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.


Workshop on Excellent Science in the Humanities

Date: 21 Jan 2015, 11am-5pm. Venue: Royal Irish Academy, Dublin

The aim of the Excellent Science Pillar in Horizon 2020 is to raise the level of excellence in Europe’s science base and ensure world-class research. The European Research Council (ERC) and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are of particular interest to Humanities researchers. This day long workshop will feature Keynotes talks from those involved at the European level in both the ERC and MSCA, it will profile Ireland’s grant awardees and feature advice from National Contact Points and Evaluators.

To Register log onto:  http://irishhumanities.com/events/excellent-science-in-the-humanities/


11:00-11:30 Registration

11:30-12:00 European Research Council Keynote and Q&A

12:00-13:30 ERC panel and Q&A

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:00 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Keynote and Q&A

15:00-16:30 MSCA panel and Q&A

16:30-17:00 Q and A session


Chair for the day: Professor Daniel Carey, Director of the Moore Institute, MRIA and Chair of the Irish Humanities Alliance

ERC Keynote: Professor Nicholas Canny, Member of the ERC Scientific Council

ERC Panel:

Chair: Professor Jane Conroy, MRIA

Paul Kilkenny, Irish Research Council, Irish National Contact Point to the European Research Council for Social Science and Humanities

Dr Eilionóir Flynn, ERC Starting Grant awardee (2014) and Acting Director of the Centre for Disability Law & Policy, and Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway

Dr Suzanne Kingston, ERC Starting Grant awardee (2014) and Senior Lecturer in the School of Law in University College Dublin

MSCA Keynote: Louise Byrne, Research Executive Agency (European Commission)

MSCA Panel:

Chair: Professor Orla Feely, Chair of the Irish Research Council and Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact at University College Dublin

Dr Jennifer Brennan, European Advisor, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Irish National Contact Point, Irish Universities Association

Dr Laura Cleaver, Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art at Trinity College Dublin. Principal Investigator on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions research project: ‘History Books in the Anglo Norman World’ (2011-2015)

Dr Melanie Marshall, Lecturer in Music at University College Cork. Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Outgoing Fellow on the ‘Sex in the early modern city: Music and eroticism in sixteenth-century Rome’ research project (2011-2014)

Dr Valerie Heffernan, Head of German at Maynooth University and Vice-Chair for the evaluation of MSCA Individual Fellowships

To download the draft Programme click: http://irishhumanities.com/assets/Draft-Programme-Excellent-Science-in-the-Humanities-Event.pdf

Organised by the Irish Humanities Alliance, Irish Universities Association and Royal Irish Academy and sponsored by the Irish Research Council

Webinar for ITN Proposal Writing

In advance of the 2015 deadline for MSCA Innovative Training Networks (13th January 2015), the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office are offering a webinar to assist researchers with writing an ITN proposal. The webinar is hosted by Dr. Jennifer Brennan, NCP for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and is viewable below:


Documents to Download:

  1. ITN-NCP-webstreaming how to submit
  2. ITN Call 2015 Webinar Slides
  3. ITN Suggested Management Structure
  4. ITN 2015 Webinar Q&A Report
  5. ITN 2015 – Research Policy Brief
  6. ESR Analysis 2014 ITN Call3

Training Webinar on Marie Skłodowska-Curie IF Call 2014

In advance of the 2014 deadline for Individual Fellowships (11th September 2014), the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office are offering a webinar to assist researchers with writing an IF proposal.

The webinar is hosted by Dr. Jennifer Brennan, European Advisor for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

Download the webinar supporting documents:


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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Training Webinar on Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE Call 2014

In advance of the 2014 deadline for Research & Innovation Staff Exchange (24th April 2014), the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office offered a webinar to assist researchers with writing a RISE proposal. The webinar was hosted by Dr. Jennifer Brennan, European Advisor for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and took place on March 6th

RISE Call 2014_2015 – for download

RISE 2014_2015 Webinar Q&A Report

Training Webinar on Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Call 2014

In advance of the 2014 deadline for Innovative Training Networks (9th April 2014), the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office  offered a webinar to assist researchers with writing an ITN proposal.

The webinar was hosted by Dr. Jennifer Brennan, European Advisor for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and took place at 12:00 on February 14th. 

