Investing in People and Ideas
Gemma Irvine & Fiona Davis
UL 26th Feb 2013
Two Councils become one
The mission of the Irish Research Council is to enable and
sustain a vibrant and creative research community in Ireland
Council Members
Prof Orla Feely (Chair) UCD
Prof John Brewer, University of Aberdeen
Professor Thomas M Cooney, DIT
Dr Ivan Coulter, Sigmoid Pharma Ltd
Prof Caroline Fennell, UCC
Prof James Gleeson, UL
Prof Sheila Greene, TCD
Prof Anita R Maguire, UCC
Prof Rowena Pecchenino, NUI Maynooth
Prof Sean Ryder, NUI, Galway
Prof Alan F Smeaton, DCU
Dr Eucharia Meehan (Director, IRC)
Executive Staff
Dr Eucharia Meehan, Director
Dr Gemma Irvine, Assistant Director
Fiona Davis, Programme Manager
Sorcha Carthy, European Projects Officer
Dr Ruth-Blandina Quinn, European Projects
Officer
Liz McFeely, Research Support
Margaret Egan, Research Support
IRC SCHEMES 2013
Government of Ireland
Postgraduate
Scholarships
Enterprise Partnership Scheme
Andrew Grene Scholarship
Employment Programme
Government
of Ireland
Government ofPartnership
Ireland
Postgrad Enterprise
Scheme
Postdoctoral Enterprise Partnership
Andrew Grene Scholarship
Fellowships
Elevate Marie Curie International Mobility
Fellowship
PI led
Schemes
(AHSS only)
Other
Deadline
March
2013
th
12TBC
March
Deadline
2013
March
2013
Government of Ireland Research Projects
Grants Scheme
TBC
Research Development Initiative
TBC
Ulysses
TBC
New Foundations
TBC
Postgraduate Scholarships
Government of Ireland Scholarship
12th
Enterprise Partnership Scheme Scholarship March
2013
Andrew Grene Scholarship
Conflict Resolution Unit
Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Andrew Grene Scholarship in Conflict
Resolution 2013
1. Women, peace and security;
2. Mediation;
3. Conflict prevention;
Supporting statement that demonstrates
the appropriateness of project to the DFA
themes
Postgraduate Scholarships
All Disciplines & types of research
Value of Award (Stipend €16k; Fees <€5,750 if
not met by other source)
Eligible direct research expenses <€2,250pa
Full-time scholarships held at a recognised Irish
HEI (does not include Northern Ireland)
Structured Degrees
Postgrad Eligibility
Anyone (EU & non-EU*)
EU applicants are defined as ordinarily resident
within a Member State of the EU/Ireland.
With 1st or upper 2nd class honours primary
degree (or equivalent);
Has not previously held or holding IRC award
Is not a permanent member of staff*
Two attempts only
Duration of Scholarship
Degree type
Duration of
full degree
Date of first registration
Indicative duration of funding
to be given
Research Masters
Degree
12 months
October 2013
ONE Year
Structured
Research Masters
Degree
24 months
Traditional
Doctoral Degree
36 months
Registrations prior to October 2013 are ineligible.
Applications to pursue taught degrees or degrees where a
thesis/accumulated papers are valued at 60% or less of the
final mark of the degree are not eligible.
October 2013
TWO Years
October 2012*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2012 are ineligible
October 2013
THREE Years
October 2012*
TWO Years
October 2011*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2011 are ineligible.
Structured
Doctoral Degree
48 months
October 2013
FOUR Years
October 2012*
THREE Years
October 2011*
TWO Years
October 2010*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to 2010 are ineligible.
Research Masters =
12 months
Duration of Scholarship
Degree type
Duration of
full degree
Date of first registration
Indicative duration of funding
to be given
Research Masters
Degree
12 months
October 2013
ONE Year
Structured
Research Masters
Degree
24 months
Traditional
Doctoral Degree
36 months
Registrations prior to October 2013 are ineligible.
