The DOROTHY COFUND programme will close its second call for applications on 21 June 2023


DOROTHY COFUND Programme Website

DOROTHY (DevelOp interdisciplinaRy apprOaches to healTH crisis collaborativelY) is a postdoctoral research programme that is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). The Irish Research Council (IRC) in partnership with the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have come together to create this new interdisciplinary fellowship programme on the topic of public health crises and their legacies. The complementary expertise of the three agencies – namely funding excellence in pan-disciplinary research (IRC), health perspectives (HRB) and environmental policies (EPA) – is key to DOROTHY’s scope and ambitions. As the lead agency, the IRC will manage the programme, supported by two other co-funding agencies.
Over two calls for applications, 25 fellows will be recruited through 36-month fellowships with all nationalities welcome, including all researchers based in Ireland.

Scope and Focus

Public health crises are too complex to be tackled in silos. Responding to the need to equip European societies with experts who are specially trained to address these challenges in a cooperative fashion, we have designed DOROTHY COFUND to recruit, train and launch the careers of 25 excellent fellows through 36-month fellowships.
DOROTHY supports individual research projects proposed by the fellows. Fellowships will have an international outgoing phase of 18 months, hosted by a Higher Education Institution outside Ireland, followed by a return phase to Ireland of 18 months. Fellows will be encouraged to include a non-academic secondment. Two recruitment calls will be run. The programme will assist fellows in accelerating their careers through excellent training and networking opportunities in the Irish and EU innovation ecosystem.

DOROTHY is open to applicants from all nationalities, provided they have not resided in the outgoing phase country for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline. DOROTHY is open to all disciplines, provided that their research topic relates to public health crises. Applicants must be an Experienced Researcher (ER). The definition of ER in the H2020 MSCA programme will be applied: ERs must, at the call deadline, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. See the Guide for Applicants for more guidance on eligibility.

Researchers at risk are encouraged to apply for DOROTHY COFUND.

Application Process
Submissions will be via the SmartSimple submission portal. Applications should be completed in English and include the applicant’s details, project description, ethics self-assessment form, applicant CV, IRC privacy notice.

Please see below for a webinar and trailer with information for Call 2.

Key Dates 

Call Open1 March 2023
Deadline for applications4pm (Irish Time) 21 June 2023
Supervisor endorsement deadline4pm (Irish Time) 28 June 2023
Research office endorsement/verification deadline4pm (Irish Time) 5 July 2023
InterviewsQ4 2023, TBC
OutcomeQ4 2023 TBC

Further Information
Visit the official DOROTHY website for additional information on the call. Further information is available in the call specification documentation in the right hand bar.



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