Advanced Laureate Awards Programme


Programme at a glance

The Advanced Laureate Awards are for established, leading principal investigators who want funding to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk research.

Eligibility and suitability

  • Applications can be made in any field of research.
  • Applicants must have over 15 years of experience since completion of their PhD.
  • Applications must be submitted by a single principal investigator with the support of a host institution. The principal investigator does not necessarily need to be working at the host institution at the time when the proposal is submitted. However, a mutual agreement and the host institution’s commitment on how the relationship will be established are necessary, should the proposal be successful.

What we offer

Award typeDuration*ValueAward start dateDiscipline coverageLocation
Advanced Laureate AwardUp to 4 yearsMaximum of €1,000,000 (inclusive of 25% overhead)Awards must commence by 9 September 2019ALL disciplinesIrish higher education institution or research-performing organisation (see footnote 4)

How to apply

  • Contact the research office of your prospective host institution.
  • Read the call documents carefully.
  • Familiarise yourself with our submission system and register (see the Guide for Applicants for assistance).
  • Applicants must submit an expression of interest form by 4pm (Irish time) on 20 June 2018.
  • Following this, a full proposal should be submitted via our online submission system by 4pm (Irish time) on 12 July 2018.

Evaluation process

For the Laureate Awards programme, we are adopting a two-stage evaluation process. All applications to the programme will be evaluated by remote peer reviewers at Stage 1. Top-ranked proposals will be shortlisted to Stage 2 where a panel will evaluate their proposal supported by remote peer reviewers. Three panels will convene, each representing one of the three domains:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)
  • Life Sciences (LS)
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering (PE)

Proposals are evaluated on the basis of excellence as the sole criterion. It will be applied to the evaluation of both the research project and the principal investigator in conjunction.

Key dates

Call opening14 May 2018
FAQs open14 May 2018
Expression of interest deadline4pm (Irish time) 20 June 2018
FAQ deadline5 July 2018
Applicant deadline4pm (Irish time) 12 July 2018
Outcome of stage 1 assessmentDecember 2018
Outcome of stage 2 assessmentMarch 2019
Outcome of selection processMarch 2019
Award commencement dateBy 9 September 2019

* The maximum award is reduced pro rata temporis for projects of a shorter duration.

If you do not find the answer to your query in the call documentation, you should contact the research office in your proposed institution which will provide information and clarification on the call. Research offices can send any queries they are unable to clarify to

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