Update: DOROTHY Programme has been launched on 23 March 2022

Further to the ministerial announcement on 6 July 2021, the Irish Research Council, in collaboration with the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and co-funded by the European Union, ​is pleased to announce the launch of the DOROTHY COFUND programme. The programme will break down barriers between different academic disciplines by driving collaboration between researchers through funding research which will shed light on public health crises from wide-ranging perspectives. 25 fellows will be recruited through 36-month fellowships with all nationalities welcome, including all researchers based in Ireland.

Applications are now welcome. For details of the call, see the call documents in the right hand bar, and further information below.

The IRC hosted an online webinar 22 February 2022 to herald the launch of the DOROTHY call. The seminar included a keynote from Professor Trish Greenhalgh, followed by a panel discussion which included representatives from the Irish Research Council, the Health Research Board and the Environmental Protection Agency, discussing the many facets of dealing with public health crises from a research perspective

Scope and Focus
Public health crises are too complex to be tackled in silos. Responding to the need to equip European societies with experts who are specially trained to address these challenges in a cooperative fashion, we have designed DOROTHY COFUND to recruit, train and launch the careers of 25 excellent fellows through 36-month fellowships.

Fellowships will have an international outgoing phase of 18 months, followed by a return phase to Ireland of 18 months. Fellows will be encouraged to include a non-academic secondment. Two recruitment calls will be run. The programme will assist fellows in accelerating their careers through excellent training and networking opportunities in the Irish and EU innovation ecosystem.


DOROTHY is open to applicants from all nationalities, provided they haven’t resided in the outgoing phase country for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline and to all disciplines, provided that their research topic relates to public health crises. Applicants must be an Experienced Researcher (ER). The definition of ER in the H2020 MSCA programme will be applied: ERs must, at the call deadline, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

Application Process
Submissions will be via SmartSimple submission portal. Applications should be completed in English and include the applicant’s details, project description, ethics self-assessment form, applicant CV, IRC privacy notice.


Key Dates

Call Open23 March 2022 at 4pm (Irish time)
FAQ Deadline16 May 2022 at 4pm (Irish time)
Deadline for applications23 May 2022 at 4pm (Irish time)
Research Office verification7 June 2022 at 4pm (Irish time)
OutcomeAugust 2022

Further Information
Visit the official DOROTHY website for additional information on the call. Further information is available in the call specification documentation in the right hand bar.



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