Career Development Fellowships in National Technology Centres and Gateways Programme
Following the success of Career-FIT, Enterprise Ireland has launched a new CO-FUND programme called “Career-FIT PLUS”.
Careers-FIT PLUS is strongly focused on the career enhancement of its participants and includes a structured career advisory strategy. Researchers awarded a Fellowship will be hosted and employed by a Third Level Institution associated with a Technology Centre/Gateway in Ireland. The research period will be 36 months in a Centre where the Fellows have not resided or carried out their main activity in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.
At the outset, the Fellow will engage in a workshop on career goal setting. In addition to the international and intersectoral experience they will gain on the programme, they will experience working in interdisciplinary teams on market focused applied research that will enhance potential career pathways.
In the final year of the Fellowship workshops it will include a CV clinic, interview coaching, and facilitation of Fellows to attend relevant job fairs (e.g. Career Zoo). Additional one-to-one advisory support is also available from an EI Careers Advisor.
Please refer all queries to the Enterprise Ireland Career-FIT Help Desk at:
The Second and final Call for Proposals runs from September 7th, 2020 until the end of the year. Awards will be announced in Spring 2021.
Prior to creating an application, potential applicants must contact and discuss their fellowship application with the proposed academic mentor. It is the responsibility of each applicant to identify suitable academic and company mentors. Please note that Enterprise Ireland is not in a position to recommend individual mentors.
Applicants should also contact the Research Office in the proposed Host Organisation for information and clarification on the call and for institutional proposal preparation support. The Research Office (RO) will have to endorse the application once the applicants have submitted it. It is highly recommended that applicants contact the RO of their proposed host organisation as soon as they decide to apply for a CAREER-FIT PLUS fellowship and identify an academic mentor. Applications that are not endorsed by the RO of the proposed host organisation by the relevant deadline will be automatically deemed ineligible.
All applications require two referee statements. Applicants should identify and approach referees well in advance of the relevant deadline. Referees should know the applicants sufficiently well to provide them with a character reference.
- Career-FIT PLUS Guide for Applicants 2020
- Frequently asked Questions 2020
- Career-FIT PLUS Terms & Conditions 2020
- Career-FIT PLUS Academic Mentor Form
- Career-FIT PLUS Company Partner Form
- Career-FIT PLUS Template Form
All calls for proposals are now closed, we have successfully recruited all 50 Fellows.
Centre for Applied Data Analytics (CeADAR)
CeADAR is a market-focused technology center for innovation and the application of Big Data Analytics and visulisation.They drive the accelerated development, deployment and adoption of Big Data Analytics and Visualisation.
Dr. Bujar Raufi Dr. Sara Perez Carabaza Dr. Hossam Zawbaa Dr. Polat Goktas
Dr. Assem_Abdel_Hak Dr. Waqar S. Qureshi Dr. Adrian Byrne Dr. Daniel Gibert
Pharmaceutical Technology Centre (PMTC)
The PMTC was established in December 2013 and is led by an industry steering board with an active research program, in leading Irish RPOs, driven by its industry members. Companies access PMTC to create projects & execute world-beating industry-relevant research in advanced technology solutions which address contemporary manufacturing issues.
Dr. Parimaldevi Palanisamy Dr. Marta Perez Lloret Dr. Parvathi Krishnakumar
Dr. Sousa Javannikkhah Dr. Mohammed Bahey-El-Din
Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC)
The Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) is an industry–academic collaborative research centre, hosted by the University of Limerick, with a research agenda driven by the long-term growth opportunities for the dairy sector.
Dr. Ali Alehosseini Dr. Le Deng Dr. Yonas Hailu Alemu Dr. Farhad Garavand
Dr. Zeinab Mousavi Dr. Hossein Kiani Dr. Bhavya M Lokesh
Dr. Mestawet Taye Asfaw Dr. Mahmoud Abdelhamid
Irish Manufacturing Research Centre (IMR)
IMR is a consortium of leading manufacturers collaborating to develop an ‘embedded’ manufacturing research and development program, enabling: Manufacturing innovation, an enabler for future investment breakthrough productivity solutions growth in SMEs & high-tech start-ups.
Dr. Amit Kumar Haldar Dr. Mansur-Ahmed Dr. Pouyan Ghabezi Dr. Damian Palin
Dr. Keerthi Sagar Dr. Nicolas Aristokleous
Food for Health Ireland (FHI) is one of the biggest technology centres in Ireland and its purpose is to identify novel ingredients coming from milk to develop functional food ingredients which will offer health benefits to consumers.
