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Dr Gemma Irvine. TWO COUNCILS BECOME ONE The mission of the Irish Research Council is to enable and sustain a vibrant and creative research community.

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1 Dr Gemma Irvine

2 TWO COUNCILS BECOME ONE The mission of the Irish Research Council is to enable and sustain a vibrant and creative research community in Ireland

3 OVERVIEW OF MANDATE Investing in people: ‘ … one central funding body for supporting individual researchers at all stages of their career development, with a particular focus on early career development’ ‘…embedding structure and transferable employment skills in our graduates’ experiences…..incl. facilitating employer collaboration Investing in Ideas ….cover the full range of disciplines ….encourage independent exploratory research ….build on the synergies between disciplines Policy advisory role - postgraduate education and research

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5 SCHEMES 2013 Postgraduate Scholarships Government of Ireland Deadline March 2013 Enterprise Partnership Scheme Andrew Grene Scholarship Employment ProgrammeTBC Postdoctoral Fellowships Government of Ireland Deadline March 2013 Enterprise Partnership Elevate Marie Curie International Mobility Fellowship PI led Schemes (AHSS only) Government of Ireland Research Projects Grants SchemeTBC Research Development InitiativeTBC Other UlyssesTBC New FoundationsTBC

6 INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES NORFACE ERA-NET

7 Enterprise Partnership Scheme Employment-based Postgraduate Programme Elevate Postdoctoral Programme Masters, PhD, PostdocMasters, PhDPostdoc Irish Research Council, 66% € Enterprise Partner, 33 € IRC €16,000 & fees Employment Partner top-up to min €24,000 European Commission, 40% € Irish Research Council, 30% € Enterprise Partner, 30% € Researcher based in Irish HEI with placement opportunity in Company Researcher employed by Company with placement in Irish HEI Researcher 2 years abroad in HEI or Company and 1 year in Irish HEI Company based anywhereCompany based in IrelandCompany based anywhere ENTERPRISE-ACADEMIA-SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT

8  Encouraging international and inter-sectoral mobility of postdoctoral researchers  Facilitate research collaboration, knowledge transfer and networking between Irish based Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and international host (e.g. HEI or business, company, social or cultural, not- for-profit, governmental or non-governmental organisation).  Project is agreed between HEI and international host and IP agreement signed at start  Open to SMEs and multinationals  ELEVATE POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAMME

9  International Career Development Fellowship – cofounded by Marie Cure Actions (ELEVATE Fellowship), 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards  Years 1 & 2: based in international host  Year 3: based in Irish HEI maintaining link to international host  2 Calls – 1st Call closing early 2013: 20 awards covering all disciplines (10 non-academic awards). – 2 nd Call closing early 2014: 25 awards covering all disciplines (15 non-academic awards).  ELEVATE POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAMME

10  If international host is HEI: If international host is non-HEI: 40% EU Commission funding 40% EU Commission funding 60% IRC funding 30% IRC funding 30% Host Partner funding  3 year Postdoctoral Fellowship Total Cost of Award, circa €87,747 per annum x 3 = €263,241 Includes per annum circa: €45k salary, PRSI, pension, €11k mobility/travel allowance, €9k contribution to research costs) Cost to enterprise, circa €26,324 per annum x3 = €78,972. Quarterly or annual invoices paid to the Irish Research Council in advance  Postdoctoral Researcher is an employee of the Irish HEI for the duration of the award  ELEVATE FINANCE

11  Eligible host organisations are research teams in HEIs or research locations that can demonstrate a sufficiently high international research reputation: national research institutions well-founded enterprise research facilities social, cultural and non-government organisations (e.g. library, archive, museum, institute with a scientific, cultural, social or economic interest in the proposed project)  Capacity to provide professional guidance and mentoring to the individual researcher  Access to experimental facilities or data  If non-HEI, a commitment to co-fund at 30% for the duration of the award  HOST COMMITMENT

12 To be eligible, the applicant must:  Be an experienced researcher of any nationality (e.g. hold a PhD or have 4 years full-time equivalent research experience)  Be a resident of an EU or Associated Country, who is currently living in Ireland, but does not have to be an Irish citizen.  Have been an ER for no more than 5 years (career breaks of up to 5 years are taken into account).  Have spent no more than 40% of his/her time during their ER career period carrying out research outside Ireland  RESEARCHER

13 Value for CompaniesBenefits for Researchers Access to exceptionally talented pre-assessed researchers & potential future employees Mentoring from Enterprise Experts Build research networks and collaborations with Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology Enhanced Employability Low level of bureaucracy – Streamlined process from application to award Transferable skills Maximise potential for innovation – People and Ideas Exposure to commercially orientated research environment

14 POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS One call at start of year (further EPS call later in year) All disciplines Who eligible to apply (non-EU) One start date – Oct 2013 (apart from EPS) Duration (1 or 2 yr Masters; 3 or 4 yr PhD) Structured PhD endorsement Value of Award (Stipend €16k; Fees <€5,750) Scoring (Project 50%, Applicant 30%, Environment 20%)

15 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS One call at start of year (further EPS call later in year) All disciplines Who eligible to apply (< 5 yrs) One start date – Oct 2013 (apart from EPS) Duration (1 or 2 yr Fellowship) Value of Award (€31,275 + PRSI + Pension) Scoring (Project 50%, Applicant 30%, Environment 20%)

16  New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation partnership of 15 Social Sciences Research Councils*  Welfare State Futures, a programme of innovative research designed to ask, and answer, fundamental questions about the design, delivery and experience of welfare in the 21st century  Proposals invited from consortiums of researchers from at least three different eligible countries.  Projects with duration of up to three years with a budget of up to €1.5m are invited  PIs in Ireland must be full-time members of the academic staff, either permanent or on temporary contracts of sufficient duration to cover the period of the proposed project  DEADLINE 16 th APRIL 2013  * Austria, Denmark, Estonia Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.  NORFACE – WELFARE STATES FUTURES PROGRAMME NORFACE ERA-NET

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