Contact details of the institution hosting the BHO
Irish Universities Association (IUA)
The national network in Ireland consists of one BHO and seven LoCPs based at the seven universities in Ireland. However, there is also a national voluntary network of over 40 members which are based at the 14 Institutes of Technology, including representatives from a wide range of research-active organisations, industry and their representatives.
There is one BHO in Ireland.
The Irish Universities Association (IUA) is the representative body for Ireland’s seven universities and acts as the national BHO for the EURAXESS network in Ireland. The organisation works with and on behalf of the universities to develop strategies and associated actions to advance third and fourth-level education and research.
EURAXESS Services Centres
There are no ESCs in Ireland.
Local Contact Points
There are seven LoCPs in Ireland.
National funding of the EURAXESS Services Network
The Office of Science and Technology (OST) within the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (DETI and the Irish Universities Association are committed to providing funding to ensure the sustainability of the network in Ireland. As the LoCPs are voluntary and based at the universities to provide services to researchers, they do not receive any funding.
Declaration of Commitment (DoC)
The Declaration of Commitment was signed by the BHO and the seven university-based LoCPs.
Target groups of the Bridgehead Organisation
- researchers and families
- EURAXESS Ireland network
- SG HRM, European Commission
- Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation
- Immigration Policy Division
- government departments and agencies
- national authorities
- research organisations
- funding agencies
- administrative personnel
- HR and research managers
- relevant media contacts
Target groups of the Local Contact Points
- researchers and families moving to or based in the local institution
- national and regional immigration departments
- Irish EURAXESS network colleagues
Structure of the national network
There are two people employed in the EURAXESS Ireland BHO: one full-time employee whose tasks include management of the Hosting Agreement Scheme, and another person on a part-time basis who has several IUA HR commitments. Both participate in EC-funded projects such as EURAXESS TOP, ERAMIND and MOREBRAIN. In addition to the helpdesk and portal, the office manages the Hosting Agreement Scheme that enables fast tracking of non-EU researchers and their families to Ireland.
The informal collaboration and cultural approach in Ireland has been a key factor in attracting and incorporating expertise from the broadest possible mix (from academia, industry and research-active organisations), as well as traditionally non-communicative government departments to the national EURAXESS network of 40 members, including LoCPs. Network training and information workshops are organised every six months or on an ad-hoc basis when the need arises, for instance, due to developments with the Hosting Agreement Scheme.
Network members are regularly encouraged to provide input of organised information in advance of training sessions and to request experts or guest speakers. Members are asked to submit experiences and case studies for inclusion at seminars and workshops.
- Full-time equivalent staff:
- Number of persons:
- BHO: 1.6
- BHO: 2
- ESC: n/a
- ESC: n/a
- LoCP: Voluntary
- LoCP: 12 in 7 universities
Relationship and communication between the BHO, the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility for Researchers (SG HRM), the National Contact Points (NCPs) and the Programme Committee
BHO: Irish Universities Association
SG HRM: two delegates from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation and from the Irish Universities Association
NCP: Irish Universities Association
Programme Committee: Irish Universities Association
EURAXESS Ireland and the national portal are seen by the government and the universities as a key part in advancing the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI 2006-2013).
The BHO is funded by the Office of Science and Technology (OST) within the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (DETI) and an ongoing dialogue is held between both organisations. Meetings take place informally on a regular basis and annually to define objectives and funding. The EURAXESS office also supports the DETI in EU and national policy development in the area of Researcher Careers and Mobility. The IUA SG HRM delegate is currently charging a European Working Group to develop the broad set of descriptors for researchers. This is being done in the context of the European Research Partnership.
Both the SG HRM and the NCP are based at the IUA, thus ensuring a regular flow of communication with the BHO. The SG HRM oversees the BHO function as part of his activities, ensuring a strong commitment to the EURAXESS function.