Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postdoctoral) 2017



Thinking about applying?

Please note that, for reasons of transparency and fairness for all applicants, the Council will not enter into email, written or telephone correspondence with any individual applicant about the assessment process or their eligibility to apply.

Applicants should review all available documentation on our website, in particular the Terms and Conditions, in order to answer any queries they may have.

If you do not find the answer to your query in the available documentation, you should contact the Research Office (i.e. the office of the Vice-President/Dean of Research/Head of Development, as applicable) in your proposed institution. The Research Office will be able to provide information and clarification on the call. Research Offices may send any queries they are unable to clarify to schemes@research.ie with the subject ‘Enterprise Partnership Scheme 2017 FAQ’. A set of FAQs will then be posted on this webpage below. All queries must be submitted through this FAQ process.

Description of the Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postdoctoral)

The aim of the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship is to encourage links with an Enterprise Partner to award co-funded two-year fellowships to highly promising researchers in Ireland. By working closely with an Enterprise Partner, researchers benefit from an enhanced research experience as well as having the opportunity to learn key transferable skills relevant to career/professional development. Fellows will hold an Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship.

What is an Enterprise Partner?

An eligible Enterprise Partner on this Programme is a business, a company, a registered charity, a social, cultural or not-for-profit civic organisation, a semi-state commercial organisation or eligible public body. Eligible Public Body shall mean: a public service body with specific scientific or cultural infrastructure that is integral to the conduct and completion of the proposed research. If a public body or HEI is a research performing organisation eligible to apply independently for IRC schemes, it is not eligible to be funded as an employment partner under this scheme.

***If you are a company representative who is interested in receiving funding to work with a talented Researcher: register your interest here ***

Application process

Please see the application flowchart document to the right for a diagram of the application and assessment process. Applications (including Academic Mentor, Enterprise Mentor and Referee Forms) will only be accepted through the online application system. As an aid to preparing an application, an indicative Word document version of the application form is also provided. Indicative Academic Mentor, Enterprise Mentor and Referee forms are also provided. These forms are for information purposes: all applicants (and Academic Mentors, Enterprise Mentors and Referees) must register and submit their applications through the online application system according to the deadlines listed below.

Call openMarch 2017
FAQ Deadline16:00 (Irish Time) 9 May 2017
Applicant Deadline16:00 (Irish Time) 8 June 2017
Supervisor, Enterprise Mentor and Referee Deadline16:00 (Irish Time) 15 June 2017
Research Office Endorsement Deadline16:00 (Irish Time) 22 June 2017
Outcome of SchemeSeptember 2017
Scholarship Start Date1 January 2018