The Royal Society and Science Foundation Ireland have agreed a new partnership enabling outstanding early career researchers from the Republic of Ireland to compete and if successful have the opportunity to be awarded, a prestigious Royal Society - SFI University Research Fellowship (URF).
The Fellowships that will be funded by Science Foundation Ireland are for outstanding early career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field. The scheme provides an opportunity for scientists who are 3-8 years post-PhD, and who are not in a permanent position, to build an independent research career by providing for up to five years support initially, with the opportunity for a three year renewal. The awardees are expected to be strong candidates for permanent positions at the end of their fellowship. The scheme covers all areas of life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine and research that addresses a direct biomedical question. Suitable early career researchers whose research is biomedical should apply to the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship.
The Royal Society - SFI University Research Fellowship (URF) provides for a salary contribution based on the SFI Research Fellow scale in addition to research expenses and also the opportunity to participate in a range of activities to support personal development (innovation course, media and communications training, URF conference and so on). In addition, there will be opportunities for the Fellows to obtain additional start-up research costs in the first year of their award. Applicants from the Republic of Ireland will be assessed along with candidates from the UK through the normal Royal Society peer review process. Successful candidates will be awarded a fellowship by the Royal Society, the cost of which will be met by Science Foundation Ireland.
The Fellowship will launch in mid-July with a deadline for applications in mid-September 2014. Applications will be submitted to the Royal Society and full details of how to apply will be available shortly on the Royal Society website. There will be a promotional event at the Royal Irish academy on July 17th, where staff from the Royal Society will be available to explain the application process to potential applicants. Further details here.