Career-FIT PLUS:

Career Development Fellowships in National Technology Centres and Gateways Programme 


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Enterprise Ireland has been awarded funding by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions for 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 interdisciplinary and centered around the domain areas of the 10 designated Technology Centres ( and 15 Technology Gateways ( operating in Ireland

Over the life time of the programme (2019-2024), two calls for proposals will award a total of 50 Fellowships to Experienced Researchers (ERs) to conduct a research project of 36 months in Ireland.  The Fellowship also offers Fellows a secondment opportunity in an enterprise partner of the Technology Centre/Gateway.

The aims of the Fellowships are to support suitable highly qualified ERs to:

  • conduct research relevant to the Technology Centres/Gateways;
  • engage in collaboration with suitable companies;
  • avail of relevant training and career development opportunities;
  • increase their chances of gaining a future senior research position, especially in the private sector.

The Career-FIT PLUS Fellows will have the unique opportunity to carry out research in areas of clear industry focus and gain experience in a company.  This will develop a new cadre of researchers who can move seamlessly to industry in Europe bringing high levels of research expertise.

Researchers awarded a Fellowship will be hosted and employed by a Third Level Institution associated with a Technology Centre/Gateway in Ireland, with a secondment of between six and 12 months to a company.

Follows are mentored 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.


Contact us at:

Tel.: +353 (01) 7272984


Micol Martinelli, Career-FIT Programme Manager, Enterprise Ireland



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 713654.




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