Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe (CAROLINE) 2018


The Call 2 (2018) is now closed.

The Irish Research Council Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme entitled CAROLINE – ‘Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe’ will provide experienced researchers* with an opportunity to obtain a prestigious research mobility and career development fellowship. Successful candidates will carry out research either in Ireland or abroad and will gain inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary exposure through this programme.


CAROLINE will attract experienced researchers from any discipline to conduct research relevant to the themes of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for shared economic prosperity, social development, and environmental protection. The 17 goals within Agenda 2030 are relevant for researchers across all academic disciplines and will be of interest to researchers with diverse career objectives in mind, including those within academia, civic society, and industry.

A key feature of the programme is collaboration between the academic sector, non-governmental organisations and international organisations. The scope of potential organisations for inter-sectoral collaboration in terms of their mission is intended to be broad, and will speak to one or more of the goals under Agenda 2030. Potential partner organisations are not limited to ‘development-orientated’ NGOs or those working in support of developing countries.

The Council held a webinar on Thursday 14 September 2017 which is available to view above.

FAQ deadline16:00 (GMT) 28 September 2017
Applicant deadline16:00 (GMT) 12 October 2017
Referee, academic mentor, referee, secondment mentor and placement mentor deadline16:00 (GMT) 19 October 2017
Research office endorsement deadline16:00 (GMT) 26 October 2017
“Time of recruitment”15 February 2018
Scheme outcomeEnd of February 2018
Deadline for submission of agreements between home host organisations and main partner organisations to the Council30 April 2018
Fellowship start date1 June 2018

*For the purpose of the scheme, ‘experienced researchers’ are defined as those who are in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 713279.