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”.

Career-FIT PLUS aims to enhance the training and mobility of Experienced Researchers through the undertaking of individually-driven, market-focused research projects which will be centered around the domain areas of the designated Technology Centres and Technology Gateways.

Two calls for proposals will award a total of 50 Fellowships to highly skilled researchers to conduct a research project of 36 months in Ireland, including a secondment opportunity in an enterprise partner of the Technology Centre/Gateway.

The Career-FIT PLUS Fellows will have the unique opportunity to carry out research in areas of clear industry focus and gain first-hand experience in a company.

Researchers awarded a Fellowship will be hosted and employed by a Third Level Institution associated with a Technology Centre/Gateway in Ireland.

Fellows will be guided by an experienced Academic mentor as well as a Company mentor who are concerned not just for their scientific progress but also their training and development in line with the agreed career goals.  They will further benefit from participation in a structured development training programme that targets enhancement of personal effectiveness as well as competencies relating to innovation management.

Please refer all queries to the Enterprise Ireland Career-FIT Help Desk at:


Micol Martinelli, Career-FIT Programme Manager, Enterprise Ireland

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.

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

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

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

Irish Manufacturing Research Centre (IMR)

ICMR 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

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

APT Ireland is providing world class solutions for SME’s and Multinational companies using polymer materials across the medical, composite, recycling and pharmaceutical sectors.

Dr. Mohammadnabi Hesabi

MCCI 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.

Kilian O’Donoghue


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 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 Fellows need to remind the Host Organisation about this report to be sent every 12 months.

Project Alteration Form

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.


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