SFI-IRC Pathway postdoc Programme 2024, Dublin, Ireland

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SFI-IRC Pathway postdoc Programme: The SFI-IRC Pathway Programme 2024 invites talented postdoctoral researchers across Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), and Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) to transition into independent research leaders. The program offers a maximum funding request of €495,000 over four years, covering the applicant’s salary, and a stipend and fees for a Ph.D. student. The initiative encourages interdisciplinary proposals. Research bodies can nominate a maximum of 16 STEM-led and 8 AHSS-led applications, with a commitment to address gender imbalances.

  • 🌐 Program Overview
  • The SFI-IRC Pathway Programme supports postdoctoral researchers to transition to independent research leaders.
  • Welcomes interdisciplinary proposals in STEM and AHSS with a maximum funding of €495,000 over four years.
  • 🎓 Applicant Criteria
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. for at least two years at the proposal submission.
  • Should not be considered an independent investigator.
  • Must not have held an academic contract exceeding 36 months or a significant peer-reviewed research grant.
  • 🤝 Mentorship Requirement
  • Applicants must identify a mentor providing advice, co-supervision, and access to relevant infrastructure.
  • 🏛️ Institutional Approval
  • Researchers must be approved by the host institution’s research office before submitting a proposal.
  • Research bodies should consider evaluation criteria and the institution’s strategic vision in selecting candidates.
  • 📅 Application Submission
  • All proposals must be submitted via SESAME, SFI’s online grants and awards management system.
  • First-time SESAME users should contact their local Research Office for setup.
  • 📆 Deadlines for 2024
  • Research Body’s approved candidates notification: 20th February 2024, 13:00h (local time Dublin, Ireland).
  • Full-proposal deadline: 10th April 2024, 13:00h (local time Dublin, Ireland).
  • 📚 Program Objectives
  • Enable post-doctoral researchers to become independent investigators.
  • Support Irish Higher Education Institutes in retaining and attracting excellent researchers.
  • Fund impactful research across all disciplines.
  • Contribute to knowledge creation, training, and skill development.
  • Assist early career researchers in securing non-Exchequer funding and expanding networks.
  • Increase gender diversity in the higher education sector.
  • 📹 Information Webinar
  • A recorded webinar on the SFI-IRC Pathway Programme 2024 call and its application process is available on the SESAME information web page.

Designation: SFI-IRC Pathway Programme Researcher

Research Area: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS)

Location: Dublin, Ireland


  • Hold a PhD or equivalent qualification for at least two years at the proposal submission.
  • Not considered an independent investigator.
  • Not hold, or have held, an academic contract ≥36 months or a significant peer-reviewed, independent research grant related to the program.
  • Must have identified a mentor, providing advice, co-supervision for the Ph.D. student, and access to relevant infrastructure.

Job Description:

  • Develop internationally recognized research aligned with the program’s objectives.
  • Collaborate on interdisciplinary projects and mentor Ph.D. students.
  • Adhere to eligibility criteria and seek institutional approval.
  • Submit proposals via SESAME, SFI’s online grants and awards management system.

Amount€495,000 (direct costs) €495,000 (direct costs)  
Duration48 Months48 Months

Key Dates:

  • Research Body’s approved candidates notification: February 20, 2024.
  • Full-proposal deadline: April 10, 2024.

The 2024 SFI-IRC Pathway Programme will have two deadlines.

  • Notification of Research Body’s approved candidates: 13:00h (local time Dublin, Ireland) on the 20 February 2024.
  • Full-proposal deadline: 13:00h (Local time Dublin, Ireland) on the 10 April 2024.

How to Apply:

  1. Seek pre-approval from an eligible research body.
  2. After approval, nominated candidates will be invited to submit a full proposal.
  3. Submit proposals via SESAME: SESAME Information
  4. For SESAME access, contact the local Research Office. For SESAME queries, email sesame@sfi.ie.


Disclaimer: This job post is sourced from a reliable document. Verify details and obtain further information from the official website of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) or contact sesame@sfi.ie for SESAME-related queries.


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