Application Guidance & Call Timeline

 Indicative timeline for call for the SMART 4.0 Fellowship programme.  Note: the above dates are subject to change

SMART 4.0 programme will offer 16 Fellowships following 2 calls for proposals; n = 9 in Call 1 and n = 7 in Call 2

To aid proposal preparation, a dedicated Guide for Applicants has been prepared – it may be viewed here.

Call 1 will be published on 01-October-2019 and will remain open for 3 months (deadline: 31-December-2019).  The evaluation and selection process will last 4 months, end-to-end.  SMART 4.0 programme management aims to inform applicants of the ESR process evaluation outcome at different stages in the process (see ESR Process & Key Steps), with successful applicants receiving a Fellowship offer for Call 1 in April 2020.  Applicants have 1 week to accept or reject the Fellowship offer.  Call 1 Fellows are expected to be in situ in their respective hosting organisations from July-2020; Call 1 Fellowships will then conclude in June-2022.

Call 2 will be published on 01-July-2020 and will remain open for 3 months as for Call 1 (deadline: 30-September-2020).  The ESR process will be the same as for Call 1; Call 2 Fellows are expected to be in situ in their respective hosting organisations from April-2021; Call 2 Fellowships will then conclude in March-2023.  A reserve 3rd call will be issued in the unlikely event that the 16 fellowships have not been offered by January-2021.

The SMART 4.0 proposal must describe a 24-month project, to be implemented at one of the 6 academic partner institutions within CONFIRM Centre, including a 3‐month secondment to a non‐academic partner.  As per the ‘individually‐driven research’ principle, the applicants have free choice of topics, provided that it falls within the wide research area of smart manufacturing, consisting of but not limited to, autonomous/collaborative robotics, simulation, cyber‐physical systems, IIOT, cyber‐security, cloud computing, augmented reality, and big data.  All proposals will require an Ethical Self-Assessment to be performed.

Applicants may submit only one proposal per call; if unsuccessful, resubmission to any subsequent calls is very much encouraged.  All applications must be in English and must be prepared by the applicant, with the guidance of their proposed academic supervisor(s), which (a) deepens and widens their research skills and (b) helps drive

CONFIRM Centre’s trinity vision of:

  1. Research to develop future smart manufacturing technologies
  2. Talent & engaged public to change perception of manufacturing in Ireland, and
  3. Community of practice, to embrace the 4th Industrial revolution

All submissions must be made through the dedicated SMART 4.0 online proposal submission system, before or on the deadline.  Exceptions may be made for applicants with refugee status on a case by case basis.

Applicants must have the skills to implement the project (credibility of the project), yet the projects must take their skills further (enhancing research and innovation related skills) in order to augment career prospects.