course of the Year categories

Marketing category

Entry Form (306 downloads)

All Award categories are FREE to enter and all entries must be received before 5pm on Friday 6 October 2017. The very best of luck!

Official Event site


Smart Futures: SFI Research Career Options Forum – 22 Sept Dublin – Register Now!

The Smart Futures: SFI Research Career Options Forum will take place from 10.30am on 22nd September in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

The Forum will discuss career paths and relevant research programmes open to early career researchers and postgraduate students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).



The plenary session will take place from 11.00am – 1.00pm. Dr Liz Elvidge, Head of the Postdoc Development Centre, Imperial College London, will deliver a keynote address on ‘What Every Postdoc Needs to Know’.  This will be followed by a talk on entrepreneurship, an overview of key SFI programmes and a panel discussion. See Agenda for more information. Following a light lunch, prescheduled ‘Face to Face with Industry’ sessions will take place between researchers/students and industry representatives.

Focus of the event

  • The plenary session will outline career paths which are available to early career researchers and postgraduate students in the areas of STEM and will highlight key programmes of relevance to them.
  • The ‘Face to Face’ sessions with Industry will allow attendees who are interested in participating in the SFI Industry Fellowship Programme a chance to meet and discuss potential research projects.
  • The ‘Face to Face’ sessions are also open to students/researchers interested in meeting with companies that are actively recruiting for people with STEM qualifications.
  • Workshops will explore topics and skills such as CV preparation and entrepreneurship.

Why should you participate?

  • For postgraduate STEM students and early career researchers, this is an opportunity to get valuable career path insights and practical information about specific programme opportunities.  
  • For industry, this is an opportunity to meet and recruit potential team members and ensure you are getting great applications with the relevant skills, qualifications or experience that you need for your organisation.
  • All event participants will learn more about the SFI Industry Fellowship Programme and other programme opportunities.
  • You will hear from an international expert in this area, Dr Liz Elvidge, Head of Postdoc Development Centre, Imperial College London about ‘What Every Postdoc Needs to Know’.

About the Industry Fellowship Programme 2017

The purpose of the Industry Fellowship Programme 2017 is to enhance industry-academia collaborations through the funding of collaborative industry-academia research projects, and to stimulate excellence through knowledge exchange and training of engineers and scientists. Both aims will be pursued by the Industry Fellowship Programme, through the temporary placement of academic researchers in industry, and of industry researchers in academia. Fellowships can have a duration between 1 and 12 months if full-time, and between 2 and 24 months if part-time. The maximum Industry Fellowship award amount is €100,000 direct costs. See for more information.

For queries please contact:
Tel: 353 1 284 4761

North America Counsellor Tour Feb/March 2017

Education in Ireland is delighted to invite US High School Counsellors on a tour of University Campuses in the Republic of Ireland which will take place between 26th February – 3rd March 2017. The goal of the tour is to give individuals a first-hand experience of the Irish campuses, as well as to familiarise interested individuals with the Irish University system, application process, tuition costs, and outline the advantages of an Irish University education for North American students.

If interested please fill in an application form via the link below. We are accepting applications up until 14th November 2016. For more information please contact Apply here

Education in Ireland fairs in Hong Kong & India – February 2017

Hong Kong: Irish Universities will be part of the Education in Ireland booth at the Hong Kong Education and Careers Expo from the 23rd– 26th February  HKTDC Education and Careers Expo in Hong Kong 2017.



Saturday 18th February             Chennai           Taj Coromandel                          11am-4pm

Sunday 19th February                 Bangalore       The Park, 41/3, MG Road       12pm-5pm

Wednesday 22nd February       Mumbai          St Regis                                              1pm-6pm

Saturday 25th February              Pune                 Crowne Plaza, City Centre       11am-4pm

Sunday 26th February                 New Delhi      Eros Hotel, Nehru Place          12pm-5pm


Webinar for proposal planning Feb 21st 10am – International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference

Announcing the 2017 Conference Call for Proposals

The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is pleased to announce that proposals are now being accepted for the 2017 conference in Galway, Ireland.

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The conference will take place September 14 – 16, 2017 and is hosted by NUI Galway. The conference program chair is Lorraine McIlrath.

The theme of this year’s conference is Gateways – Charting New Territories & Forging Authentic Relationships.

For more information about the 2017 conference as it becomes available, to view the call, or to submit a proposal, please visit

Call for Proposals:

IARSLCE will be holding a free webinar for those planning to submit proposals on Tuesday, February 21 at 10am CT.

The webinar will be led by 2017 Conference Chair Lorraine McIlralth and IARSLCE Vice-Chair Marshall Welch.

Space is limited, so to reserve your space, please click here. A weblink will be provided via email the day before the webinar.

Proposals will be due on Friday, March 10, 2017.


17th February 2017 – Proposal Preparation Training for RISE 2017 Call

Applying to the MSCA RISE 2017 Call or just want to know more about the programme? This webinar will introduce the fundamentals of Research & Innovation Staff Exchange and the supports offered by the Irish Marie Sklodowska-Curie Office.

Webinar SlidesIntroduction to RISE 2017

RISE 2017 Handbook2017 RISE Handbook – Irish MSC Office – Final

RISE Training Videos x 4 – click here for playlist

Webinar Video


29th Nov 2016 – Celebrating 20 years of Marie Curie Actions


Celebrating 20 years of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are Minister of State John Halligan with  Jennifer Brennan and Suzanne Miller-Delaney from the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office. Minister Halligan joins Marie Curie and colleagues to mark 20 years of EU funding for business, academic and community-engaged research. Named after the Polish-born Nobel Prize winning scientist the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions is the top performer in Ireland’s bid for Horizon 2020 funding.  Under the scheme Irish researchers have won close to €60 million euro of funding to support projects across the full breadth of research areas from science and technology to humanities, social science, business and law. The Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office, which supports researchers with their funding proposals, is based at the Irish Universities Association and is supported by the Irish Research Council.