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Policies and Procedures


University of Limerick Code of Conduct for Employees

University of Limerick Research Integrity Policy

Intellectual Property Policy

IUA national policy statement on ensuing research integrity in Ireland.

Equality & Diversity Policy

Policy for Private Consultancy and External Commercial Works

Clinical Research Policy For UL Sponsored Regulated Clinical Trials

Procedures & Forms

Conflicts of Interest –Protocol and Procedures relating to Research Activities

Proposal Authorisation Form

Research Finance forms

Research Recruitment

Criteria for designation of University Research Institutes & Centres

Structures and Management of Priority Research Centres

Procedure for the allocation of research overheads

Postgraduate Admissions Process

Management and Monitoring of Research Postgraduate Students

Campus Company Procedures

Intellectual Property Management Process

Nexus Client Management Process

Research Funding

Declaration of Interests


Authorship and Publications Guidance Note

Research Contract and Managment

The policy and FAQ documents below outline the University of Limerick's policy on the management of research contracts.

Research Contract Management

FAQs - Research Contract Management

Recruiting Research Funded Staff

The information below contains the guidelines and documentation required to advertise and recruit research staff into the University of Limerick.

The relevant policy for the recruitment of researchers is the Recruitment/Appointment Procedures for Research Staff. To initiate the recruitment process the principal investigator should complete the current version of the relevant recruitment pack:

Recruitment Pack - Research Assistant

Recruitment Pack - Postdoctoral Researcher

Recruitment Pack - Research Fellow

Recruitment Pack - Senior Research Fellow

A soft copy of the recruitment pack including the relevant logos required should be emailed to As a principal investigator, you should obtain the relevant signatures on the recruitment pack. Once the completed recruitment pack is received by Human Resources Research (Office D-1044) the position will be advertised. As the principal investigator, you will receive a copy of the advertisement from HR to approve before the advertisement goes live.

The recruitment process is a three-step process and involves screening, shortlisting and interview as detailed in the Recruitment/Appointment Procedures for Research Staff.  Details of the selection board composition requirements are also detailed in the Recruitment/Appointment Procedures for Research Staff. In line with Athena Swan requirements, both genders must have a minimum 30% representation on every Selection Board.  The recruitment process is coordinated by HR including video conferencing for international candidates. The current salary scales for researchers are available here.

The University of Limerick strongly supports new recruits who may meet the criteria for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships. The University of Limerick welcomes Marie Curie fellows annually especially to our Research Institutes and Centres which provides excellent research mentoring, facilities and a welcoming environment for all researchers. Our Research Support Services offers practical assistance with the preparation of your proposal. New hires who may potentially meet the criteria for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships should commence employment in late September (where feasible) to allow adequate time for preparing and submitting their Marie Curie proposals. Further information is available here.

For assistance or further information in relation to recruitment please contact the HR Officer Research,, Tel: 061-233733.

Research Job Evaluation

The information below pertains to the Job Evaluation Process for Research Staff at the University of Limerick.

Eligible research staff who wish to have their post evaluated may do so by completing the Job Evaluation Application Form below and sending to HR Officer Research, Room D-1044.

Job Evaluation Application Form

Please see the Job Evaluation Guidance notes for further details on completing the Job Evaluation Application Form:

Guidance Notes

The document below identifies the key components of each research role in the University and provides a structure for writing a role profile.

Research Staff Role Profiles

A process map outlining the job evaluation process for research staff is available here:

Process Map - Job Evaluation for Research