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The submission deadline for the Prendergast Challenge-Based Awards is 29th October 2021

These challenge-based awards are made possible through the generous philanthropic support of the Provost’s Council, a network of leading Trinity alumni and supporters who act as advisors to the College. Donations have been made in honour of the Provostship of Patrick Prendergast, and two awards will be made, each to the value of €600k.

Each award will enable a team of academics from different disciplinary backgrounds to recruit up to five PhD students to work on an impactful project addressing a global challenge. The awards recognize that global challenges are complex and driven by multiple and often overlapping phenomena that are best addressed by exploiting the collaborative expertise of multiple disciplines. This exciting initiative aims to foster innovative cross-disciplinary research inspired by the cluster areas in the EU Horizon Europe's Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness pillar.

The call is open to academic staff from Assistant to Professor grades and each team will be expected to demonstrate balance across career stage, disciplinary background and gender.

Full proposal submission will be expected by October 29th, 2021.

Successful projects will be expected to commence in September, 2022.

To find out more please visit the Prendergast Challenge-Based Awards page or email us at

Application Form (DOC) The Prendergast Challenge-based Awards Preliminary Call Details (PDF)