Key Dates

Date of Publication: Friday, 28 April 2017

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications: 13.00 hours (Irish time) on Friday, 23 June 2017

A recording of the webinar on evaluation conducted by Dr Eric Jensen of the University of Warwick, which was held on 12 June 2017, can be found here. A small number of questions were submitted during the webinar and the Q&A document can be found here.

A recording of the SFI Discover Programme Call 2017 webinar can be found here. Please note that the information on completing your application via SESAME (particularly the Budget section) can be found between 35 minutes and 55 minutes on this recording. The questions and answers from the webinar can be found here.

The Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme Call aims to support and develop science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education and public engagement sector in Ireland by:

  • investing in, developing and extending activity and ability in this area, and
  • exploring and encouraging novel means of engaging the public

The purpose of the Call is to support projects that encourage people of all ages and from all walks of life to be informed, inspired and involved in STEM.

Applications must clearly outline how the project will address Science Foundation Ireland’s goal to have an engaged and scientifically informed public in Ireland. An engaged public feels confident to:

  • understand the role of STEM in our lives
  • can judge between competing STEM arguments / engage in informed debate on STEM issues
  • encourage young people to study and work in STEM
  • feels engaged with STEM research

Projects should address this by showing how they:

  • promote and support STEM education
  • promote STEM career pathways
  • increase the general public’s engagement with STEM and its importance in society

Eligibility Criteria

The Call is open to a wide range of people and organisations, including mediators and practitioners of science communication; STEM festival organisers; science centres, museums and other cultural attractions; artists; educators; professionals and academics in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM); arts agencies; production companies; schools; local authorities (libraries, city/county councils etc.); universities and colleges; youth clubs; community groups; and research institutes.

Partnership projects (between different people and organisations, e.g. scientists and ethicists, educators and artists) are welcomed.

Proposals must be explicitly aimed at engaging audiences in the Republic of Ireland, however the subject matter can be international. Applications are welcome from organisations not based in the

Republic of Ireland; however, they must demonstrate in their application how the project will explicitly engage with their target audience in the Republic of Ireland.

Applicants are required to apply through an organisation, such as an academic institution, charitable body, not-for-profit organisation or commercial company and supply the required background and financial information requested in the application form. Please refer to the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme Call 2017 Call Document for full details.


Applications must be submitted via SESAME, Science Foundation Ireland’s Grants Award System. Log-in details are required to access SESAME. If you have SESAME log-in details from a previous call, you can log on using those details (use the Forgot Password functionality if required). If you do not have SESAME login details, please email the following information to A SESAME profile will be created for you and log-in details will be emailed to the email address provided.

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Email address

Additional Information

A User Guide for completion of applications under the SFI Discover Programme Call 2017 can be found here.

A template for the annual / final reports for projects funded under the SFI Discover Programme Call can be found here.


Any queries in relation to this call should be emailed to