Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) legal remit is to promote, develop and assist the carrying out of oriented basic and applied research in strategic areas of scientific endeavour that concern the future development and competitiveness of industry and enterprise in the State. As outlined in SFI’s Strategic Plan, Agenda 2020, the Foundation is committed to continuing its focus on funding excellent science that will deliver strongly on impact, thus realising significant benefits for the Irish economy and Irish society.
Innovation 2020 is Ireland’s five-year strategy on research and development, science and technology. This strategy sets out the roadmap for continuing progress towards the goal of making Ireland a Global Innovation Leader, driving a strong sustainable economy and a better society, underpinned by excellent research that is defined within six designated enterprise themes (ICT; Health and Medical; Food; Energy; Manufacturing and Materials; Services and Business Processes).
To support the future development and competitiveness of industry and enterprise in the State, SFI in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland (EI), is pleased to launch the Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) 2017.
Entrepreneurship is the motivation, attitude and skill to realise new opportunities and create economic and societal impact from them. Entrepreneurship is recognised as a powerful driver of economic growth and job creation. The National Policy Statement on Entrepreneurship in Ireland, sets out a number of strategic objectives to support Ireland’s ambition to be among the most entrepreneurial countries in the world. Innovation 2020 describes Ireland’s strategic vision to be a Global Innovation Leader and highlights the important role of entrepreneurship in the translation of knowledge between Research Performing Organisations and enterprise to deliver economic and societal impact. In this context, it is important that a flourishing entrepreneurial culture in RPOs is encouraged through the provision of supports that allow researchers to realise new and emerging opportunities for innovative ideas and to encourage researchers to pursue those opportunities by considering entrepreneurship as an alternative career path. In particular, SFI would like to encourage women to apply to this programme.
Towards achieving these objectives and in support of other national initiatives, SFI is seeking to fund researchers who are at the initial stages of developing a new or innovative technology, product, process or service with strong commercial potential.
Objectives of the TIDA Programme
- To demonstrate the feasibility of an innovative idea for further commercial exploitation
- To build demonstrators/prototypes
- To develop awareness of entrepreneurship and the commercialisation process
- To encourage movement from academia into enterprise activities
- To improve existing industrial processes
Purpose of the TIDA Programme
The TIDA is an SFI programme designed to enable researchers to focus on the initial stages of an applied research project which may have a commercial benefit if further developed. The TIDA programme enables researchers to demonstrate the technical feasibility of an applied research project directed toward the development of a new or innovative technology, product, process or service that has potential for further commercial development. In the context of supporting researchers who wish to pursue the commercialisation of a technology, TIDA offers a number of important features:
- Validation by independent international peer review process
- €100k in project funding for technology development
- Entrepreneurship and commercialisation training
Since the publication of the report of the National Research Prioritisation (NRP) Steering Group in 2012, which identified 14 priority research areas (that are now positioned within the six enterprise themes listed above), a more focused approach has been adopted in the public funding of research and innovation activity. Research prioritisation has concentrated the majority of Ireland’s competitive funding on areas deemed likely to yield greatest economic and societal impact. For this call, proposals must either be aligned to one of the 14 priority research areas or to any other area under SFI’s legal remit where there is convincing evidence that there will be significant potential for economic and/or societal impact. The applicant is required to complete a brief statement justifying how the proposed research aligns with SFI’s legal remit. This statement will be used to determine the eligibility of the application.
Duration: 12 months
Award Size: €100,000 direct costs
Under the TIDA 2017 call, proposals will be accepted from two different categories of applicant:
(A) Independent Investigator – Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) on a competitively awarded, internationally peer reviewed research grant secured/active over the last 5 years (2012 – 2017)
(B) Postdoctoral researchers (with a maximum of 8 years’ postdoctoral experience) currently funded under a competitively awarded, internationally peer reviewed research grant.
For further details on specific eligibility criteria and the application procedure, please review the TIDA 2017 call documentation for further details.
How to apply
For TIDA 2017, proposals will only be accepted through SESAME, SFI's online grants and awards management system.
The SESAME system is accessed using the following internet address: https://grants.sfi.ie
Access to SESAME is controlled by staff at the research office of your host research body. Please follow your internal organisational process to request this access. Please note that internal research body deadlines may apply prior to the official SFI TIDA deadline.
Please review the TIDA 2017 call documentation for further details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that response time for queries may be up to 5 working days
Note: SESAME will be open for submission of applications on 11th April 2017.
Researchers intending to act as a Lead Applicant on a proposal must first contact the Research Office of the intended host institution and provide preliminary information through a completed version of the Abstract Sheet found in Appendix D of the TIDA 2017 call document. This sheet provides a provisional title for the proposal and a brief scientific abstract (max. 200 words) that describes in high-level detail the main objectives of the research to be carried out.
Research Offices must provide SFI with a list of the Lead Applicants from their institution, and the associated titles and abstracts (using the Excel template here) by email (TIDA@sfi.ie) no later than the 19th of May 2017, 13:00 Dublin Local Time. Details regarding Mentors and Academic Collaborators are not required at this stage. Research Offices are strongly encouraged to liaise with their corresponding Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) during this process.
Call Launch 10th April 2017
Webinar 25th April 2017, 14:00 Dublin Local Time
Abstract Deadline 19th May 2017, 13:00 Dublin Local Time
Deadline for Full Proposal Submission 2nd June 2017, 13:00 Dublin Local Time
Funding Decision October 2017
TIDA 2017 Call Document(PDF)
TIDA 2017 FAQs (PDF)
TIDA 2017 Review Process (PDF)
TIDA 2017 Abstract Sheet (Word)
Host Institution Research Office Abstract Spreadsheet (xlsx)
CV Template (Word)
Guidance on Ethical and Scientific Issues (PDF)
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.
SFI hosted a webinar outlining the TIDA 2017 call and its application process on Tuesday 25th April 2017. This webinar was recorded and is available for viewing here. The webinar slides are available for download here
For programme-related queries please contact: Dr Stephen O’Driscoll at TIDA@sfi.ie