Excellence, Talent, Impact – IUA Welcomes New Innovation 2020 Strategy

The Irish Universities Association expresses its support for the Government’s new research and innovation strategy. IUA Research Vice Presidents Group Chair, Professor Orla Feely[1] said: I welcome the publication of the strategy today.  It sets out a strong ambition for Ireland as a leader in innovation, underpinned by the excellence, talent and impact of Irish research. The commitment to increasing public and private investment in research is particularly welcome.”

The new strategy aims to reach a target of 2.5% of GDP spent on research by 2020, across the public and private sectors. The majority of public sector research is carried out by universities. IUA Chief Executive, Ned Costello[2] said: “the plans to increase postgraduate enrolments by 30% and to develop an effective careers plan for researchers puts the spotlight on talent. This will benefit both research and education and ensure a flow of critical skills in to the wider economy and society.”

The strategy also includes plans for a successor to the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions to include investment in the creation of new, and the maintenance and upgrading of existing, facilities and equipment. A new Programme of Funding for Frontier Research will be also introduced. “These initiatives will support a wider spectrum of research and better equip Ireland to find solutions to the complex challenges facing us”, Ned Costello said.

The strategy emphasises the importance of collaboration. Professor Feely said: the success of the strategy will rely on higher education and enterprise mobilising around it in an agile and co-ordinated manner, in tandem with government and its agencies. The universities look forward to working with all of those involved as we seek to build on our success to date and deliver excellent research and innovation, with impact nationally and globally”.



8 December 2015


Notes for Editors:

[1] Professor Orla Feely is Chair of the IUA Vice Presidents and Deans of Research Committee and Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact at University College Dublin.

[2] Ned Costello is Chief Executive of the IUA and Director of Research and Innovation.

Webinar on 2016-2017 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Work Programme

The 2016-2017 Work Programme for Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions was published on 14th October. The Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office is offering a webinar to summarise the Calls and new aspects in the Work Programme, including the new Society and Enterprise Panel within the Individual Fellowships Call. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Jennifer Brennan, NCP for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and will take place from 15:00 to 16:00 on November 2nd.

How to participate:
To register, please email mariecurie@iua.ie. You will receive an email confirming your registration and containing more information about accessing the webinar. Please note that it may be up to 72 hours before you receive the confirmation email.

NB: For those unable to participate at the appointed time, the webinar has been recorded for viewing at their own convenience.

MSCA Work Programme 2016-2017

MSCA WP 2016-2017 – Nov 2015 – webinar

MSCA WP 2016-2017 Webinar Q&A Report

YouTube – http://youtu.be/Iq4lo57hFxE

Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/144617059

Individual Fellowships Writing Workshops – Various Dates from June 10th to August 14th, 2015

To assist researchers and supervisors in preparing a competitive proposal for the upcoming MSCA Individual Fellowships Call (deadline 10th September), a series of proposal writing webinars hosted at various Higher Education Institutions and centrally in the IUA Offices  in Merrion Square Dublin.  See below for details. There is a limited number of places at these workshops. Priority will be given to researchers applying with an Irish organisation as their host organisation. If there is strong demand for the IUA-based workshops, extra dates will be added.


Date and Venue How to register
10th June
Contact Máire Coyle maire.coyle@ucd.ie
11th June
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nui-galway-marie-skodowska-curie-proposal-writing-workshop-tickets-17223006476
17th June
Maynooth University
Contact Aoife Shanley aoife.shanley@nuimaynooth.ie
18th June
Contact Oonagh Kinsman oonagh.kinsman@tcd.ie
23rd June
Contact Ciaran Prunty c.prunty@qub.ac.uk
6th August
IUA Offices, Dublin 2
Complete the registration page at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GX327R8 .
Deadline for registration 31st  July
11th August
IUA Offices, Dublin 2
Complete the registration page at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GX327R8 .
Deadline for registration 31st July
14th August
Contact Louise Burgoyne l.burgoyne@ucc.ie

Webinar on Individual Fellowships Proposal Writing – July 3rd, 2015 at 11.00-12.00

In advance of the 2015 deadline for MSCA Individual Fellowships (10th September 2015), the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office offered a webinar to assist researchers with writing an IF proposal. The webinar was hosted by Dr. Jennifer Brennan, NCP for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions on July 3rd.


NB: For those who were unable to participate at the appointed time, the webinar has been recorded and is available below for viewing on Youtube and Vimeo  at your own convenience.






French-Irish forum for doctoral Studies and internationalisation TCD 25 June

Trinity College Dublin, Innovation Academy – The main objective of this forum, organized by Campus France, the French embassy, the Irish University Association and hosted by Trinity College is to exchange best practices for doctoral studies between Ireland and France. A statement of conclusions and proceedings will be sent to all institutions involved in doctoral studies in France and Ireland. The audience will be: vice-presidents of universities and institutions, heads of international offices, directors of doctoral schools, directors of laboratories, etc.

A reception will take place at the French Embassy for all participants on June 24th at 6:30pm.

