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How to work with SFI funded researchers

1. Join a Research Centre

SFI Research Centres link scientists and engineers in partnerships across academia and industry to address crucial research questions; foster the development of new and existing Irish - based technology companies; attract industry that could make an important contribution to Ireland and its economy; and expand educational and career opportunities in Ireland in science and engineering.

There are currently 12 funded SFI Research Centres across a broad spectrum of strategic areas of priority.

The SFI Spokes Programme provides the mechanism to allow new partners to join these 12 centres.


2. Enter a collaborative Partnership

The SFI Partnership Programme provides a flexible mechanism by which SFI can build strategic collaborations with key partners such as industry, funding agencies, charities, philanthropic organisations or higher education institutes (HEIs) with the goal of co-funding outstanding opportunities.

The Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Initiative also offers financial support to companies who engage in collaborative research projects with Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology. Enterprise Ireland provides grants of up to 80% towards eligible costs of the research project. 


3. Visiting Fellows

Through its Industry Fellowship Programme, SFI will fund the salary of an academic(s) to spend up to one year full time or two years part in your company either in Ireland or overseas.  The programme also provides funding support for an industry representative to spend time in an SFI lab.


4. Feasibility and Training Support, Research Development and Innovation Grant (RD&I) Support - IDA Ireland

IDA Ireland plays a leading role in RD&I development by providing funding support for suitable projects and by identifying other supports available from partner organisations such as Enterprise Ireland (EI), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI).

In addition to RD&I funding, IDA Ireland has a number of direct support mechanisms, including employment and training grants. Through its property portfolio, IDA also has a suite of property offerings to enable companies to fast track their project start-ups.

5. Licensing Opportunites

Knowledge Transfer Ireland

Knowledge Transfer Ireland takes a national perspective on the knowledge transfer (KTI) system in Ireland. KTI works with business, investors, universities, Institutes of Technology, State research organisations, research funders and government agencies to maximise State funded technology, ideas and expertise getting into the hands of business to drive innovation. KTI is located in Enterprise Ireland (EI) and funded by EI with co-financing from the Irish Universities Association (IUA).  The KTI website provides useful tools for identifying research partners as well as contact points in each of the University and Institute of Technology Tech Transfer Offices.

6. Contract research

Many SFI-funded groups are prepared to undertake contract research. If you wish to identify an SFI-funded research group with appropriate capabilities you may use the SFI Researcher Database,or contact Ciara Cotter, Senior Executive, Enterprise and International Affairs