Dr Namrata Iyer APEX postdoc and Dr Sinéad Corr, APEX researcher, publish their review focussing on microbial metabolites as regulators of the gut barrier and their role in IBDRead on twitter.com
APEX is a new intersectoral training, career development and mobility fellowship which focuses on the research strengths and expertise of the Institute in the area of gut microbiota and their role in human health and disease.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754535.
Update: Both Calls are now closed. Call 1 closed in 2018 from which 10 fellowships were awarded and Call 2 closed in 2019 from which another 10 fellowships were awarded.
APEX is a postdoctoral fellowship Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) COFUND programme, based at APC Microbiome Ireland at University College Cork (UCC), and cofunded by Horizon 2020.
The APEX programme will offer 20 prestigious two-year postdoctoral fellowships for incoming mobility across two calls over the 60 months duration of the programme.
Fellowships will be targeted at experienced researchers. (An experienced researcher must at the application deadline be in possession of a doctoral degree OR have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience in academia or industry).
All fellows will be hosted in an APC academic host organisation (University College Cork, Teagasc Moorepark or Trinity College Dublin) and will be required to complete a mandatory secondment in a relevant industry host.
Fellowships will be offered in the four thematic APC research areas of ‘Microbes to Molecules’, ‘Diet and Microbes at the Extremes of Life’, ‘Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis’ and ‘Host-Microbe Dialogue’. Adhering to the MSCA principle of ‘individual-driven mobility’, APEX applicants will have the freedom to choose their research topic (within the remit of the APC), their supervisor and their secondment organisation. Secondments will be relevant to the fellows’ research project and their career development.
The APEX Fellowships are open to experienced researchers of any nationality, resident anywhere in the world (provided the mobility eligibility criteria are met), seeking a prestigious career development fellowship in research of the gut microbiota and their role in human health and disease.
All fellows will be hosted in an APC academic host organisation (University College Cork or Teagasc Moorepark ) and will be required to complete a mandatory secondment in a relevant industry host.
The aim of APEX is to develop the next generation of scientific leaders who will gain hands on experience developing cross-disciplinary and entrepreneurial skills through individual research projects.
Applicants choose their research area (within the remit of APC), APEX supervisor, and secondment organisation in the non-academic sector.
2019 Call Important Dates
|Indicative Call Schedule||Date*|
|Call 2 Announcement||22 Jan 2019|
|Deadline for Proposal Submission||23 April 2019|
|Call Outcome||Aug 2019|
|Fellowship Start Date||Oct 2019|
*These dates are indicative and subject to change
Themes and Supervisors
APEX Research Themes
Fellowships will be offered in the four core APC research areas outlined below. APEX applicants will have the freedom to choose their research topic (within the remit of the APC), their supervisor and their secondment organisation.
APEX Research Supervisors
Prior to creating an application, please contact an APEX supervisor to discuss your proposal and to gain support for your application.
Whilst you can choose your individual research project, your topic must be aligned with the broad research themes of APEX and with the research interests of your prospective supervisor. See the individual themes for the supervisors associated with that theme.
20 APEX Fellows (10 female and 10 male) were recruited over the two calls. Fellows joined the programme from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Bangladesh, Lithuania, Iran, Germany, Britain and India.
We would love to hear from you. Should you have any queries in relation to the APEX fellowship programme, please feel free to contact us.
- Ms. Oonagh Cahalane, APC Microbiome Ireland, Rm 5.04, Biosciences Building, University College Cork, Ireland.
- APEX Programme Management Office: +353 (0)21 490 1393
- Email: APEX@ucc.ie
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