MedTrain call 1B has now closed to applications (submission deadline 18 April 2017). Eligible applications received in call 1 (submission deadline 30 November 2016) are also progressing through selection.

A further call for applications (call 2) will open in/prior to July 2017.

Please find below an outline of the application and selection process and the call documents, as well as the redress procedure and redress request form.

Application and Selection Process

MedTrain Call 1B (deadline extended)

MedTrain Call 1, Version 2

MedTrain Redress Request Form

Publication of the Fellowship Call

The application process starts with the publication of the call for proposals. The first call for applications was published on 23 August 2016 and closed on 30 November 2016. Call 1B was open from 27 February 2017 until the submission deadline of 18 April 2017. Both call documents are available to download above.

Preparation of the Application

Applicants are encouraged to start the process of preparing their application as early as possible. The first step is to identify the research area you are interested in and a potential CÚRAM host supervisor from the PIs listed in the 'Research Areas' section of the MedTrain website. You should work with the PI of your choosing to develop your project proposal. Following submission, a letter of support from a host supervisor is required in order for your proposal to progress to peer-review. During the application stage, the MedTrain host supervisor can help you to identify an appropriate secondment organisation and supervisor in the non-academic sector.

The online application system requires the input of personal details, project title, summary and keywords, proposed secondment host and supervisor, completion of an ethics questionnaire and applicant declarations (online forms). Applicants are also required to upload the following pdf documents:

  • Academic CV
  • Letter of commitment from secondment supervisor
  • Research proposal

Please refer to the templates in the Guide for Applicants. 

Submission of the Application

Applications must be submitted via the online application system on or before the call deadline (November 30 2016 for call 1, April 18 2017 for call 1B). In order to submit an application, all applicants need to register in the system. Each applicant will receive individual login details. Once registered, applicants can submit relevant information to the system, which will be stored there until they submit the application or decide to make changes to information recorded earlier. The online application system will automatically close at midnight Irish time on the submission date.

Assistance with any technical difficulties is available at http://support.exordo.com (online application system) or from the MedTrain Programme Manager medtrain@curamdevices.ie

Eligibility Checking

Once the online application system is closed, all applications will be checked for eligibility. All applicants will be informed of the results of eligibility checking. If an application is found to be ineligible, applicants will be provided with an explanation of the grounds for ineligibility.

Ethics Checking

All eligible proposals in which ethics issues are raised will be reviewed by the NUI Galway Research Ethics Committee. Please refer to the Guide for Applicants for further information on ethics checking.

International Peer-Review

Each eligible application will undergo external international peer-review. Three independent experts (Peer Review Panel) will evaluate each proposal in line with the evaluation criteria described in the Guide for Applicants.

Ranking of Applications

The peer-review stage will end with a consensus meeting via teleconferencing where the Peer-Review Panel will discuss the average allocated scores and agree the ranking list of applicants.

Interviews of Top Scoring Candidates

A number of top scoring candidates will be invited to the next phase, a competency interview by an Interview Panel. The final mark for each candidate will be comprised of the score for the written proposal (75% weighting) and the interview (25% weighting).

Final Funding Decision

The MedTrain Steering Committee will endorse the final funding decision based on the recommendations of the Peer-Review Panel and Interview Panel.

Fellowship Offers to Successful Candidates

Human Resources will issue letters of offer to successful candidates based on the final funding decision of the Steering Committee. The Programme Manager will provide feedback to all applicants.

Redress Procedure

All candidates have a right to a redress procedure if they feel that there has been a shortcoming in the way their proposal was evaluated and that this shortcoming may affect the final decision on whether to fund it or not, or if they believe that the results of the eligibility checks are incorrect. To avail of that procedure the applicant needs to submit a request for redress within 15 working days of receiving feedback of the eligibility check or proposal evaluation. Requests must be sent by email to medtrain@curamdevices.ie using the redress form available above. Redress requests will be examined by a Redress Committee. Please see the Redress Request Form or Guide for Applicants for further details.