Application process

We are now closed for applications to Call 1. There will be a Call 2 May 2023. Keep an eye on the website for Call 2 opening date.

Steps to take before you start on your application for Call 1

If you are interested in this Call, your first step is to fill in the Expression of Interest form. Note:the EOI is needed to support the management of the Call and will not be part of the review process.

You are strongly encouraged to read all relevant Call documentation before you submit your application. Call documents include the Application guidelines, Terms and Conditions and Frequently asked questions which you will find below.

You must have the support of an INSPIRE supervisor. You must contact an INSPIRE supervisor whose research interest is aligned with your research proposal before applying and have the supervisor’s agreement to support your application. You will find a supervisor on the supervisor section. The supervisor will confirm whether they are happy to work with you on your chosen topic and may offer guidance on developing the research project. If the supervisor is unable to support your application or does not respond to you after one week, you may contact the programme manager who will see if other supervisors can be found. 

Inform the project manager at once you have agreement from a supervisor. 


Application templates

A complete application will consist of the following:

  • Part A – Administrative Information
  • Part B – Project proposal uploaded as a PDF-file
  • Part C – Applicant’s CV uploaded as a PDF-file and Ethics Issues Table
  • Part D – Ethics Self-Assessment (if applicable)

Please download the following application forms

Applications must be submitted in PDF format, to the INSPIRE Email address with the subject heading Call 1 on or before the deadline of September 30th, 2022. The application system will close at 13:00 (Irish time). Applications cannot be accepted after this time.

Submit application form PART A as a separate pdf document to PART B-C-D. PART B-C-D should be submitted as one PDF document. 

Please ensure you read the application guidelines. 


Call Documents

You are strongly encouraged to read the following Call 1 documents (Application Guidelines, Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) and Frequently asked questions (FAQs))


Application guidelines -detailing the following: Eligibility criteria, indicative timetables for publication & deadlines of the calls, application & evaluation processes (including timelines and financial aspects).

T&Cs Call 1 : Outlining the legal basis for the programme

FAQs Call 1 : Frequently asked questions about the programme

Programme Policies

Researchers Code of Conduct



EU Funding

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


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