Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ResearchLeaders2025 (Research Leaders 2025 - A Fellowship Programme developing the Next Generation of Agri-Food Research Leaders)
Reporting period: 2018-08-01 to 2020-07-31
This fellowship programme will address these issues. It recognises the need to develop the next generation of leaders in agri-food research. Inspired by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Global Fellowships, it focuses on researcher-driven mobility. The programme offers applicants the opportunity to conduct their research in an academic or non-academic organisation of their choice worldwide (outside of Ireland) for 18 months, followed by a return phase to Teagasc (Ireland) for 18 months. The applicant will freely choose the research topic, the outgoing host (and supervisor) and the supervisor for the return phase. In addition, if the outgoing phase is with an academic host, they may choose to incorporate a secondment for up to six months to a non-academic collaborator of their choice.
The need to address the “leaky pipeline” whereby many promising female researchers do not achieve senior positions is a strong focus of the programme. An International Expert Advisory Board, have reviewed all documentation for the programme to ensure that there is no unintended bias against, or discouragement of, female applicants. Remote review cohorts and the final review panel have been gender balanced. Successful female applicants will be facilitated in finding a senior female researcher to serve as a career mentor.
The overall objective of the programme is to foster the next generation of agri-food research leaders to underpin the objectives of the Food Wise 2025 strategy.