News Archive 2014

New Postdoctoral programme launched to attract world class energy researchers

Friday, 13 June, 2014 

Energy21 website.

Energy21 website.


Creating high end new jobs in energy research

University College Dublin launched a new Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme that will attract 21 world class researchers to the UCD Energy Institute over the next five years. The programme is co-financed through the Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2013-COFUND action. Its total value is €4.6 million, out of which €1.8 million is co-funded by the European Commission. The programme was formally launched earlier today by Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact and a member of the EU Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Marie Sk?odowska Curie Actions.

The Programme reflects UCD’s strong commitment to energy research as a strategic priority and will significantly contribute to developing the capacity of the UCD Energy Institute established in September last year. By attracting international talented researchers and training them to highest international standards, it will expand the capacity of an Irish energy sector increasingly crippled by shortage of suitably qualified personnel.

ENERGY21 will also provide attractive career development opportunities for the most accomplished Irish researchers currently pursuing their careers abroad by offering six Reintegration Fellowships. Creating such opportunities will help to counteract and limit the ‘brain drain’ in one of Ireland and Europe’s most strategic fields.

The recruitment for 21 Fellowships will take place across three Calls, with the first Call being launched today, with the deadline for applications being 30th September 2014. All successful Fellows will be based in the UCD Energy Institute for a period of two years, including an outgoing phase to another research performing organisation in any country in the world. Researchers will be recruited through a transparent and independent peer review process with the freedom to choose their topic of research and their mentor in UCD.

ENERGY21 is one of eight Marie Curie COFUND actions awarded in Ireland over the past seven years, and the first one in Ireland awarded solely to a single University. This builds on UCD reputation and success in securing funding from complementary Marie Curie Actions.

More information about the Programme can be found on the website: