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SFI Spokes Programme 2014 – Fixed and Rolling Call


Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is pleased to launch the SFI Spokes Programme 2014. This programme is a vehicle to enable the addition of new industrial and academic partners and projects to a SFI Research Centre, so allowing the Centre to expand and develop in line with new priorities and opportunities. This will ensure that the Research Centre retains its ability to do cutting edge research and its industrial relevance, and so enhance its sustainability. The Spokes programme also provides a vehicle to link together, in a meaningful and relevant way, different Research Centres. The Programme has been designed to deliver excellent basic, oriented research results and discoveries in targeted projects associated with SFI Research Centres and hence will deliver significant economic and societal impact during the lifetime of the programme.

Like the SFI Research Centres, the SFI Spokes programme will help link scientists and engineers in partnerships across academia and industry to address crucial research questions, foster the development of new and existing Ireland-based technology companies, attract industry that could make an important contribution to Ireland and its economy, and expand educational and career opportunities in Ireland in science and engineering.

Like the previous iteration of the call, the Spokes Programme 2014 will run as both a fixed and rolling call.

Fixed Call

The Spokes Fixed call will be an open competition for a planned amount of funding from SFI’s budget, with a fixed deadline for applications.  A minimum budgetary contribution of 30% will be required from industry, which can be composed of both in-kind and cash contributions; the cash contribution must be a minimum of 10% of the total award size, in line with the cost-share criteria of the main Research Centres call.

The deadline for submission of proposals for the fixed call is 16th December 2014 13:00 GMT. There is no pre-proposal stage.

Rolling Call

The Spokes Rolling call will remain open, with no closing date (until further notice), to allow Research Centres to apply for funding at any time for new collaborative research projects with an industry partner(s).

To apply for a Spokes award under the rolling call mechanism, the industry partner (or partners) must make a minimum 50% cash contribution to the research programme. 

The high industry cost-share component of the Spokes Rolling Call reflects the importance and urgency of the programme to industry and conveys the following advantage to this track:

•     Timing of the application submission is determined by the applicants and not SFI

•     Relatively quick turnaround (‘fast track’) of the submitted proposal

•     Assessment of the proposal on its own merit and not in competition with other proposals

•     Applications that are deemed fundable by scientific and impact assessment will be funded

Please refer to the Programme Call Document for full details


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.

How to apply:

As detailed in the Spokes 2014 Programme Call for Proposals, all proposals are to be submitted via SESAME, SFI’s online grants and awards management system.

If accessing SESAME for the first time, researchers should contact their local Research Office to be set up on this system.

SESAME information web page:

Queries on the SESAME management system should first be directed to your Institute’s Research Office. If still unresolved, queries should be e-mailed to be aware that response time for queries may be up to 5 working days

For programme-related queries please contact


SFI hosted a webinar on Wednesday 15th October 2014 at 2pm to discuss the main points of the SFI Spokes Programme 2014. The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday 16th December 2014 at 13:00 GMT.

To listen to the Webinar please click here.