Applications to pursue taught degrees or degrees where a
thesis/accumulated papers are valued at 60% or less of the
final mark of the degree are not eligible.
October 2013
TWO Years
October 2012*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2012 are ineligible
October 2013
THREE Years
October 2012*
TWO Years
October 2011*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2011 are ineligible.
Structured
Doctoral Degree
48 months
October 2013
FOUR Years
October 2012*
THREE Years
October 2011*
TWO Years
October 2010*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to 2010 are ineligible.
Structured
Research Masters =
24 months
Duration of Scholarship
Degree type
Duration of
full degree
Date of first registration
Indicative duration of funding
to be given
Research Masters
Degree
12 months
October 2013
ONE Year
Structured
Research Masters
Degree
24 months
Traditional
Doctoral Degree
36 months
Registrations prior to October 2013 are ineligible.
Applications to pursue taught degrees or degrees where a
thesis/accumulated papers are valued at 60% or less of the
final mark of the degree are not eligible.
October 2013
TWO Years
October 2012*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2012 are ineligible
October 2013
THREE Years
October 2012*
TWO Years
October 2011*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2011 are ineligible.
Structured
Doctoral Degree
48 months
October 2013
FOUR Years
October 2012*
THREE Years
October 2011*
TWO Years
October 2010*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to 2010 are ineligible.
Traditional Doctoral
Degree =
36 months
Duration of Scholarship
Degree type
Duration of
full degree
Date of first registration
Indicative duration of funding
to be given
Research Masters
Degree
12 months
October 2013
ONE Year
Structured
Research Masters
Degree
24 months
Traditional
Doctoral Degree
36 months
Registrations prior to October 2013 are ineligible.
Applications to pursue taught degrees or degrees where a
thesis/accumulated papers are valued at 60% or less of the
final mark of the degree are not eligible.
October 2013
TWO Years
October 2012*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2012 are ineligible
October 2013
THREE Years
October 2012*
TWO Years
October 2011*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2011 are ineligible.
Structured
Doctoral Degree
48 months
October 2013
FOUR Years
October 2012*
THREE Years
October 2011*
TWO Years
October 2010*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to 2010 are ineligible.
Structured Doctoral
Degree* =
48 months
New Start OR
already registered & part-completed?
Degree type
Duration of
full degree
Date of first registration
Indicative duration of funding
to be given
Research Masters
Degree
12 months
October 2013
ONE Year
Structured
Research Masters
Degree
24 months
Traditional
Doctoral Degree
36 months
Registrations prior to October 2013 are ineligible.
Applications to pursue taught degrees or degrees where a
thesis/accumulated papers are valued at 60% or less of the
final mark of the degree are not eligible.
October 2013
TWO Years
October 2012*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2012 are ineligible
October 2013
THREE Years
October 2012*
TWO Years
October 2011*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2011 are ineligible.
Structured
Doctoral Degree
48 months
October 2013
FOUR Years
October 2012*
THREE Years
October 2011*
TWO Years
October 2010*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to 2010 are ineligible.
October 2013 =
New Start
New Start OR
already registered & part-completed?
Degree type
Duration of
full degree
Date of first registration
Indicative duration of funding
to be given
Research Masters
Degree
12 months
October 2013
ONE Year
Structured
Research Masters
Degree
24 months
Traditional
Doctoral Degree
36 months
Registrations prior to October 2013 are ineligible.
Applications to pursue taught degrees or degrees where a
thesis/accumulated papers are valued at 60% or less of the
final mark of the degree are not eligible.
October 2013
TWO Years
October 2012*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2012 are ineligible
October 2013
THREE Years
October 2012*
TWO Years
October 2011*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2011 are ineligible.
Structured
Doctoral Degree
48 months
October 2013
FOUR Years
October 2012*
THREE Years
October 2011*
TWO Years
October 2010*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to 2010 are ineligible.
Prior to October 2013 =
Already registered &
completed part of Degree
How much funding can I get?
