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Kinsella Challenge-based E3 Multi-disciplinary Project Awards

Global challenges are by their nature complex, and driven by multiple and often overlapping phenomena that can only be addressed effectively using cross-disciplinary approaches. This new Trinity funding initiative strives to foster excellent and innovative cross-disciplinary scientific research that is inspired by the E3 global challenges or perspectives. It will do this by fostering teams of academic staff across the E3 schools with synergies with research conducted in other areas e.g. the arts, humanities, social sciences, medicine and/or health sciences, working on the same global challenge, and supporting them to deliver balanced and cross-disciplinary solutions through the development of PhD talent.

Three research teams comprising academics from different disciplinary backgrounds will each be awarded €500k, to recruit a cohort of PhD students working on complementary projects. The funding is for up to five years, starting from September 2021. 

These E3 Awards are made possible through the philanthropic support of Eric & Barbara Kinsella. Mr Kinsella is the Chairman of Jones Engineering Group and a Trinity engineering graduate. E3 is one of the flagship projects of Trinity’s Inspiring Generations Campaign.

Full details of the call, including eligibility, criteria, and how to apply are in the Call Document. In order to assist the assessment process, applicants are requested to submit a Declaration of Intent, however this is not mandatory.


Declaration of Intent (optional): Mon 15th March – 17:00 Full applications: Wed 31st March – 17:00


The following two events have been scheduled to provide information and networking opportunities relating to this call:

•             Information Workshop: Thursday 25th February 2021 at 11am – this workshop is for PIs from E3 Schools (Natural Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science & Statistics) only.

The purpose of the event is to:
o             Talk through the application, its ethos, deadlines and stages.
o             Prepare and focus potential E3 lead- or co- PIs considering or in the process of writing their proposals.
o             To allow an opportunity for questions regarding the call.

For a link to a recording of this event please contact

•             Brokerage Event: Monday 8th March at 11am – this workshop is open to any Trinity College Dublin PI.

The purpose of this event is to:
o             allow all cross-faculty and interested parties to “pitch” ideas using the template slides (see below)
o             Identify cross-disciplinary partnerships.

Further information on the format of this event and instructions on how to register will be made available shortly.  Templates for ‘pitching’ slides can be found under Documents below.


Call Document

Declaration of Intent Form

Application Cover Form

E3 Slide Template – PI – for those interested in leading a proposal. Please return templates to Patrick Lansley:

E3 Slide Template – co-PI –for those interested in partnering on a proposal. Please return templates to Patrick Lansley: