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Irish Government aims to attract international researchers

With €5m in Horizon 2020 funding, Enterprise Ireland has launched a new programme called Career-FIT in the hope of persuading 50 international researchers to Irish technology centres.

Having secured the funding under the programme, a total of 50 academics could be brought to work in Enterprise Ireland’s technology centres.

The purpose of the Career-FIT programme is to help fill the skills gap in some of the technology centres’ 482 member companies based in Ireland.

Experienced researcher applicants taking part in the programme will work within market-focused applied research through three-year fellowships.

Under the Career-FIT programme, two calls will be issued to potential researchers, each of which will see 25 fellowships awarded.

The first call has an application deadline of 31 March, while the second call will open in 2018.

Speaking at the launch, jobs minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “The Career-FIT programme is the first of its kind, addressing the skills shortage in industry-focused research in Irish technology centres.

“This programme will benefit both the successful academic researchers and the Irish companies connected with the industry-focused technology centres.”

Enterprise Ireland’s CEO Julie Sinnamon added: “Enterprise Ireland connects business and academic research to drive new innovative products, processes and services, helping Irish companies to develop a competitive edge in international markets.

“The Career-FIT programme will facilitate the placement of 50 international academic experts in 13 technology centres, where they will work on industry-led research of direct relevance and value to Irish businesses.

“The outputs of the collaboration will help Irish companies to build, scale and expand their reach in global market”.