SFI provides grants for researchers from around the world who wish to relocate to Ireland and those already based in Ireland, for outstanding investigators, for conferences and symposia, and for collaboration with industry. The majority of SFI awards are in the fields of science and engineering underpinning three Government-prioritised industrial sectors: biotechnology (Bio), information and communications technology (ICT) and sustainable energy and energy-efficient technologies. Proposals are evaluated in open competitions via a combination of international peer review and strategic fit with SFI’s mission. In addition to the principles espoused by SFI’s core values, SFI uses the following principles in reaching its funding decisions: value for money, strategic impact, efficient use of the peer review system, internationalisation, critical mass, cohesion with other funding streams, and availability of funding.
SFI has a flexible grants and awards portfolio and several times a year issues calls for proposals from scientists and engineers.
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In general, all calls for proposals to SFI are submitted by a host Irish Research Body (typically an Irish University or Institute of Technology).
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Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) would like to formally notify its stakeholders that participation and success in international research funding competitions will become a formal evaluation criterion in the majority of SFI funding programmes.
Exact details will be provided as new programme calls are released but it is expected that marks will be awarded to proposals where applicants can demonstrate success in securing grants from international research funding competitions.
In line with national policy, SFI plans to drive up Irish participation and success in international funding programmes as it increases international collaboration, enhances international competitiveness and diversifies the research funding base.
Please click here for further information on international research grant opportunities.
In very exceptional circumstances SFI may fund ad hoc supplements to existing awards/award holders. The intention of such supplements is to capitalise on high-gain opportunities not foreseen at the time of the original grant application process. Such supplements will only be considered on a truly exceptional basis and will be processed through SFI’s Executive Committee.
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