Join engCORE

If you have a research idea and you would like to engage with the engCORE team to discuss idea development, supervision and funding options please contact the engCORE director or one of the principle investigators on the engCORE team. National and European funding options for Postgraduates, Postdoctoral Fellows and Industrial Partners are outlined below.

  • Postgraduate Research Funding
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding
  • Research Partners
  • Staff Vacancies

Postgraduate Research Funding

  • If you are interested in joining engCORE as a postgraduate student check out our current opportunities section where you will find details on the prestigious SETU President’s Fellowship awards.
  • The Irish Research Council (IRC) has a number of postgraduate scholarships suitable for high calibre graduates interested in pursuing a career in research. Schemes include the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, the Enterprise Partnership Scheme (postgraduate and postdoctoral), the Employment Based Programme. More information about these schemes can be found on the IRC website.
  • The North/South Postgraduate Scholarships Universities scheme is to encourage outstanding students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to cross the border to undertake postgraduate study and experience life in the other Irish jurisdiction.  Each year, Universities Ireland offers four scholarships, each worth €15,000, to students who have been accepted to undertake a recognised Masters Degree or are entering the first year of a PhD programme at a university on the island of Ireland that is not in the same jurisdiction as the university where they have previously studied. Further information can be found on the universities Ireland website.
  • The Irish Fulbright Commission Irish Student Awards enable postgraduate students to conduct research or study in the US for a period of four months per semester, up to one year. Students may either complete a Masters or PhD at a US institution or conduct research as part of a current postgraduate programme in Ireland or the EU. Applications are open to Irish or EU citizens resident in Ireland for the past three years. Applicants should be current or prospective postgraduate students with a minimum 2:1 grade. Additional information is available on the Fulbright webpage.


Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding

  • The Irish Research Council (IRC) Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship facilitates links with an Enterprise Partner to award co-funded two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships to highly promising researchers in Ireland. By working closely with an Enterprise Partner, researchers benefit from an enhanced research experience as well as having the opportunity to learn key transferable skills relevant to career/professional development. Fellows will hold an Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship. More information here.
  • The Irish Research Council (IRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme is intended to support suitably qualified applicants at an early stage of their postdoctoral career to associate with established research teams who have achieved international recognition for their work. These Fellowships can be held for either one or two years. Additional details about this scheme can be found on the IRC website.
  • The European Commission ASSISTID Postdoctoral Fellowship is an EU Marie Curie research and training programme funding up to 40 postdoctoral researchers who are examining how technology can support people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism in education, employment, community participation and independent living. Further information is available on the ASSISTID website.
  • The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Industry Fellowship Programme encourages industry-academia collaborations through the funding of collaborative industry-academia research projects. Fellowships can be awarded to staff and postdoctoral academic researchers based in Ireland, wishing to spend time in industry worldwide and to individuals from industry anywhere in the world (including Ireland) wishing to spend time in an eligible Irish academic or research institution. Further information available through SFI.
  • The Irish Fulbright Commission Techimpact award enables Irish or EU citizens resident in the Republic of Ireland for the past three years to complete short-term, non-commercial projects and research in the US for a period of two weeks to three months. Proposals are welcomed from candidates across all disciplines who are exploring how technology contributes to a larger social value, but applications in education, mobile technology and digital arts, humanities, and culture are particularly encouraged. Further information on the funder’s website.

Research Partners

The engCORE team are happy to engage in discussions with interested industry partners who wish to visit our research facility, discuss potential collaborative projects and funding opportunities which add value through applied research solutions. We can provide guidance on suitable funding programmes and proposal development.

Strengthening our National and International collaborations is a key element in making engCORE a leader in applied research solutions for the engineering sector. We are equipped to lead or be part of a consortia aiming to target National and European funding (H2020). We welcome engagement with Research Centres, SMEs, Universities and IoTs who are interested in partnering with engCORE to pursue funding through any of the funding programmes listed below:

Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme funded by the European Commission with the ambition to make the North-West Europe area a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion.

SFI ERA-NET Materials Science & Engineering Irish researchers are included in the latest call for proposals from ERA-NET in Materials Science & Engineering (M-ERA.NET2). It covers the following thematic areas:

* Integrated computational materials engineering (ICME)
* Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces
* High performance synthetic and bio-based composites
* Functional materials
* Interfaces between materials and biological hosts for health applications
* Materials for additive manufacturing

H2020 Clean Sky 2 Call The Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking invites applications for its third clean sky 2 call. This supports the development of key technologies necessary to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, reduce perceived external noise and improve the environmental impact of the life cycle of aeronautical products. The programme also aims to strengthen industrial competitiveness in the European Aeronautical industry by enabling an accelerated development of differentiating technology, enduring networks of research collaboration and innovation.

SEAI Ocean Energy Prototype Development Fund The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland ocean energy prototype development fund supports the development and deployment of ocean energy devices and systems. Funding supports the following types of projects:

  • industry-led projects to develop and test wave and tidal energy capture devices, systems and sites
  • independent monitoring of projects and technologies
  • industry-led R&D aimed at the integration of ocean energy into the electricity market and the national electricity grid and network
  • data monitoring, forecasting, communications and control of ocean energy systems
  • specific industry-led projects to be carried out by research centres.

SFI Partnership Planning Grants The US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership, launched in July 2006, is a unique initiative involving funding agencies across three jurisdictions: United States of America (USA), Republic of Ireland (RoI) & Northern Ireland (NI). Under the US-Ireland R&D Partnership programme, a ‘single-proposal, single-review’ mechanism is facilitated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) who accept submissions from tri-jurisdictional (USA, NI and ROI) teams to a number of their existing funding programmes.  All proposals submitted under the auspices of the Partnership must have significant research involvement from researchers in all three jurisdictions.

The following thematic areas are prioritised as important research grand challenges for the health and prosperity of the citizens of the United States, Ireland and Northern Ireland:

  • Nanoscale Science & Engineering
  • Sensors & Sensor Networks
  • Telecommunications
  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Health