Starting Investigator Research Grant Programme - Maynooth University

Monday, February 12, 2018

Starting Investigator Research Grant Programme

Maynooth University (MU), Ireland is seeking highly competitive candidates with a view to submitting applications to the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) 2018 Programme.
This programme aims to support excellent postdoctoral researchers to move towards establishing a fully independent research career. We welcome applications from all Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics disciplines that underpin SFI’s legal remit.
If successful, the award will provide salary for the applicant, funding for a postgraduate student on the project as well as equipment, consumables and travel to a maximum value of €425,000 over 4 years. The applicant must identify a suitable Maynooth University faculty member as a mentor.

A summary of the eligibility requirements for the SIRG programme and general information is provided below:

SIRG 2018
At least 3 years, but not more than 8 years, post PhD award (allowances will be made for documented leave)

Faculty/ Independent Research position:
Candidate must not hold or have held a faculty or independent research position (permanent or fixed term). Exception: temporary short-term contracts of less than 12 months in duration will not affect eligibility

Publication requirement:
Senior author on at least 3 international peer-reviewed primary publications (review articles do not count as senior author publications)

4 years

Maximum €425,000 direct costs

Funding requirement:
Candidate must not hold or have held a significant, independent internationally peer reviewed research award of greater than one-year duration/in excess of €100,000.
Personal awards of greater than one-year duration are permissible e.g. fellowships, value must not be greater than €100,000 per annum

Mentor is obligatory.

Research Area:
Proposed research must align to SFI’s legal remit.

MU Research Development Office is now inviting Expressions of Interest to participate in the competitive evaluation and selection process to identify suitable MU applicants for the SIRG 2018 Programme.
The initial application includes the preparation of a two page Research Description and Applicant CV.

Interested eligible candidates should apply by e-mail to: before 13:00pm on Monday 12th February 2018.

To apply, please submit the following documents as a single PDF:
1. Expressions of Interest comprising general information, title and summary of intended research plan (maximum 2 pages including references) – please use attached template provided
2. CV – 5 pages maximum – please use the attached template provided
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