• TOPMed10
    Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Programme

Support Services for Fellows

Support Services for Fellows

Over the last number of years, UCD has developed a researcher career structure for researchers, with more open and transparent recruitment and progression. In 2012, UCD was awarded the "HR Excellence in Research" designation by the European Commission under the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) process.

UCD was the first organisation in Ireland to receive the "HR Excellence in Research" designation, identifying UCD as a provider of a high standard working environment for researchers. In particular, it recognises UCD’s equitable recruitment and appraisal procedures and its commitment to implement the principles of The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (the Charter and Code). In attaining this recognition, UCD also contributes to the ability of the national research environment and the European Research Area (ERA) to attract researchers.

The Charter and Code aims to provide equal rights and obligations for researchers in Europe through the implementation of principles governing recruitment, ethical and professional aspects of work, working conditions, and career development for researchers.

UCD Support

UCD will offer support to all applicants during the entire period from application preparation stage until the end of the Fellowship and beyond.

The UCD TOPMed10 Programme Manager will run a support helpdesk for applicants and Fellows throughout the duration of the Programme. Helpdesk Support will include provision of information on:

  • the application,
  • the eligibility criteria
  • the submission procedure
  • suitability of a research topic

The Programme Manager will also facilitate technical support for any problems associated with the online application system.

Career Development, Education, Information and Guidance Service

‌UCD has established a Research Careers Framework (RCF), a structured and supportive skills and early career development model for Postdoctoral Fellows at UCD. Fellows will have access to the supports offered by the UCD Career Development Centre which provides a professional Career Education, Information and Guidance Service to support postdoctoral researchers in making effective career decisions and managing an effective transition to the next phase of their career development. All Fellows recruited for the UCD TOPMed10 Programme will receive Induction training and will be expected to participate in the mandatory training courses devised specifically for postdoctoral researchers.

Core Competency Areas & Programmes Available:

Non-research courses and workshops include:

Research and Commercialisation Supports

The UCD Research Services Office is committed to assisting researchers with all aspects of their funded research activity at UCD. In addition, a secure research intranet site hosts a wealth of information and support relating to all stages of the research project lifecycle. 

UCD Research and Innovation is a facility dedicated to supporting innovation throughout the University. The office offers support in:

  • Identifying valuable research results and implement protection strategies
  • Exploring commercialisation opportunities through licensing and spin-out formation
  • Developing productive collaborations with industry.

The UCD Technology Transfer team based at NovaUCD through its extensive commercial experience and drawing on its network of industry experts, patent agents and legal experts, provides support to support UCD researchers to commercially exploit their research outputs for the benefit of the University and the wider community.

EURAXESS Service Centre

Applicants and Fellows can also avail of range of services offered by the Irish EURAXESS Office.

EURAXESS.ie provides information on a range of issues and areas affecting researchers, including immigration and visas, employment law, healthcare, childcare, social services and life in Ireland.

EURAXESS, in collaboration with TOPMed10 Programme, will organise a welcome event for all Fellows.

Hosting Agreement (Researcher Visa Scheme)

Ireland is a signatory of the Hosting Agreement Scheme. The Scheme offers a free and fast track service for visa applications for higher education institutions and the private sector, who wish to recruit non-EU researchers to the country. Under the Scheme visas are issued rapidly and work permits are not required. Researcher’s families can accompany them immediately and use public schooling. Family members have access to the job market and the researchers can stay on to look for a job after their contract ends.

The Scheme is operated by the EURAXESS Ireland office based in the Irish Universities Association and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.