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DevelOp interdisciplinaRy apprOaches to healTH crises collaborativelY’

Project description

Preparing for future public health crises: Investing in multidisciplinary expertise

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the importance of having individuals with the experience and skills to tackle public health crises. In the context of this, the EU-funded DOROTHY project will recruit, train and help launch the careers of 25 fellows from various disciplines, who will undertake a 36 month fellowship focusing on research in the public health crises domain. In doing so, the project will become a model for multidisciplinary, international and intersectoral training approaches that can be replicated.


Responding to the need to equip European societies with multi-disciplinary expertise to tackle future public health crises, DOROTHY COFUND will recruit, train and launch the careers of 25 excellent fellows through 36-month fellowships (18 months overseas and 18 months in Ireland).
Postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines will be eligible (e.g. epidemiology, engineering of materials, diagnostic tools, psychology, economics, social history, education, sociology, political science, medical and health humanities and philosophy), as long as their research projects fall within the remit of public-health crises.
DOROTHY's goals are:
-Support fellows’ career development, through excellent training and supervision and mentoring, and prepare them for future career opportunities by means of the exceptional skills and timely and topical experience that will be gained through these fellowships.
- Create a critical mass of well-networked experts, from all disciplinary areas, who will be fully able to engage with the Irish and EU innovation ecosystem, through the set-up of an innovative multidisciplinary research and training platform. These individuals will be trained to tackle future public-health crises in ways that will lead to positive societal impact.
-Promote the dissemination and communication of impactful research beyond traditional academic channels, targeting policymakers and population at large , with the objective of contributing to resourceful and resilient societies.
- Pioneer an innovative multidisciplinary approach to the way public health crises are understood and tackled. As they are broad-ranging and complex phenomena, with multi-issue implications, solutions cannot prescind from the cooperation between disciplines, sectors and research areas. DOROTHY, which shows the feasibility of that, aims to become a replicable template for multidisciplinary, international and intersectoral training approaches.


Net EU contribution
€ 2 758 500,00
D04 Dublin

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Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 5 517 000,00