SFI’s international policy seeks to support the pillars of “Powering the Smart Economy”, SFI’s Strategy for 2009-2013, through seven inter-related areas of activity which are all underpinned by international collaboration. These areas have been selected to enhance SFI’s key goal of supporting excellence in research which has both direct and indirect benefits to the development of the Irish economy.
- Develop industrial and academic linkages in IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland’s key target markets
- Strengthen links with relevant international IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland offices
- Recruit high-calibre researchers to Ireland
- Facilitate collaborations with world-class centres of research excellence
- Raise international awareness and recognition of Irish science and high-quality research
- Leverage SFI funding to secure funding from international sources, with a particular emphasis on supporting researchers to access EU funding and networks
- Learn from other countries that have focussed on R&D and innovation as key national policies
"SFI funded researchers engaged in almost 1,700 academic collaborations in 2010 with international partners"
SFI works closely with the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation (DEJI), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the other development agencies, Enterprise Ireland (EI) and IDA Ireland, in implementing this strategy.
For further information on SFI’s international engagement, please contact:
Dr Ruth Freeman, Director, Enterprise and International Affairs:
Email email@example.com Tel + 353 (0) 1 6073240
Ciara Cotter, Enterprise and International Affairs Executive:
Email Ciara.Cotter@sfi.ie + 353 (0) 1 6073211