Dr. Indrani Bera Dr. Enriqueta Garcia-Gutierrez Dr. Bernard Degryse Dr. Sile Griffin
Dr. Clement Agoni Dr. Arghya Mukherjee Dr. Shanmugapriya Karuppusamy
Applied Polymer Technologies Ireland is providing world class solutions for SME’s and Multinational companies using polymer materials across the medical, composite, recycling and pharmaceutical sectors.
Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland focuses on delivering high impact research for the semiconductor industry and they are the single point of contact for industry to access academic microelectronic research.
Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre is a collaboration between Technological University of Shannon: Midlands Midwest and Munster Technological University. It is a leader in bioresource research -detection, identification, characterisation and valorisation and collaborates with industry and other research centres in order to deliver this expertise in applied settings.
Dr. Raghu Ram Badmi Dr. Prachi Varshney
The CREST Gateway based in TU Dublin – Kevin St, delivers coatings innovation solutions for industry in the engineering, construction, healthcare and biomedical industries.
Dr. Rosen_Georgiev Dr. Buliyaminu Adegbemiro Alimi
Learnovate is a research centre in Trinity College Dublin with 10 years of industry-led research in learning technology innovation. It offers strategic research and innovation services to individual companies that develop learning technologies and companies that acquire and use learning technologies.
The PEM Gateway based in the Institute of Technology Sligo provides Industry-focused research and development of precision engineering, manufacturing and materials technologies and innovation.
Microsensors for Clinical Research & Analysis
MiCRA is an industry-led technology gateway focusing on the advancement of electrochemical sensor technologies, diagnostic products, and prototype development, and consists of state-of-the-art electroanalytical, analytical, surface science, cell culture and microbiology labs/instrumentation, and sensor/prototype fabrication facilities.
The Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID (IMaR) Technology Gateway is based at Munster Technological University and is a nationwide resource for industry based in the IoTs delivering solutions on near to market problems for industrial partners. IMaR provides solutions for companies using Intelligent Mechatronics, RFID and Internet of Things.
Fellowship Technical Report Template – 6 & 12 Month Report
The fellow will be required to submit a comprehensive report annually, with a shorter report submitted midway through the year. It will be the responsibility of the fellow to make sure that all progress reports are submitted on time to Enterprise Ireland Contracts Unit Institutes.Contracts@enterprise-ireland.com subject heading Marie Sklodowska Curie Career-FIT 12 Month report MSCA-201X-200XXX copying Career-FIT Programme Manager, Academic Mentor and Company Mentor.
Standard Financial Report Form
This report is prepared by Financial Department of the Host Organisation and is sent to Enterprise Ireland Contracts Unit Institutes.Contracts@enterprise-ireland.com. Fellows need to remind the Host Organisation about this report to be sent every 12 months.
Your completed form should be submitted by email to the Contracts Unit
Claims and project alteration forms that are not fully completed, will be returned.
- Terms and Conditions
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Guide for Applicants
- Flyer Call One
- Machine Learning for Precision Agriculture Applications
- FHI Call for Candidates
- DePuy Synthes is looking for a Career-FIT PLUS candidate
- Career opportunities in cheese research – DPTC
- Exploring the Use of Artificial Intelligence to improve Security Operations Centre Operations
- Waterford Institute of Technology is looking for Career-FIT PLUS applicants
- Career Development Fellowship Opportunity at DPTC’s UL Department of Biological Sciences
- Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology & Smart Reactors are looking for a Career-FIT PLUS Candidate
- PMTC is open to new applicants for Career-FIT PLUS
- CEADAR is looking for Career-FIT PLUS applicants!
- Webinar for Research Officers is now online!
- Call 1 is officially launched!
- Tentative Timeline for Career-FIT applications
- Info Session for Research Officers on 5th of September
- Kastus and TCD looking for a clinical microbiologist to apply for a Career-FIT PLUS fellowship
Career-FIT PLUS Program Participants
APT – Applied Polymer Technologies
CeADAR – Centre for Applied Data Analytics
CREST – Crest Technology Gateway
DPTC – Dairy Processing Technology Centre
FHI – Food For Health Ireland
IMaR – Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID
IMR – Irish Manufacturing Research Centre
MCCI – Microelectronics Circuits Center Ireland
MICRA -Microsensors for Clinical Research and Analysis
PEM – Precision Engineering in Manufacturing
PMTC – Pharmaceutical Technology Centre
Shannon ABC – Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 847402