The SFI Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) Programme provides an opportunity for excellent early-career-stage investigators to carry out independent research in the fields of science and engineering that underpin biotechnology, information and communications technology, and sustainable energy and energy-efficient technologies. The award also provides funding for a postgraduate student, who will be primarily supervised by the Starting Investigator (SI). The SI will work with an associated mentor, who will provide the necessary support and infrastructure for the project to take place. SIRG awards are of €400,000 direct costs for a period of four years; 18 awards are expected to be funded through this Call, which is partly funded through the Marie Curie COFUND Programme. Transnational mobility is a new objective of the SIRG programme. Consequently, a significant number of awards in this Call will be offered to “transnational applicants”.
To allow early-career investigators who have been employed outside of Ireland to return to work in an Irish HEI.
The SI applicant must:
A ‘transnational applicant’ will be a researcher of any nationality (including Irish) who has not resided in Ireland for more than a total of 12 months in the three years prior to the call deadline.
All other eligible candidates, regardless of their nationality, will be considered as ‘national applicants’.
Research Bodies will be required to submit a list of approved applicants to SFI, which will be made up of approximately two-thirds transnational applicants and one-third national applicants; for full details please refer to the call document.
Call open for institutional submission of proposals 3 May 2011
Institutional submission of approved applicants list 17 August 2011, 13:00
Deadline for submission of two-part proposal 31 August 2011, 13:00
An information webinar (web-based seminar) on the SIRG programme took place at 11am on Friday, May 13th, 2011. A technical problem occurred with the recording of this webinar and we are unable to make it available to view online. The presentation the webinar was based on, however, is available here (PDF presentation). An updated list of FAQs will also be made available shortly.
SFI reserves the right to make amendments to the documents if required. Please ensure that you are referring to the most recent version of the Call document and FAQs. Research Offices will be contacted in the event of any updates to the call document.
As detailed in the SFI SIRG Programme call, potential applicants must first contact the Research Office of the intended host institution, who will coordinate a process to obtain a list of approved applicants. Proposals will only be accepted as a single submission in the form of a two-part proposal (two separate PDF documents). Applicants should follow the instructions detailed in the Call document to complete the various sections of the application.
For further information on the SIRG programme, please contact SIRG@sfi.ie