Eligibility Criteria

INSPIRE will adhere to the COFUND principle of ‘individual-driven mobility’, meaning that applicants will have freedom to choose their research project within the wide interdisciplinary remit of the APC, their supervisor and secondment organisation.

Each fellowship will consist of three phases: an initial phase at the academic host; an intersectoral secondment period in the non-academic sector (may be international) and a final return phase at the academic host.


Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants may be of any nationality.
  • Applicants must be experienced researchers (ER). The definition of an ER in the H2020 MSCA programme will be applied: ERs must, at the call deadline, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. FTE research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree that would entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country that the degree was obtained or the country in which the researcher is recruited, irrespective of whether a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.

International Mobility

  • Applicants must comply with the relevant mobility rules. At the call deadline, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years.

Project Eligibility

  • Proposals must describe a research project to be implemented during a two-year period, and adhere to the ethical standards (Information will published in the Application Guidelines). The research topic must be relevant to APC’s four core research areas and address societal challenges in the spheres of health and/or food. APC Themes overview and SDGs

Supervisor Eligibility

  • Applicants must have two supervisors: a main academic supervisor and a secondment supervisor (from a non-academic sector).  Each applicant must identify a proposed APC academic supervisor in advance of submission and are welcome to contact their chosen supervisor in advance for information. Names and research interests of all potential supervisors can be found by clicking Supervisors .

Secondment Eligibility

  • All applications must include a proposed intersectoral secondment of three to six months duration to anywhere in the world, including Ireland.
  • Secondments can be a single period or split into short stays. 
  • Eligible secondment hosts are non-academic organisations located anywhere in the world that are working on either research relevant to the APC research themes or undertaking practical work related to Sustainable Development, Anti-microbial resistance, non-communicable diseases or sustainable food systems.
  • The proposed academic supervisor will assist applicants to secure a high-quality secondment host.
  • Secondments must be relevant to the fellow’s project and career development.
  • Applicants should discuss potential secondments with their supervisor to ensure that they are relevant and realistic.

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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