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INSPIRE: MSCA COFUND Fellowship Programme in Microbiome Science

Applications are invited for a 24-month postdoctoral research fellowship on the INSPIRE programme.

INSPIRE (INnovative Sustainable Development InterdisciPlinary Post-Doctoral Research Excellence) is a postdoctoral programme, cofunded by the European Union’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme and hosted by the SFI Research Centre, APC Microbiome Ireland (APC).

APC is an internationally renowned research institute which explores the role of the microbiome in health and disease. Its mission is to link Irish science with industry and society through excellence in research, education and public engagement in gastrointestinal health.

The programme seeks to build on APC Microbiome’s experience by encouraging the next generation of experienced researchers to tackle global societal challenges related to food systems and health.

INSPIRE applicants will have the freedom to choose their research topic, supervisor and intersectoral secondment host. Proposals must align with an APC research themes (‘Microbes to Molecules’, ‘Diet and Microbes’, ‘Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis’ or ‘Host-Microbe Dialogue’) and tackle global societal challenges outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals such as Anti-Microbial Resistance, Non-Communicable Diseases or Sustainable Food Systems.

The fellowships are targeted at experienced researchers where the researcher must be in possession of a doctoral degree OR have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience in academia or industry. The fellowships are for incoming mobility at APC Microbiome Ireland and participating host institutions.

What is funded

INSPIRE will fund 10 prestigious, two-year fellowships with an expected start date early 2023. Fellowships will be awarded based on research proposals following an evaluation and selection process. The evaluations will include a remote review by international experts and an interview for shortlisted candidates.

Application deadline is 30th September 2022.

For additional information please visit the programme website (INSPIRE Website).


2 years


  • 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. 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.


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