Degree type
Duration of
full degree
Date of first registration
Indicative duration of funding
to be given
Research Masters
Degree
12 months
October 2013
ONE Year
Structured
Research Masters
Degree
24 months
Traditional
Doctoral Degree
36 months
Registrations prior to October 2013 are ineligible.
Applications to pursue taught degrees or degrees where a
thesis/accumulated papers are valued at 60% or less of the
final mark of the degree are not eligible.
October 2013
TWO Years
October 2012*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2012 are ineligible
October 2013
THREE Years
October 2012*
TWO Years
October 2011*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2011 are ineligible.
Structured
Doctoral Degree
48 months
October 2013
FOUR Years
October 2012*
THREE Years
October 2011*
TWO Years
October 2010*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to 2010 are ineligible.
How much funding can I get?
Degree type
Duration of
full degree
Date of first registration
Indicative duration of funding
to be given
Research Masters
Degree
12 months
October 2013
ONE Year
Structured
Research Masters
Degree
24 months
Traditional
Doctoral Degree
36 months
Registrations prior to October 2013 are ineligible.
Applications to pursue taught degrees or degrees where a
thesis/accumulated papers are valued at 60% or less of the
final mark of the degree are not eligible.
October 2013
TWO Years
October 2012*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2012 are ineligible
October 2013
THREE Years
October 2012*
TWO Years
October 2011*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to October 2011 are ineligible.
Structured
Doctoral Degree
48 months
October 2013
FOUR Years
October 2012*
THREE Years
October 2011*
TWO Years
October 2010*
ONE Year
Registrations prior to 2010 are ineligible.
Preparing an Application
Read the T&C and Guide for Applicants
Talk to Supervisor/Enterprise Partner/Referees
ASAP!!
Talk to Research Office
Ethical approval?
Gender Dimension Statement?
Data management, Protection & Security
Things to think about….
Make a proper plan of action.
Think about your proposed study!
Description of project; methodology; research
plan) is key – it’s worth 50 marks.
Answer all questions (or write n/a where not
applicable). Word counts are maximums not
targets!
Remember first impressions do count!!
Grammar, sqell cheak, proof read.
Things to think about….
Be focused!!
Keep prose simple, declarative and precise in all
sections – do not write in ‘essay mode’.
Use jargon free language.
The IRC Budget is extremely limited & we get
thousands of applications:
 How can you make your application stand out?
 Think about potential outputs/dissemination
International reputational risk particularly for HEI
and supervisor if application is poor
Should not apply just for the sake of it!
FAQs
The FAQs are available on the website.
Queries that are not addressed on the FAQs
list may be sent to [email protected] The
question and answer will then be posted on
the website.
The IRC will not enter into individual
correspondence to ensure transparency and
equity of access to information.
Application Process
The IRC provides full guidance on using the online
system
APPLICANT:
Individual applicant registers online
Sent login details
Fill in application form (English or Irish languages
only)
Provide contact details for other parties
Review your application & submit by 12th March
5pm (GMT)
Application Process
The IRC provides full guidance on using the online
system
SUPERVISOR/ENTERPRISE PARTNER/REFEREES:
Supervisor & Enterprise Partner need to preregister on system (Referees don’t)
All parties sent login email invitation
Fill in specific form
Review & submit by 26th March 5pm (GMT)
Application Process
The IRC provides full guidance on using the online
system
HOST HEI ENDORSEMENT:
Sent notice that application is ready to review
Check all relevant parts
Endorse & submit by 9thth April 5pm (GMT)
No alterations can be made once application is
submitted
Applicant sent confirmation email of endorsement
Evaluation Process
Four-phase approach:
1. Eligibility Check and Adherence to Terms &
Conditions;
2. Remote evaluation by International Assessors,
scoring & ranking;
3. Remote evaluation by International
Assessment Board;
4. Assessment Board meeting, scoring & ranking;
[Project 50%; Applicant 30%; Environment 20%]
Evaluation Process
Focus on funding excellence, originality
and potential
Separate funding streams for AHSS Panel &
STEM Panel & EPS Panel
No subject quotas, no favoured topics nor
disciplines
No bias towards final year PhDs
Both new and repeat applications are
funded
General Assessor Comments….
