ENERGY21 Programme
Marie Sk?odowska-Curie COFUND Action

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Eligibility Criteria

‌To be eligible, applications  need to meet the following criteria in three categories: eligibility of applicants, project proposals and host organisations for outgoing phase.

Eligibility of applicants

  • All applicants must be Experienced Researchers, which means that at the time of the deadline for submission of proposals, they are in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience, i.e. researchers who have been working for at least four years full time equivalent in research, but not working on a PhD, ex. someone with MD (medical doctor, which is not considered equivalent to a PhD in the Marie Curie Actions) or a research assistant in academia or industry.
  • Applicants for Fellowships Level 1 and 2 (Incoming Scheme), at the time of the deadline for submission of proposals, shall not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  • Applicants for Fellowship Level 3 (Reintegration Scheme) should meet the following criteria:(i) hold a doctoral degree; (ii) have carried out research in a Third Country for at least 3 years in the last 5 years at the time of the deadline for submission of proposals; and (iii) were resident in Ireland for over four years before the commencement of their research in the Third Country.

Eligibility of project proposals

  • The topics of the proposals must be within the research areas defined by the UCD Energy Institute, which are listed in section Research Areas
  • Proposals must be complete and in English.
  • Proposals must be received by UCD through the on-line application system integrated with the UCD ENERGY21 Programme website.  
  • Proposals must adhere to the ethical rules of UCD and the FP7 Framework ethical guidelines.
  • Proposal must include a letter of support from the UCD Principal Investigator. 

Eligibility of host organisations for outgoing phase

  • Outgoing host organisations must have a high international research reputation.
  • They must be able to provide a suitable training environment for the Fellow, including appropriate supervision.
  • They may be an organisation in academic, industry and government sector. 


Co-funded by Marie Sk?odowska Curie COFUND Action of the European Union. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no “609401”.