€3.2m Embark scheme to support young researchers

15 Dec 2003

The Embark Initiative, a major national research scheme, has announced new funding of up to €3.2m for talented researchers under its Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2004.

The Embark Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme will offer funding over two years to researchers at an early stage of their career who plan to complete postdoctoral level research in the sciences, engineering or technology. Up to 40 awards will be offered in 2004 to the most competitive candidates who will be assessed by an international peer review panel.

The scheme is designed to enable researchers at an early stage of their research career to build upon their PhD work and to benefit from the experience of established research teams. It also seeks to develop the country’s international reputation as an important location in which to carry out world-class research, so that Ireland retains and attracts the highest level of R&D capabilities for the future.

The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology which runs the Embark Initiative, estimates that by 2010 there will be a 7,000 shortfall in the number of researchers with advanced degrees (Masters and PhDs) in the science, engineering and technology in Ireland.

Professor Thomas N Mitchell, chairman of The Irish Research Council, commented: “There is a wealth of research talent in Ireland and a strong desire by many researchers to enhance their career in research. There are also many exceptionally able young researchers who wish to pursue their career development with Irish research teams of established achievement. The Embark Initiative is encouraging and facilitating this generation of highly motivated researchers so vital to Ireland’s future success.”

The highest rated applications will receive funding of €33,000 (+ PRSI) in the first and second year, plus expenses of €5,000 each year.

The closing date for applications to the scheme is 27 February 2004.

By Brian Skelly