SFI Starting Investigator Research Grant

Science Foundation Ireland is seeking applications for the Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG)

SIRG  aims to support excellent postdoctoral researchers and others who are yet to hold an independent research post in taking the initial steps towards a fully independent research career.

The SIRG award provides an opportunity for excellent early-career-stage investigators to carry out their own research project in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The award provides a contribution to the salary for the Starting Investigator (SI) and also provides funding for a postgraduate student, who will be primarily supervised by the SI. The SI will work with an associated mentor, who will provide the necessary support and infrastructure for the project to take place. €425,000 direct costs over a period of four years and covers the salary of the SI and the stipend and fees of a postgraduate student.

One of SFI’s Agenda 2020 KPI targets is to increase the proportion of female award holders to 30% by 2020. Research Bodies will be permitted to put forward a maximum of 12 candidates for the submission of a proposal to the SFI SIRG Programme 2018. A maximum of six candidates, out of the 12 permitted from each eligible research body, may be male candidates.

If you are a postdoctoral researcher with a track record in the area of applied mathematics or statistics and are interested in applying to this programme with MACSI at the University of Limerick please contact MACSI@ul.ie with your CV.  An eligibility is available here.

Calls for EOI – The Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship



The Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) at University of Limerick in Ireland welcomes expressions of interest from potential postdoctoral researchers with an excellent track record, to apply jointly with a research supervisor from UL to the European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Scheme. Selected candidates will be provided with nominated academic support at UL, and assistance from the EU Research Support Office with regards to proposal development.


The Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowships is a prestigious European funding scheme that supports mobility, career development, and training within and beyond Europe, and offer 2-3 years’ highly competitive salary, a mobility allowance, family allowance and research costs.

Click here for full details of the Scheme and application process.

The opening date for the call was 12 April 2016, and the final deadline date for applications is 14 September 2016.

All expressions of interest must meet the eligibility criteria of the scheme. In particular, applicants must not have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals, if wanting to apply for the European Fellowship pathway (MSCA-IF-EF).

Research Areas

Mathematical Sciences are a recognised area of strength of UL as described in the University’s strategic plan ‘Broadening Horizons’. MACSI is the leading applied mathematics and statistical research group for industry in Ireland.

This is complemented by excellent infrastructure in the School and across campuses and UL is strongly committed to the career professional development of staff, and is also supported by our HR division for Researcher Professional Development.

The research topic will be freely chosen by the applicant in collaboration with the academic supervisor.
We welcome expressions of interest within the following research areas:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Industrial Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics

How to express your Interest in a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at UL.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) should consist of the following documentation:

  1. A copy of your CV (max. 2 pages plus full list of publications)
  2. A 2 page (A4) Research Proposal Summary, which includes details as to which research area(s) you are interested in
  3. Covering letter


Please submit your EOI to ( Sinéad Burke, PhD, MACSI Research Manager, Department of Mathematics and Statistics,  University of Limerick, E: Sinead.Burke@ul.ie, P: +353 61 234 643, by 30th May 2016)

Expressions of interest will be selected based on the quality of the research idea and the candidate will be invited to make a formal application with their UL mentor.