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The Prendergast Challenge-based Multi-disciplinary Project Awards

The Prendergast challenge-based Multi-disciplinary Project Awards

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.


It is with great pleasure we announce the launch of an exciting new research opportunity, the Prendergast Challenge-Based Project Awards. 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 Clusters are:

  • Civil Security for Society
  • Climate, Energy and Mobility
  • Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society
  • Digital, Industry and Space
  • Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment
  • Health

These clusters are, in turn, part of the EU’s commitment to implement the Paris Agreement adopted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the 'Paris Agreement') and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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

Cover Form (DOC)

Application Form (DOC)

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


If you would like some more information around networking across Faculties, please contact for the Faculties of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering, Maths and Sciences, and Lena Doherty for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Information Session 10/09/2021

Introduction from the Dean of Graduate Studies

Introduction slides from the The Dean of Graduate Studies (PPT)

Horizon Europe Presentation (Doris Alexander)

Horizon Europe Presentation (Doris Alexander) (PPT)

Useful Resources:

Horizon Europe introduction explanation:  Horizon Europe introduction (
Horizon Europe specific programme - Publications Office (
EC Horizon Europe website - information on clusters and link to a presentation: Horizon Europe | European Commission (

SHAPE-ID -SHAPE-ID is an EU funded project addressing the challenge of improving interdisciplinary cooperation between the Arts, Humanities and Social Science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and other disciplines.  The project has produced a toolkit which is available at: and which offers practical tools and resources to help researchers, research organisations, funders, policymakers, and societal partners make informed decisions about developing and supporting inter-and transdisciplinary research.