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INnovative Sustainable Development InterdisciPlinary Post-Doctoral Research Excellence


INSPIRE aims to cultivate the next generation of scientific leaders who are adaptable, systems thinkers at the forefront of leading microbiome research. Co-created with APC's industry and policy partners, ENSPIRE aims to support experienced researchers to take the next step in their careers by providing the opportunity to design intersectoral microbiome research projects in the interconnected areas of food systems or health that address pressing global challenges that align with APCs research expertise and tackling societal challenges outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ranging from Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR), Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to Food Systems. A particular strength of the APC is its significant intersectoral and interdisciplinary partnerships with global industry, non-profits, regulators, policy decision makers and SMEs. Credible scientific solutions are increasingly needed for global challenges. INSPIRE aims to forge cross-sectoral partnerships by exposing researchers to practitioners, international networking, career development and leadership training. Research projects are ground up and fellows can freely select the research project, supervisor, and Irish academic host institution. Fellows will benefit from access to excellent researcher supervisors, cutting-edge infrastructure and robust bespoke coaching / mentoring. INSPIRE aims to develop human capital and future proof fellows careers. INSPIRE will provide fellows with personalised professional career development, mentoring and support to facilitate fellows to future proof careers and allow some of the brighest minds to achieve their career aspirations.

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Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 471 200