The Irish Research Council has  (7 July 2017) announced that nineteen Irish and international researchers are to be awarded funding under the CAROLINE research programme, co-funded under Horizon 2020 Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions.

CAROLINE funds collaborative research projects with Irish or internationally-based non-governmental organisations and international organisations (IOs). Under the scheme, experienced researchers are employed by a higher education institution or research performing organisation in Ireland and seconded, with employment and research costs covered, to the partner NGO or IO.

Commenting today, Mr Peter Brown, Interim Director of the Irish Research Council said: “The Council works with a range of societal stakeholders, such as NGOs and IOs, to ensure that the research system contributes to the knowledge and evidence base for civil society. CAROLINE is just one of the Irish Research Council funding programmes open to researchers looking to collaborate with civil society, nationally or internationally.”

Researchers awarded funding on the CAROLINE programme include:

Dong Jin Kim who received funding from CAROLINE for his project entitled: ‘Comparative Studies on the Peace Processes in Northern Ireland and Korea: Toward Strategic Peacebuilding’. The research will be carried out at the University of Dublin, Trinity College and in partnership with Corrymeela, United Kingdom.

Annemarie Güntsch who received funding from CAROLINE for her project entitled: ‘An investigation into the role of the microenvironment in determining infectious disease progression.’ The research will be carried out at University College Dublin and in partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

Juan Severino Pino Ibanez who received funding from CAROLINE for his project entitled: ‘SUBACID: SUBmarine groundwater discharge (SGD) impact on coastal ACIDification processes in contrasting European Atlantic Shores: towards securing ecosystem services and food production.’ The research will be carried out at the University of Dublin, Trinity College and in partnership with Amigos da Terra (Friends of the Earth) in Spain.

Second call

The second call will allow for an additional thirty-one fellowships, bringing the total number of CAROLINE awardees to fifty. Applications are invited from eligible researchers, who will propose a collaborative research project with an Irish or international NGO or IO partner. The call is now open and the application deadline is 12 October 2017.

“CAROLINE is an exceptional opportunity for Irish and international NGOs and IOs to collaborate with an experienced researcher under a well-funded initiative in areas of common interest. I would encourage any NGOs or IOs with identified research needs to explore working with a researcher under this scheme” commented Mr Peter Brown.

United Nations 2030 Agenda 

CAROLINE funds experienced researchers from any discipline to conduct research relevant to the themes of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for shared economic prosperity, social development, and environmental protection. The seventeen sustainable development goals within Agenda 2030 are relevant for researchers across all academic disciplines and will be of interest to researchers with diverse career objectives in mind, including those within academia, civic society, and industry.

“It is essential that research is supported and conducted that has a strong and tangible impact by informing national and indeed international policymaking in areas such as shared economic prosperity, social development, and environmental protection” continued Mr Peter Brown.

“CAROLINE will facilitate researchers to exchange knowledge and spread their work beyond academia.” 

Further information about the second call for CAROLINE fellowship programme is available at


Source: Irish Research Council

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