Programme overview

Attracting outstanding research talent to Ireland is one of the principal ambitions of SFI. The recruitment of world-leading scientists and engineers will help to build the national research base and enhance Ireland’s reputation as a location to carry out high-impact, high-quality research.

The SFI Research Professorship Programme supports national strategic priorities by assisting Research Bodies in the recruitment of world-leading researchers for Professorial Chairs, or similar research leadership positions in targeted scientific areas in all areas within SFI’s legal remit. The programme may also act as a mechanism to support the recruitment of individuals who possess a strong industry background, as well as for senior roles in SFI Research Centres or other centres of scale.

The purpose of the SFI Research Professorship Programme is to recruit outstanding, world-renowned research and leadership talent to Ireland to help build the national research and enterprise base, to enhance Ireland’s reputation as a global leader in scientific and engineering research, discovery and innovation, and to provide inspiration by catalysing new research activities. The ambitions of the appointed SFI Research Professor will not only be consistent with the strategic plans of the host Research Body, but will also need to align with Ireland’s strategic objectives and its national research and innovation priorities.

Given the outstanding nature of the individuals that this programme is intended to support (examples of recent SFI Research Professorship Programme awardees can be found here), submission of Full Proposals will be by invitation only following completion of an Expression-of-Interest phase, in which both the Research Body and the proposed recruit are required to clearly describe their planning for, and commitment to, the creation of a highly influential and important professorial-level position, from both an academic and strategic standpoint. Funding of up to €5M (direct costs) will be provided to each successful applicant for a five-year programme of work.


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