About the Hosts – Institutes and Research CentresFellowships located at Third-Level Institutes across Ireland

As an EDGE MSCA ‘COFUND’ Fellow you will be:

  • employed by an Irish higher education institute (HEI, your Host), defined by the supervisor you choose to join
  • affiliated to one of three Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres – CONNECT, ADAPT or AMBER
  • a fully recognised MSCA Fellow, receiving funding from the Horizon 2020 programme, under the Marie Sklodovska Curie Actions
  • as a COFUND action, partly funded by non-H2020 sources under the SFI Centres programme

The Host will be responsible for your contractual employment as a research professional, and to provide the facilities for you to execute your project. They will also provide welfare services.

By clicking on the links below, you can see what is on offer at each institute. Typically you will find:

  • Pensions and other non-salary benefits
  • Cycle-to-work schemes
  • Maternity and paternity policies
  • Probation and leave policies
  • Childcare / creche support
  • Gyms and leisure facilities
  • Staff medical services
  • General professional development support
  • Societies, interest groups and other non-academic pursuits
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin Institute of Technology
University College Dublin
Dublin City University
Maynooth University
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland RCSI
Waterford Institute of Technology
University of Limerick
Cork Institute of Technology
University College Cork
Tyndall National Institute
NUI Galway

Each SFI Research Centre is not really a Centre at all, but a group of high quality academics across Ireland working together on a common theme. The three Centres in the EDGE programme are all centrally managed from Trinity College Dublin, but activity is distributed across the nation.

The Centres strive to:

  • conduct excellent fundamental research, generating high impact publications
  • engage with industry in direct collaboration on targeted research projects, generating valuable intellectual property
  • encourage entrepreneurship for commercial and social impact
  • leverage the network they create to access non-state funding, such as Horizon 2020
  • encourage work across disciplines, within their chosen domain
  • engage with the general public to promote understanding and support for scientific research, and to inform future directions

For more information on the SFI Research Centres programme, visit the overall website here.

For information on the three Centres involved in the EDGE programme, read below and follow the links.


AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) is a Science Foundation Ireland funded centre that provides a partnership between leading researchers in material science and industry. It is jointly hosted in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) by CRANN and the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (TCBE), in collaboration with University College Cork (UCC) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). AMBER brings together Ireland’s leading material science researchers working across the disciplines of Bioengineering, Chemistry, Immunology, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Physics. AMBER collaborates with 20 industry partners and houses 15 industry researchers in residence.

AMBER has a strong emphasis on linking industry to research programmes and the aim of the centre is to develop products that directly impact everyone’s quality of life, such as the development of next generation computer chips, new medical implants and pharmaceuticals that will improve patient care.

Website: www.ambercentre.ie


CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund.

They engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.

Website: www.connectcentre.ie


ADAPT is a dynamic research centre that combines the world-class expertise of researchers at four universities (Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology) with that of its industry partners to produce ground-breaking digital content innovations.

ADAPT brings together more than 110 researchers from CNGL and affiliated centres, which collectively have won more than €139m in funding and have a strong track record of bridging research and innovations to more than 140 companies.

Website: www.adaptcentre.ie

Dunlop Oriel House,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin, 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. 713567