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Science Foundation Ireland Programmes with an International Focus

Science Foundation Ireland has a number of programmes with an international focus:


The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) - National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) partnership is the first call for proposals under the Science Foundation Ireland International Partnership Programme. The SFI-NSFC Partnership will fund excellent and innovative projects in priority areas of relevance to both the Republic of Ireland and to the People’s Republic of China. Proposals submitted to the programme will include a joint collaborative programme of research prepared by a leading academic in Ireland alongside a leading academic partner based in China.


US-Ireland R&D Partnership Programme  

This programme partners scientists and engineers across academia and industry in order to address crucial research questions; to foster new and existing industrial research activity that could make an important contribution to the respective economies; and to expand educational and research career opportunities in science and engineering.


NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW)

This is a cooperation agreement between Science Foundation Ireland and US funding agency, National Science Foundation (NSF), which allows NSF Graduate Research Fellows to carry out research visits in selected Irish research centres.


NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

PIRE is an NSF-wide programme that supports international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyse a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community and SFI strongly supports the involvement of researchers from the Republic of Ireland in such international consortia. 



The SFI/NSF I-Corps@SFI Entrepreneurial Training Programme is intended to support SFI funded researchers to develop entrepreneurial skills that will enable them to realise new opportunities for their research that will, in turn, lead to economic and societal impact. The programme will support the participation of SFI teams in the NSF I-Corps Curriculum which is an immersive entrepreneurial training programme built on a special, accelerated version of Stanford University's Lean LaunchPad course developed by Steve Blank


BBSRC-Science Foundation Ireland Joint Funding of Research

BBSRC and Science Foundation Ireland have entered an agreement to welcome, encourage and support research applications that cut across national boundaries involving collaborative teams led by researchers from the UK and Ireland.


Royal Society – Science Foundation Ireland University Research Fellowship

This scheme is for outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their research career and wish to carry out research in third level institutions in Ireland.  The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine and any researcher addressing a direct biomedical question.


SFI-HRB Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership

Science Foundation Ireland  and the Health Research Board will co-fund with the Wellcome Trust successful biomedical and clinical science applications to carry out research in third level institutions in Ireland. 


Science Foundation Ireland Research Professorship Programme 

This programme assists research bodies in their recruitment of world-leading researchers for Professorial Chairs, or similar research leadership positions in targeted scientific areas within the areas of Science Foundation Ireland funding remit.


The President of Ireland Future Research Leaders Programme

The President of Ireland Future Research Leaders programme is a recruitment-only programme designed to attract to Ireland outstanding new and emerging research leaders in both scientific and engineering domains, where candidates may have both academic and/or industry relevant backgrounds with a focus on research excellence with impact.


Industry Fellowships Programme

The Industry Fellowships programme facilitates exchanges between academia and industry to stimulate excellence through knowledge transfer and training. Fellowships can be awarded to academic researchers wishing to spend time in industry worldwide and to individuals from industry anywhere in the world wishing to spend time in an eligible Irish Research Body.


Science Foundation Ireland Conferences and Workshops

This grant supports international meetings held in Ireland to encourage intensive inquiry and collaboration on topics of timely scientific importance.


Horizon 2020

In addition to Science Foundation Ireland funding programmes, the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 offers Irish-based researchers opportunities to receive joint funding with international partners.