Career Development and Mobility Doctoral Fellowships in Medical Device Research and Development: A CÚRAM Industry-Academia Training Initiative

MedDevDoc is the Industry-Academia Training, Career Development and Mobility Studentship Programme at CÚRAM, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre for Medical Devices. The MedDevDoc Programme aims to train doctoral candidates in multidisciplinary, intersectoral, and transferable skills for next-generation medical device development. Students will be based at one of ten CÚRAM academic organisations: University of Galway (GALWAY), University College Dublin (UCD), The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University of Limerick (UL), Dublin City University (DCU), Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), University College Cork (UCC), National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) and Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin). CÚRAM's industry partners (associated partners) will supervise and train students during intersectoral secondments. MedDevDoc students will be recruited across two calls over the four-year duration of the programme (2024-2028). The first call for applications (15 fellowships) opens in the first week of January 2024.

CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre in Medical Devices, is a national, SFI-funded, €68.4m research centre based out of the University of Galway. CÚRAM's prime objective is to radically improve health outcomes for patients by developing innovative implantable 'smart' medical devices to treat primary unmet medical needs. CÚRAM industry partners include Irish companies and multinationals in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology sectors. CÚRAM's vision is to be a global leader in creating and translating clinic-ready and patient-focused medical devices, develop the next generation of industry-relevant, publicly engaged researchers, and become an anchor for industry-applicable research.

The MedDevDoc Programme is part of the Marie Skłodowksa-Curie Actions (MSCA), a European Commission funding program under Horizon Europe. Named after the double Nobel prize-winning Polish-French scientist Marie Skłodowksa-Curie, MSCA offer excellent and innovative research training, attractive career development, and knowledge-exchange opportunities across borders and sector, e.g., academia and industry, Marie Skłodowksa-Curie Fellowships are internationally recognised as a mark of research excellence.

This project has received funding from Horizon Europe's Excellent Science programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action, grant agreement No: 101126640