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SFI Research Infrastructure Access Charge Plans

1. Guidelines for Preparing a Research Infrastructure Access Charge Plan

Last Updated: June 2016

Science Foundation Ireland recognises the importance of sustainability planning to enable research bodies to maintain research infrastructure. It is therefore critical that maximum usage of infrastructure is planned, and an appropriate access charge plan is put in place.

In order to support widespread infrastructural sustainability within the Irish STEM research community, Science Foundation Ireland allows grant applications under its various programmes to include requests for infrastructure access charges to support research programme aims. However, the Foundation will only fund Research Body-managed infrastructure charges once a pre-approved access charge plan is in place. These Research Infrastructures could be SFI funded; however, the Foundation will also accept the submission of access charge plans for non-SFI funded Research Infrastructure. Please note that once access charge plans are approved, the Foundation will not apply access charges retrospectively to its awarded grants. 

View Guidelines for Preparing a Research Infrastructure Access Charge Plan in PDF format

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2. SFI Approved Access Charges

Last Updated: January 2017

Access charges may be sought for use of infrastructure where SFI pre-approved access charge plans are in place.  In Grant applications, access-charge requests must be included as a separate line item in the materials & consumables section of the budget and where relevant must include the infrastructure grant code (where relevant) and name of the relevant infrastructure to be used.

Charges for access to facilities and services not directly available to the applicant, such as the costs associated with commissioning specific experiments in research facilities and National Testbeds (e.g. ICHEC, Tyndall, CRANN etc.) may be requested where SFI pre-approved access charge plans are in place and/or where strongly justified.

A listing of current SFI Approved Access Charge plans and associated key contacts can be found here.

Any queries relating to access charges should be addressed to infrastructure@sfi.ie.