National Contact Point for European Research Council (ERC) (SSH panels) and Cluster 2 (Culture, creativity and inclusive society) for Ireland

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Ireland,
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Aug 2021

Funded by the Irish Research Council and based at the Irish Universities Association

Locations: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Job Type: Full-Time

Salary: in the region of €50,000,commensurate with experience

IUA – Irish Universities Association under partnership with the Irish Research Council (IRC)

Ireland’s engagement in Horizon Europe is coordinated via a national network comprising the National Contact Points (NCPs) and National Delegates for the various elements of the framework programme. The Irish Research Council (IRC) is responsible for the provision of the National Contact Point (NCP) for ERC (SSH panels) and for the NCP for Cluster 2 (Culture, creativity, and inclusive society), including related missions and partnerships. The IRC has entered into an agreement with the Irish Universities Association (IUA) to host the ERC / Cluster 2 NCP officer for a period of 2 years and support the provision of service on behalf of the IRC across Ireland’s national research system. Given alignment between ERC and MSCA under Pillar 1 and the cross-cutting issues that feature in Horizon Europe, the NCP will be based in the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office (IMSCO) at the IUA while working closely with and under the guidance of the National Delegate/National Expert for Cluster 2/ERC in the IRC.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with significant experience in EU R&D funding who has substantial professional experience in a research funder, research support or research administration role. NCPs promote awareness of their respective Horizon Europe programmes across the research community and support current, potential & future applicants providing a “conception to completion” service

The successful candidates must possess a primary degree as a minimum and have a detailed understanding of the research eco-system and European framework programmes. 

About the IUA, the IRC and the IMSCO

The IUA is the representative body of the university sector in Ireland, supporting our members in developing sectoral policies and strategies. The IUA also provides shared services in researcher mobility, engagement, access and internationalisation across Ireland’s higher education sector.

The IRC supports excellence in research talent, knowledge and engagement. It operates multi-million-euro research funding initiatives, which support talented researchers across all disciplines and career stages. The IRC plays a key role in the research landscape in developing researchers who will be successful in European research funding framework programmes, in particular within the Excellent Science and Challenge-orientated pillars.

The IMSCO supports access by Irish higher education, public and private sector organisations to the MSCA under Horizon Europe and supports applicants in preparing competitive funding proposals to MSCA Calls. Due to the success of the IMSCO under Horizon 2020 it is now expanding under Horizon Europe and will include the NCP for ERC (SSH panels) and Cluster 2 in addition to two NCPs for MSCA.


Applicants are invited to send a detailed but concise CV and cover letter (max 500 words), demonstrating the competencies and experience relevant to the job spec, by email by CoB Monday 16th August 2021 to:

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Applications submitted by or through third parties, including recruitment agencies, will be rejected.

The IUA is an equal opportunities employer.

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