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INSPIRE (INnovative Sustainable Development InterdisciPlinary Post-Doctoral Research Excellence) Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Apply here for Call 1. Closing date 30th September 2022.

About the Programme

Postdoctoral fellowship programme

INSPIRE is a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) postdoctoral fellowship programme for intersectoral training, career development and mobility. INSPIRE will offer 20 fellowship positions for incoming postdocs to focus on Microbiome and the Sustainable Development Goals aimed at tackling global societal challenges related to food systems and health.


INSPIRE will fund 20 two-year prestigious postdoctoral fellowships for incoming mobility at APC Microbiome Ireland and participating host institutions.


INSPIRE Fellowships are for experienced researchers of any nationality residing worldwide and fellows will conduct their research at APC microbiome Ireland, UCC or at one of its academic partners institutes (NUIG, Teagasc Moorepark, MTU, UL, UCD and TCD).


Research must align with APC’s strategic vision and core research themes and tackle global societal challenges outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals ranging from Anti-Microbial Resistance, Non-Communicable Diseases to Sustainable Food Systems.
The four core APC research areas are ‘Microbes to Molecules’, ‘Diet and Microbes, ‘Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis’ and ‘Host-Microbe Dialogue’.


The programme is committed to research that aligns closely with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). INSPIRE seeks to tackle this deficit by developing a cohort of researchers that consider the practical applications of their research for promoting innovative solutions to global challenges by combining research into the Microbiome and solutions to global challenges relating to food and health (e.g AMR / NCDs or those highlighted by the SDGs).


Fellowships will be awarded over 2 calls. The first call will be published 30th June 2022 with a closing date of 30th September 2022. All applications must be submitted in full on or before the closing date.
Call 1 is now closed for applications but a second Call will open May 2023.


Training, career development and mobility fellowship

Training, career development and mobility fellowship

The programme will develop an intersectoral training, career development and mobility fellowship that will address real global challenges. Fellows will receive high quality, tailor made career development, training and practical industry exposure expanding their capacity and confidence to tackle one of the most significant issues of our day - (AMR, Sustainable developmemt, SFS or NCDs).

Developing excellence in research

Developing excellence in research

Develop experienced researchers to tackle challenges such as anti-microbial resistance (AMR), non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable food systems (SFS) or those identified by the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Foster the next generation of innovative researchers who are adaptable and can contribute effectively to changing future needs.

Freedom to Choose

Freedom to Choose

INSPIRE applicants will have the freedom to choose their research topic (within the remit of the programme), supervisor and intersectoral secondment host.

Intersectoral Secondments

Intersectoral Secondments

Fellows will go on a mandatory 3-6 month non-academic secondment. Secondments will be relevant to the fellow’s research project and to their own career development.

Important Dates

Dates* Activity
30th June 2022 Call 1 opens
30th Sept 2022 Submission deadline
Nov-Dec 2022* Peer review
Jan 2023* Interviews
Jan 2023* Awardees notified
Feb 2023* Fellowship start (once administrative approval has taken place)

*These dates are indicative and subject to change

EU Funding

This project is co-funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme under the Marie Skłodowska–Curie Grant agreement No. 101034270.

Participating Institutions


APC Microbiome Ireland, Biosciences Building, University College Cork, Ireland,