ITN 2014_2015 Webinar Q&A Report

ITN Call 2014_2015 Webinar

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Information Event

Date and Time: 23 January 2014, 10:30 – 15:00
Venue:  Ramada Plaza Belfast, Madrona Suite, 117 Miltown Road, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast, BT8 7XP

Download the Event Documents:

Registration: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marie-skodowska-curie-actions-information-event-tickets-10045058039

Focus: The focus of this event is to inform researchers about the opportunities available to them via the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme(1)).  The emphasis is on cross-border collaborations between researchers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  This event will feature a number of case studies from researchers from academia and industry, North and South, who have worked together via the Actions. The event will ensure guests leave the session with a solid understanding of the Actions and what is involved for those who participate.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Alan Craig, Head of Team, European Commission Research Executive Agency.

About the MSCA:  The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are a European Commission Funding Programme which supports researchers at all stages of their careers, across all research disciplines and in all employment sectors. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions ensure excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career development and knowledge-exchange opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility of researchers, to better prepare them for current and future societal challenges. They also aim to reinforce cooperation between industry and academia in terms of research training, career development and knowledge transfer. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are a key part of Horizon 2020, the successor to the 7th Framework Programme, which will run from 2014 until 2020.  Whether you are an Individual Researcher looking for a fellowship, a Principal Investigator seeking to build a European research network, or any organisation looking to develop their research capacity, there is a Marie Curie Action for you.

 About the organisers:  This event is being organised by the Horizon 2020 Northern Ireland Contact Point based at Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office at the Irish Universities Association, and is kindly sponsored by InterTradeIreland.

[1] Horizon 2020: The Framework Programme for Research & Innovation. © European Union 2013.

Webinar on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Following the launch of the first MSCA Calls of Horizon 2020, the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office are offering a webinar to introduce the new programme.  The webinar was hosted by Dr. Jennifer Brennan, European Advisor for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions on December 18th. For those unable to participate at this time, the webinar is available below.

A Q&A document is also available: MSCA 2014 Webinar Q&A Report




Horizon 2020 is coming to Ireland!

Join us on Tuesday 10th December 2013 for the launch of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s new €70 billion programme for research and innovation to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

Hosted by Enterprise Ireland, the event will take place from 10am until 1pm in the Convention Centre, Dublin 1.

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Sean Sherlock T.D. Minister for Research & Innovation will outline the opportunities Horizon 2020 offers industry and researchers in Ireland.

Minister Sherlock will launch the IUA publication
Horizon 2020: Sustaining Excellence in University Research & Innovation.

Use this opportunity to meet and exchange contact details with Ireland’s European Advisors, your first point of contact when accessing Horizon 2020. Find out how you can participate in this European programme to deliver excellent science, competitive industry and a better society for Ireland.

Read the programme for the launch and register today at




Marie Curie Actions & EURAXESS Seminar

Thursday, 14th November, 2o13. 10.00 – 1.00pm, DCU Ryan Academy, Citywest, Dublin

Hosted by the Industry Research & Development Group (IRDG) this event will inform companies about the Marie Curie Actions and the new EURAXESS Business Interface.

Marie Curie Actions, which is funded by the European Commission as part of Horizon 2020, is a set of 4 funding programmes aimed at developing and training Research and Innovation staff across both the industry and research community in Europe.

• You can get top class researchers funded by the EU to work in your company on R&D projects whilst collaborating with other EU partners.
• You can get funding to enable you to exchange your Research and Innovation staff with other European companies and institutes.
• You can get individual researchers paid by the EU to conduct R&D in your company.

EURAXESS: Do you want to know of the funding opportunities available to your company to support your Research, Development and Innovation, within Ireland and Europe?

The new EURAXESS Business Interface is a growing resource that will tell you exactly what is available not only in your area but right across Europe. It also contains a large database of candidates seeking employment in areas of Research and Innovation, and facilitates companies to advertise their vacancies, and bring researchers to Ireland through a fast-track Immigration programme.

This event will feature a number of case studies from industry (large and SME companies) who have been involved in Marie Curie Actions and have used the EURAXESS resource to their advantage.

This will ensure guests leave the session with a solid understanding of the two initiatives and an equally strong sense of what is involved for companies who participate.

To register for this event go to http://www.irdg.ie/marie-curie-actions-euraxess/#!

