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

Both Call 1 and Call 2 are now closed. Call 2 opened 30th August 2023 and closed on 22nd November 2023, 13:00 GMT

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, ‘Gut-Brain Microbe 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. Call 2 closed on 22nd November 2023.


Important Dates

Dates* Activity
30th August 2023 Call 2 opens
22nd November 2023  Submission deadline
23rd November -7th December  Eligibility check and ethics check
Dec-Jan 2024* Remote peer review
Feb/March 2024* Interviews for shortlisted candidates
March 2024* Awardees notified
April-May 2024* 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,