The UCD ENERGY21 Programme will significantly increase the career opportunities of participating Fellows. It will also contribute to strengthening of the research capacity of the Irish energy sector and, in particular, the UCD Energy Institute. Additionally, it will significantly enhance and improve the internationalisation of the research and development activities of European energy sector.
By promoting incoming mobility and introducing transnational and, potentially, intersectoral dimensions the programme will significantly boost the career development prospects of Fellows. These will be further fostered by the provision of a high-quality working environment, training and networking. It is expected that at the end of the Programme the Fellows will successfully compete for openings in academic institutions and industry.
As well as providing benefits for individual researchers, the programme will contribute to counteracting and limiting the “brain drain” process by providing attractive career development opportunities to the most accomplished Irish researchers through the reintegration scheme. It will help to create a more attractive labour market for researchers in Ireland and open up new collaboration opportunities with industry, other public research institutions and private laboratories, particularly those cooperating with UCD.
ENERGY21 will ultimately contribute to the development of a highly skilled workforce for the energy sector by providing research training of the highest international standards to a significant number of researchers in fields critical to the energy sector in Europe.
The programme will support the development of a more integrated Irish and European research environment by combating fragmentation in terms of the evaluation methods of regional, national or international schemes.
Finally, ENERGY21 Programme will contribute to broadening and deepening of European Research Area by promoting researcher mobility, training and attractive careers in research field directly addressing main challenges facing Europe and its citizens.