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IRC - Starting and Consolidator Laureate Awards Programme


The health of the Irish research eco-system depends on a balanced set of funding measures which cultivate excellent research and researchers across all career stages, from postgraduate students to senior professors who are at the forefront of their disciplines internationally. A strong bedrock of basic research is essential to the functioning of our eco-system, providing the environment for world-class education, training and development, for new discoveries and the future application of those discoveries for economic or societal impact.

The Council is inviting applications at the early and mid-career level (Starting and Consolidator). Funding will be awarded on the basis solely of excellence, assessed through a rigorous and independent international peer-review process. Laureates will enhance their track record and international competitiveness. As well as the benefits for the laureate and their team, it is anticipated that the award will enhance the potential for subsequent ERC success as a further career milestone; indeed it will be a requirement of all laureates that they make a follow-on application to the ERC.

The aims and objectives of the Irish Research Council Laureate Awards programme:

  • To enhance frontier basic research in Irish research-performing organisations, across all disciplines.
  • To support exceptional researchers to develop their track record, appropriate to their discipline and career stage.
  • To build the international competitiveness of awardees and Ireland as a whole.
  • To leverage greater success for the Irish research system in ERC awards.
  • To retain excellent researchers in the Irish system and to catalyse opportunities for talented researchers currently working outside Ireland to relocate to Ireland.


Times Higher Education Awards- Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

For the first time, Times Higher Education are opening their HEI awards to Irish universities. One of the categories that universities can compete in is - Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community.

This year's THE Awards focus primarily on activity during the 2019-20 academic year, so they expect the HEI sector's outstanding responses to the Covid-19 pandemic to feature heavily across most categories. However, impactful initiatives that are unrelated to and unaffected by the pandemic have still taken place, and the judges are keen to consider those entries too. Entries will be accepted from institutions, teams and individuals; but in all cases the institution must support the submission. Please also note that testimonials are an important part of the supplementary documentation.

Please find below information about the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community award category.

This award will be given to an individual, team or institution that has made the most imaginative attempt to aid the wider community socially, culturally or economically.
  1. Describe the background to and context of your initiative.
  2. Explain the nature of the work and the challenges involved.
  3. Provide evidence of demonstrable progress or success. Show how the project has made a difference to the target community.
  4. Outline how staff and students contributed to the success of the project.
  5. Supporting material may include photographs, tables, documents containing statistics, testimonials, supporting research, evaluation or inspection reports, press cuttings and promotional material.

Here is the link for information about the awards, and how to create an account etc.:

THE Awards 2021 - Homepage - AWARDS (

Key dates:

  • Entry deadline: 9 June 
  • Shortlist: 9 September  
  • Awards ceremony: 25 November 

If you decide to enter, we would be grateful if you could let us know ahead of the entry deadline, since, as mentioned above, the University has to support any submission. 

UCC Research Staff Association

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