The Standard Annual and Final Reporting Templates, which are available through the SESAME Grants and Awards Management System, ensure that progress on awards can be monitored against the specific objectives defined for the programme in which the award was made. The ‘deliverables’ on these objectives will contribute towards relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) outlined in SFI’s Agenda 2020. The Standard Report Template has been designed to cover awards arising from a wide range of programmes which are active in the SFI portfolio.
There are a number of sections to the Standard Report Template; some are self-explanatory and some require additional guidance, provided below:
Remit Area; Current Irish government policy mandates that the majority of public research funding is aligned with areas identified in the report of the National Research Prioritisation (NRP) Steering Group published in 2012. Therefore SFI request that all awardees select the most relevant NRP area from the drop down list provided. The research undertaken as part of your award may be in direct support of the area you chose. SFI acknowledges that the NRP areas may not be applicable to a small subset of awards. If this is relevant to your award, then select ‘Other’ which denotes Basic Biomedical Research, Minority Research or simply, another area not specified. Please familiarise yourself with the report before you complete this section.
Team Members: In this section, a field exists to track information on where team members gain employment once they leave the SFI award. This is relevant to the following KPI outlined in Agenda 2020. “By 2020, 50% of SFI trainees will be moving to industry as a first destination”. There are also questions relating to maternity leave of team members.
Scientific Information: In this section of the report, awardees are asked to report on scientific progress made over the year both in scientific and layman terms and to provide details on any deviations from the original work programme.
Academic Outputs: Awardees are asked to report on all refereed journal and conference publications and international presentations directly supported by the grant. SFI funding has produced high quality, high impact publications which have resulted in Ireland rising to the top 20 in international bibliometric rankings of repute. SFI’s Agenda 2020 sets a target for Ireland to maintain its position in the top rankings. SFI’s Agenda 2020 also sets a clear target for a SFI funded researcher to win a top tier international prize by 2020. In this section of the annual report, awardees are asked to report on all scientific awards received during the reporting period.
Education and Public Engagement (EPE) Awardees are asked to input details on education and public engagement (EPE) activities performed during the reporting period. Awardees are asked to provide details on any EPE activities which were run as part of the core SFI Discover programmes, including but not limited to: Discover Primary Science and Maths, Smart Futures and Science Week. In addition to this, any key accomplishments in EPE activities during the reporting period should be detailed. Gathering of this information will enable SFI Discover to develop case studies and exemplars of good practice for EPE activities amongst awardees and to establish a baseline of EPE activity within the community
Strategic Impact: In this section, awardees are provided with a list of 10 Impact ‘declarations’ or statements. At least one statement must be selected but awardees are encouraged to rank up to 5 statements, starting with the number 1 (being the most relevant). Awardees are then asked to provide more details justifying the statements selected. The Impact statements will help SFI to quantify the types of impacts coming from the various SFI programmes. In this section, awardees are also asked to provide details on any industry engagements.
1. The research conducted through my award has enabled me to leverage international funding through industry/collaborative research
2. The research conducted through my award has resulted in the start or expansion of a company which has resulted in the creation of high value jobs
3. The research conducted through my award has attracted developing and nurturing businesses, through for example, the licensing of technologies
4. The research conducted through my award has attracted international scientists and talented people
5. The research conducted through my award has resulted in a new policy being implemented and/or an improvement to the delivery of a public service
6. The research conducted through my award has resulted in societal impact by enhancing the quality of life and health of Irish citizens
7. The research conducted through my award has developed the country’s international reputation
8. The research conducted through my award has resulted in the creation of employment through the production of a highly educated and relevant workforce in demand by industry and academia
9. The research conducted through my award has impacted in other areas not reflected in the choices provided, for example by enhancing the creative output of Irish citizens
10. The research conducted through my award has not yet realised any significant Impact
Knowledge Transfer and Commercialisation Activities: Awardees are asked to input details on Invention disclosures filed; patents filed, granted or exploited; licensing agreements signed; ICT standards and spin out companies created. Gathering of this information will enable SFI to report against the following KPI:
Funding Diversification: The funding diversification fields in the annual report have been updated to include the most up to date funding streams such as Horizon 2020. Gathering of this information will enable SFI to report against the following KPIs:
This final standard report is the same as the annual standard report except for an additional table at the end which enables researchers to provide a summary of all activities for all years of the award. The final report (free text fields) should reflect any additional activities or updates which have not been reported on previously, for example, have arisen since the last calendar year report was submitted.