(why applicants don’t get funded)
Lack of awareness of ethical considerations;
Process – significant and feasible;
Need for clear methodological approaches
Importance of certain skills – pre and post PhD
e.g. languages;
Choice of supervisor & HEI – very important
and generally not treated as such;
Referees should be more to the point (frank)
General Assessor Comments….
(why applicants don’t get funded)
Apparent lack of input from Graduate Studies
Office/Supervisor/Mentor/Department/
Research Advice
Read Terms and Conditions carefully
Read and re-read Evaluation Criteria whilst
completing the application form
Read your completed application before
submitting – proof read at least and ask a
second person to read it for you
Listen to any advice given!
Important
Funding is wholly subject to receipt of funding
by IRC from the Department of Education and
Skills , and the Enterprise Partner if applicable
or the Department of Foreign Affairs, if
applicable.
In the event of such funding being reduced or
discontinued, neither the Department of
Education and Skills, the Enterprise Partner,
the Department of Foreign Affairs nor the IRC
will be under any liability to provide funding or
to compensate a Scholar for any reduction or
cessation of such funding.
Investing in People and Ideas
Gemma Irvine & Fiona Davis
UL 26th Feb 2013
Two Councils become one
The mission of the Irish Research Council is to enable and
sustain a vibrant and creative research community in Ireland
Council Members
Prof Orla Feely (Chair) UCD
Prof John Brewer, University of Aberdeen
Professor Thomas M Cooney, DIT
Dr Ivan Coulter, Sigmoid Pharma Ltd
Prof Caroline Fennell, UCC
Prof James Gleeson, UL
Prof Sheila Greene, TCD
Prof Anita R Maguire, UCC
Prof Rowena Pecchenino, NUI Maynooth
Prof Sean Ryder, NUI, Galway
Prof Alan F Smeaton, DCU
Dr Eucharia Meehan (Director, IRC)
Executive Staff
Dr Eucharia Meehan, Director
Dr Gemma Irvine, Assistant Director
Fiona Davis, Programme Manager
Sorcha Carthy, European Projects Officer
Dr Ruth-Blandina Quinn, European Projects
Officer
Liz McFeely, Research Support
Margaret Egan, Research Support
Postdoctoral Fellowships
Government of Ireland
1 year
2 years
Postdoc
Enterprise Partnership Scheme
Elevate Fellowship
20th
March
2013
GOI & EPS Postdoc Fellowships
All Disciplines & types of research
Value of Award (Salary €31,275k; PRSI & 20%
pension if applicable)
Eligible direct research expenses <€5,000pa
Full-time Fellowships held at a recognised Irish
HEI (does not include Northern Ireland)
Eligibility for GOI & EPS Fellowships
have doctoral degree completed within five year
period before call deadline
have authored or co-authored at least one
published peer-reviewed research publication or
equivalent IP output or samples of written work
Must not
hold/have held a GOI or EPS Postdoctoral
Fellowship before
have been a Postdoc for <5yrs
be a permanent member of staff at a Higher
Education Institution at home or abroad
 Elevate Eligibility
Be an Experienced Researcher (ER) of any
nationality (e.g. hold a PhD or have 4 years fulltime 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
Have spent no more than 40% of his/her
time during their ER career period carrying out
research outside Ireland
 Elevate FINANCE
 If international host is HEI:
40% EU Commission funding
60% IRC funding
If international host is nonHEI:
40% EU Commission funding
30% IRC funding
30% Host Partner funding
3 year Postdoctoral Fellowship
Total award, circa €87,000 per annum (x 3 = c€260k)
Includes all costs of researcher (e.g. salary €65k (incl PRSI,
pension), mobility/travel €11k, research costs €10k, health
insurance)
Cost to non-HEI, circa €26,000 per annum (x3 = c€78k)
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
Preparing an Application
Read the T&C and Guide for Applicants
Talk to Mentor/Enterprise Partner/Referees
ASAP!!
