The Assistive Technology Passport to Sustainable and Inclusive Development.

Maynooth University and Enable Ireland are seeking candidates to make an application for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Fellowship – which will run over two years, supported by the Irish Research Council.

To qualify for this Fellowship you should have not been in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to recruitment. The overall aim of this funding Call is to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in all countries. Assistive Technology is relevant to the achievement of each of the 17 goals: see

This project would involve working with Co-Supervisors Siobhán Long (National Manager, Assistive Technology and SeatTech Services, Enable Ireland, Dublin) and Mac MacLachlan (Professor of Psychology and Social Inclusion, Maynooth University; and Research & Innovation Coordinator for the World Health Organisation’s Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) programme). This fellowship would build on the success of the 2016 research and consultation exercise which produced the Enable Ireland/Disability Federation of Ireland publication: Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities and Older People (2016) See: Paper final version.pdf

The proposed project would seek to 1) research, create, implement and evaluate a National Assistive Technology Passport, working across sectors; and 2) propose a framework to scale-up the use of the passport in Ireland and to promote its adoption globally.
The successful candidate would be part of a recently established Research Group at Maynooth University (currently with 5 other funded Post-Doctoral Researchers) who are working on assistive technology and social inclusion projects with United Nations agencies, international civil society, governments and universities, globally. We would anticipate the successful candidate undertaking study visits and working closely with the WHO GATE Team in Geneva, and with other appropriate Irish and international partners.
These prestigious and very well remunerated Fellowship are intended to identify and support the development of researchers who will become leading figures in their chosen field. Candidates should have a PhD relevant to the project area, and have published in internationally peer-reviewed journals.
The candidate would be required to develop the submission, with support from Maynooth University and Enable Ireland. The call opens shortly with submission due sometime (yet to be specified) during October 2017. If successful, the Fellowships are intended to start on 1st June 2018.  Further information on the call is available here:

Expressions of interest, with a CV, should be sent to Mac ( and/or Siobhán ( by 30 June.