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


NEW:  Project postcards offer a snapshot of CAROLINE projects, showcasing the interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral, and international scope of currently funded fellowships. Watch the themed slideshows below to see at a glance how CAROLINE postdoctoral researchers are contributing to meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Further details about each project can be found under Featured Researcher Profiles.






***The programme will not accept new funding applications***


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

CAROLINE funds 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 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 organisations for inter-sectoral collaboration in terms of their mission is intentionally broad and speaks to one or more of the goals under Agenda 2030. Partner organisations are not limited to ‘development-orientated’ NGOs or those working in support of developing countries.


The Irish Research Council has funded 19 projects in 2017, 20 projects in 2018 and 10 in 2019 under this scheme. Fellows conduct research at Irish higher education institutes while partnering with a range of public and private organisations.

Lists of awardees and their projects and selected research presentations are available to download on the right of this page.

Terms and Conditions (in English and as Gaeilge) for the final call are also available to download.

*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.

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