Talk to Research Office
Ethical approval?
Gender Dimension Statement?
Data management, Protection & Security
Things to think about….
Make a proper plan of action.
Think about your proposed study!
Description of project; methodology; research
plan) is key – it’s worth 50 marks.
Answer all questions (or write n/a where not
applicable). Word counts are maximums not
targets!
Remember first impressions do count!!
Grammar, sqell cheak, proof read.
Things to think about….
Be focused!!
Keep prose simple, declarative and precise in all
sections – do not write in ‘essay mode’.
Use jargon free language.
The IRC Budget is extremely limited & we get
thousands of applications:
 How can you make your application stand out?
 Think about potential outputs/dissemination
International reputational risk particularly for HEI
and mentor if application is poor
Should not apply just for the sake of it!
FAQs
The FAQs are available on the website.
Queries that are not addressed on the FAQs
list may be sent to [email protected] The
question and answer will then be posted on
the website.
The IRC will not enter into individual
correspondence to ensure transparency and
equity of access to information.
Application Process
The IRC provides full guidance on using the online
system
APPLICANT:
Individual applicant registers online
Sent login details
Fill in application form (English or Irish languages
only)
Provide contact details for other parties
Review your application & submit by 20th March
5pm (GMT)
Application Process
The IRC provides full guidance on using the online
system
MENTOR/ENTERPRISE PARTNER/REFEREES:
Mentor & Enterprise Partner need to pre-register
on system (Referees don’t)
All parties sent login email invitation
Fill in specific form
Review & submit by 3rd April 5pm (GMT)
Application Process
The IRC provides full guidance on using the online
system
HOST HEI ENDORSEMENT:
Sent notice that application is ready to review
Check all relevant parts
Endorse & submit by 17thth April 5pm (GMT)
No alterations can be made once application is
submitted
Applicant sent confirmation email of endorsement
Evaluation Process
Three-phase approach:
1. Eligibility Check and Adherence to Terms &
Conditions;
2. Remote evaluation by International
Assessment Board, scoring & ranking;
3. Assessment Board meeting, scoring & ranking;
[Project 50%; Applicant 30%; Environment 20%]
Evaluation Process
Focus on funding excellence, originality
and potential
Separate funding streams for GOI AHSS &
GOI STEM & EPS & ELEVATE
No subject quotas, no favoured topics nor
disciplines
Both new and repeat applications are
funded
General Assessor Comments….
(why applicants don’t get funded)
Lack of awareness of ethical considerations;
Process – significant and feasible;
Need for clear methodological approaches
Importance of certain skills – pre and post PhD
e.g. languages;
Choice of mentor & HEI – very important and
generally not treated as such;
Referees should be more to the point (frank)
General Assessor Comments….
(why applicants don’t get funded)
Apparent lack of input from Graduate Studies
Office/Mentor/Department/ Research Advice
Read Terms and Conditions carefully
Read and re-read Evaluation Criteria whilst
completing the application form
Read your completed application before
submitting – proof read at least and ask a
second person to read it for you
Listen to any advice given!
Primary Areas - Panels
Biological Sciences A
Biological Sciences B
Chemistry
Computer Science
Earth/Environmental Science
Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
Study of the Human Past
Cultures and Cultural production
Individuals, Institutions, markets, values,
behaviour the mind and environment
 Elevate Fellowship
 Marie Curie 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
 Years 1 & 2: based in international host (HEI or
enterprise, social or cultural organisation, NGO)
 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).
– 2nd Call closing early 2014: 25 awards
covering all disciplines
(15 non-academic awards).
 Host Commitment
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 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
Value for Companies
Benefits for
Researchers
Access to exceptionally talented preassessed researchers & potential
future employees
Mentoring from
Enterprise Experts
Build research networks and
collaborations with Irish Universities Enhanced Employability
and Institutes of Technology
Low level of bureaucracy –
Streamlined process from
application to award
Transferable skills
Maximise potential for innovation –
People and Ideas
Exposure to nonacademic research
environment
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