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 for individual funding from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Instead, students can look for studentship vacancies in an Innovative Training 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.
Opportunities for Experienced Researchers
Experienced Researchers (PhD holders or those with four years of research experience) can apply for their own Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual funding via the Individual Fellowships Scheme. An annual call for Individual Fellowships closes in September each year.
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|
|SPARKLE Fellowship Programme||IPIC Centre, University College Cork||Photonics research spanning materials, devices, integration and systems.||elite-sparkle|
|ELITE-S Fellowship Programme||ADAPT Centre @ DCU||Regulation and Compliance|
Content Analytics and Content Preservation
Data and Process Management
|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|
|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|
|CAROLINE||Irish Research Council||All research areas||research.ie/funding/caroline|
|TLRH – Visiting Research Fellows||Trinity Long Room Hub||Arts & Humanities||tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/fellowships|
|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|
|Research Leaders 2025||Teagasc||Agricultural Research||teagasc.ie/rl2025|
|Career-FIT PLUS fellowship programme||Enterprise Ireland||STEM||https://www.horizon2020.ie/career-fit-plus/|
|Smart 4.0 Fellowship Programme||Confirm Centre, University of Limerick||Smart Manufacturing||http://smart.confirm.ie/|