The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions contain a range of opportunities for researchers at all career stages to either apply for their own individual funding, or to join an existing large-scale programme funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
What research areas are funded?
All areas of research are covered by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, including STEM subjects and the social sciences, humanities and economic sciences.
Opportunities for Research Students
At present, there are no opportunities for students to apply directly to the Commission for individual funding from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Instead, students can look for studentship vacancies in an Innovative Training Network/Doctoral Network or COFUND Doctoral Programme, where they can begin or expand on their research, and gain complementary and transferable skills training to support doctoral or masters’ degree studies. Vacancies for studentships (termed “Early-Stage” or “First-Stage” Researchers) are posted on EURAXESS Jobs.
The Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office is jointly operated by the Irish Universities Association and the Irish Research Council. The IRC offer a number of funding opportunities including IRC Postgraduate Funding schemes.
Opportunities for Experienced Researchers
Researchers holding a PhD can apply for their own Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual funding via the Postdoctoral Fellowships Scheme. There is an annual call for Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Experienced Researchers can also apply for a personal fellowship from one of the over 200 COFUND Fellowship Programmes operating across Europe. These programmes are operated by national funding agencies or research organisations, supported by co-funding from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Open Calls in COFUND schemes are published on EURAXESS Jobs.
Details of COFUND programmes offering fellowships in Ireland are outlined in the table below.
|Programme||Managing Body||Research Areas||Website|
|HUMAN+||TCD||Information sciences, arts and humanities||humanplus.ie|
|TLRH – Visiting Research Fellows||Trinity Long Room Hub||Arts & Humanities||tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/fellowships|
|SPARKLE Fellowship Programme||IPIC Centre, University College Cork||Photonics research spanning materials, devices, integration and systems.||elite-sparkle|
|Career-FIT PLUS fellowship programme||Enterprise Ireland||STEM||https://www.horizon2020.ie/career-fit-plus/|
|INTEGRATE Doctoral programme||NUI Galway||Integrative genomics||integrategenomics.eu|
|Research Leaders 2025||Teagasc||Agricultural Research||teagasc.ie/rl2025|
|CAROLINE||Irish Research Council||All research areas||research.ie/funding/caroline|
|PROCESS: Engineering Solutions for the Process Industry||SSPC, PMTC & DPTC @University of Limerick||Hybrid Processing; Process Modelling, Control & PAT; Bulk Solids; Heat & Momentum Transfer; Mass Transfer Processes||process-cofund.eu|
|Smart 4.0 Fellowship Programme||Confirm Centre, University of Limerick||Smart Manufacturing||https://smart.confirm.ie/|
|ELITE-S Fellowship Programme||ADAPT Centre @ DCU||Regulation and Compliance|
Content Analytics and Content Preservation
Data and Process Management
|EDGE||Amber, ADAPT & Connect Centres @ Trinity College Dublin||ICT||edge-research.eu|
|MedTrain||Cúram Centre @ National University of Ireland Galway||Medical Devices||curamdevices.ie/curam/research/eu-projects/medtrain|
|APEX||APC Microbiome Ireland||Gut microbiota in human health and disease||apc.ucc.ie/apex|
|ALECS||LERO Centre @ University of Limerick||Software||alecs.lero.ie|
|ADMIRE||Trinity College Dublin||Advanced materials science||ambercentre.ie|
|DevelopMed||University College Dublin||Precision oncology||ucd.ie/developmed/|