Agenda for 25th June:

9:00: Coffee/Tea

9:15 Welcome address

Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College

9:30: Sessions and panel discussions

Chair: Aideen Long, Dean of Graduate Studies, Trinity College Dublin

9:30: Doctoral studies and quality: recent changes in Ireland and France

The environment of PhD students: rights and duties, supervision, laboratory (best practices)

  • The new national Framework for doctoral education,

Barbara Dooley, Dean of Graduate Studies, University College Dublin

  • Doctoral studies in the new French “Communautés d’universités et d’établissements” (COMUE)

Hubert Romat, Directeur Ecole Doctorale SIMMEA, COMUE Leonard de Vinci


10:45 :Tools for international cooperation at doctorate level (cosupervisions and cotutorials)

Round table with testimonials of students and supervisors from Limoges, Bordeaux, Paris 1, Paris 6, Limerick, UCD…


12:00: Visit and presentation to Doctoral Schools

Barry Mc Mahon, Innovation Academy Trinity College Dublin

13:00 Lunch

14:30 : Sessions and panel discussions (continued)

Chair: Aideen Long, Dean of Graduate Studies, Trinity College Dublin

14:30: Doctoral studies in European programmes

Marie Sklodowksa Curie actions (EJD, ETN, EID) and their implementation for PhD training

Jennifer Brennan, National Contact Point, Irish University Association

Aisling Ni Annaidh, example of ETN “HEADS” coordinated at UCD


15:30: PhDs and the industrial sector (panel)

Examples of international companies recruiting PhDs and doctors

Tony O’Donnell (SAP), IRC?, Patrick O’Sullivan (IBM),  INTEL ?


16:00: Policy issues on internationalization of doctoral studies

  • Lisa Looney, Dean of Graduate Studies, Dublin City University
  • Lesley Lelourec, ConferencePresidents Université et Vice-Présidente Relations Internationales Université Rennes 2


17:00: Reporting and conclusions

Building Collaborative North South Partnerships in MSCA

The Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office and InterTradeIreland held a networking and information event for research centres and multidisciplinary groups across the island.

Presenters Avril Monaghan SFI, Suzanne Miller-Delaney IUA, Graeme Horley SFI, Bernadette McGahon InterTradeIreland and Jennifer Brennan IUA

Presenters Avril Monahan SFI, Suzanne Miller-Delaney IUA, Graeme Horley SFI, Bernadette McGahon InterTradeIreland and Jennifer Brennan IUA

Information sessions were held on the following topics:

The final programme and profiles of all research centres attending the event can be downloaded here: Final Programme & Profiles Doc

Aileen Mackin and Carrie Small of InterTrade Ireland

Aileen Mackin and Carrie Small of InterTrade Ireland

Networking sessions facilitated by the appropriate National Contact Points / Northern Ireland Contact Points were held in the following areas:

  • ICT /Data Analytics
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing & Materials
  • Health (incorporating connected health, medical devices, drug delivery & food for health)


Photographs from the Event:

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3rd Feb 2015 – Bridging Business and Research – a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Event

3rd February, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, 9am-2pm including lunch.

The European Commission and the Irish Marie Sklodowska-Curie Office are holding an event on Horizon 2020 funding for research-performing companies and other non-academic organisations.

This free event will include information on:

  • Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
  • Horizon 2020 SME Instrument
  • Testimonials from companies successful in FP7
  • Practical issues
    + European support networks for companies and researchers
    + IP Management in Horizon 2020
    + How to find and work effectively with academic partners

Early-bird registration and a draft agenda is available at https://mscabusiness.teamwork.fr/


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More Information:

Companies do not necessarily have the facilities, financial resources or human capital to run their research projects as they would like to. Thanks to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), it is now possible for SMEs or other companies to collaborate with academic research organisations, have access to their equipment, and integrate some of their highly skilled researchers within the research projects of the firm.

Transferring cutting-edge science and technology from creative academic groups to SMEs is a key element of successful innovation.

We know that well-trained, entrepreneurially-minded researchers who can move between academic and other settings are essential to this successful collaboration. This is why the MSCA are promoting Business-Academic collaborations that focus on giving researchers adequate skills and opportunities to contribute to SME and other business growth.

In order to give more practical information on how to get involved in our actions, and to present the latest business opportunities under the new Framework Programme for Research Horizon 2020, the MSCA have launched a promotional campaign across Europe.

The application process and concrete examples of partnerships will be explained during these information sessions. Below you can find more details about each planned event, as well as registration instructions.


HORIZON 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Information Day


From left: Alessandra Luchetti, Head of Unit, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, European Commission, Dr Jennifer Brennan, IUA and Carrie Small, Intertradeireland

Date: 4th June 2014, 11am – 4pm

Venue:  Stratocaster Suite, 3rd Floor, The Gibson Hotel, Point Village, Dublin 1

This event, kindly co-organised by InterTradeIreland,  introduced the new opportunities for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions under Horizon 2020 and celebrate the success of Irish researchers in FP7.

The FP7 PEOPLE-Marie Curie Actions programme is one of the big success stories of Irish participation in FP7, representing almost €100 million of the €600 million drawn-down by Ireland from FP7. The Actions have funded researchers from industry, community and academia to build their research capacity, with a strong focus on international mobility and strengthening careers for researchers. Many of the successful projects involve All-Island collaborations.

Guest Speaker: Alessandra Luchetti, Head of Unit, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, European Commission

Agenda: Draft Agenda – IE- MSCA – 4Jun2014

Video Presentations:

Presentations and Papers:

Supports for MSCA Applications_EURAXESS Ireland Office Marie

Sklodowska_Curie Actions – Alessandra Luchetti – 4 June 2014

FP7 Marie Curie Actions – Irish Success

More information: please email mariecurie@iua.ie



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