Webinar: Marie Curie Individual Fellowships Call 2013 – 3:00 PM July 16th

In advance of the deadline for the Individual Fellowships Call, the Irish Marie Curie Office, operated by the Irish Universities Association and the Irish Research Council, would like to offer this webinar training/information session about the Call.

It consists of a 60 min presentation, followed by a short Q&A session. The session is delivered by Dr Jennifer Brennan, Marie Curie National Contact Point.  It incorporates proposal writing advice from two researchers who have evaluated these proposals in recent Calls, and from the PeopleNetworkPlus Network of Marie Curie NCPs http://www.peoplenetworkplus.eu/.

2013 IxF Call 2013 – PDF of Webinar Presentation

Marie Curie Career Integration Grants Webinar

In advance of the first evaluation deadline for CIG on 7th March 2013, the Irish Marie Curie Office at the Irish Universities Association would like to offer the webinar below as a training/information session about the Call.

CIG webinar Q&A 13 Feb 2013

CIG 2013 – Webinar PPt Presentation


The webinar consists of a 40 min presentation, with the opportunity to post questions during and after the webinar. The session is delivered by Dr. Jennifer Brennan, Marie Curie National Contact Point.

Please send an email to mariecurie@iua.ie

Dec 7th – Marie Curie IAPP 2013 Webinar

Marie Curie IAPP 2013 Webinar

In advance of the Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships & Pathways Call deadline on 16th January 2013, the Irish Marie Curie office will deliver a training webinar to assist those writing proposals.

To view the webinar below in full screen hover over the video and click on the full screen button on the bottom right hand side corner of the video screen.


IAPP 2013 – Webinar Slides13.12.12

IAPP 2013 – webinar Q&A Doc 7 Dec 2012

Marie Curie ITN 2013 Webinar

Marie Curie ITN 2013 Webinar

In advance of the Marie Curie Initial Training Networks Call deadline on 22nd November 2012, the Irish Marie Curie office will deliver a training webinar to assist those writing proposals.

The webinar was broadcast at 10am on Wednesday 31st October.


Click ITN 2013 – Webinar Presentation Slides for a pdf of the presentation slides

Click ITN webinar Q&A_Doc 31Oct2012 for a pdf of a Questions and Answers document

Access Key to European R&D Funding for Enterprise: The Marie Curie Actions

IUA and IBEC cordially invite you to an Information Session:

Friday, 19th October 2012 @ 10:30 to 12:30

European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

On Friday 19th October last, the Irish Universities Association and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation hosted an information session the Marie Curie Actions (MCA).  The event was extremely well-attended by close to 70 representatives from enterprise large and small, who heard how the MCA provides an excellent opportunity for commercial organisations to source funding to support their research interests and activities, and how it can  be an excellent entry point for commercial organisations to access the wide range of European R&D funding suitable for them.  The session featured testimonials from enterprise small and large successful in securing R&D funding from the Marie Curie Actions, including Alcatel-Lucent and EirGen Pharma.

The programme for the event and all of the presentations delivered by the speakers are available below. Click here for Speaker Biographies.

11:00 – 11:05
Welcome – Tony Donohoe – IBEC

11:05 – 11:15
Marie Curie Actions  – Opportunties for Enterprise
Presentation: Jennifer Brennan – Irish Marie Curie Office Presentation 19th Oct 2012

11:15 – 11:30
AlaPartnering with Queen’s University Belfast – European Industrial Doctorates
Presentation: Alan Leddy – Bells Labs Ireland Presentation 19th Oct 2012

11:30 – 11:45
Industry-Academic Partnerships – the small enterprise perspective
Presentation: Sermin Onenc – DOMMRS Presentation 19th Oct 2012

11:45 – 12:00
Industry-Academic Partnerships – linking an institute of technology to the UK and Ireland Pharmachem sector
Presentation: Marc Kelly – EirGen Pharma Presentation 19th Oct 2012
Presentation: Niall O’Reilly – WIT Presentation 19th Oct 2012

12:00 – 12:20      Panel Discussion
Chair: Conor O’Carroll – Irish Universities Association

12:20 – 12:30
ELEVATE – New International Enterprise Fellowships
Presentation: Gemma Irvine – Irish Research Council Presentation 19th Oct 2012

For more information on the Marie Curie Actions, please link here.