About Process

The goal of the PROCESS programme is to deliver world-class training and research opportunities to post-doctoral Fellows, in order to increase Europe’s critical mass in the field of advanced manufacturing.


We aim to meet the growing global demand for innovative solutions in the processing sector.

Skilled engineers and researchers are essential to lead and drive transformational changes - dairy and pharmaceutical sectors in particular need to build and develop expertise in continuous processing, flexibility and process understanding.

It is crucial that the Irish and EU manufacturing sector optimises the potential in continuous particulate processing and advanced manufacturing to remain globally competitive.

The PROCESS COFUND programme will fund 26 two-year Career Development Fellowships, based at the University of Limerick (UL). PROCESS will run two calls over the 60 months duration of the Programme and will include a mandatory 3-6 month secondment with a non-academic partner.  A third call may be opened, if needed and subject to funding.

PROCESS is co-funded by the EU Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions COFUND Programme, and four Research Centres – DPTC, PMTC, SSPC and Confirm – all hosted at UL.  

Benefits for Fellows
  • Provide a cutting-edge research environment to develop PROCESS researchers as the scientific leaders of tomorrow.

  • Deliver high quality, tailor-made scientific training to equip Fellows with skills and experience to meet their career goals and address contemporary skill gaps.

  • Provide excellent training in transferable skills,

  • Provide industry-specific training and placements in the dairy and pharmaceutical sectors.

  • Provide an attractive and supportive working environment.


Benefits for Academic and Industrial Hosts
  • Strengthen and raise the excellence and impact of European particulate processing and advanced manufacturing research.

  • Build partnerships between academia and industry.

  • Opportunity for industry to shape training component to ensure Fellows graduate with industry-relevant skills to fill the growing needs of the food and pharma sectors.

  • Innovation based on a deeper understanding of key technologies with interdisciplinary knowledge sharing and transfer.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801165.