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Dr Amir Tabakovic

Strategic Research Proposal Coordinator


Phone: +353 (0)1 220 5181

Mobile: +353 (0)864182438


Research Interests

Amir is a Materials Engineer who has worked in research for the past 16 years. His research interests include: self-healing technology for asphalt pavements (roads), material testing (the evaluation of material behaviour) and numerical modelling (the evaluation of material performance).

Amir was awarded his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin in 2007 after which he worked as Postdoctoral Researcher at UCD, between 2008 – 2014. Focus of his postdoctoral work at UCD was development and evaluation of asphalt recycling techniques. In 2014 Amir was awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship for a project focussed on ‘Self-Healing Asphalt for Road Pavements’ (SHARP), which he completed at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) 2015-16. His research on the SHARP project involved developing self-healing technology for asphalt pavements - repairing damage (cracks) within the asphalt by releasing rejuvenator (healing agent) encapsulated within compartmented alginate fibres.

Throughout his research career Amir has developed a strong international network of expert collaborators. Amir is a member of national and international technical committees which inform the development of asphalt standards:

  • RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems, and Structures) technical committee on asphalt crack healing, and
  • Irish NSAI National Standards committees on asphalt pavement design.

Additional Information

Dr. Tabaković is a Strategic Research Proposal Coordinator at DITs Research Enterprise and Innovation office. As Strategic Research Proposal Coordinator Amir is responsible for strategic support and coordination of pre-award research proposals planning and development and in general promotion research across the DIT.
The central role of the post is to help DIT research managers plan in advance and manage research proposals of scale, for example:

  • Strategic Institution level proposals that might arise through PRTLI for example.
  • Proposals of scale where DIT is the coordinator of the proposal (including H2020, ERC, etc).
  • Clusters of large proposals such as CDA, SIRG, FIRM where DIT is submitting several proposals within a programme call.
  • Planned application campaigns by PIs or Centres where the plan is complex and consists mainly of large projects or may be leading towards the establishment of centres of scale such as SFI Centres.