Talent and Skills
By funding consistently excellent and impactful research, SFI has played a key role in building Ireland’s research and innovation capabilities
From training highly sought after PhD students to supporting early career frontiers researchers and senior research leaders, our work encompasses a breadth of voices on the research journey. This enables us to maximise our potential to address Ireland’s societal, economic and environmental challenges, delivering on citizens’ priorities and shaping a better future for all.
Future Skills Needs
SFI’s Centres for Research Training Programme (CRTs) supports six Centres that bring together 11 higher education institutes and 90 industry partners with a
€104 million investment. The CRTs train postgraduate students in Ireland in areas such as machine learning, digitally enhanced reality, data science, genomics, artificial intelligence, and advanced networks for sustainable societies. Working in a cohort-based learning model, PhD candidates work together, improving valuable communications skills and undertaking internships. In 2022, 149 PhD students were recruited to the Centres, of which 46% were women. This brings the total number of PhD students supported to-date by the programme to 625.
SFI also fosters the development of PhD training collaborations between researchers in the UK and the SFI Research Centres through the Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) to train and equip engineers and scientists with the skills and knowledge to address challenges in data and ICT. There are seven SFI CDTs with collaboration between 75 HEIs across the UK and seven across Ireland, with a €39 million investment from SFI and £442 million from the UK EPSRC.
Tackling Chronic Diseases
Pictured left: Prof Edward Gregg, SFI Research Professor at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Developing Future Leaders in Medical Device Research
Pictured right: Prof Abhay Pandit, Director of the SFI Research Centre, CÚRAM, at University of Galway, was awarded the prestigious George Winter Award 2022 from the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) for outstanding research contributions to the field of biomaterials.
SFI believes that science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is for everyone.
SFI supports and delivers public engagement activities across Ireland, bringing science to life through everyday activities and providing access to science for all our citizens. We champion best practice in STEM education, promoting curiosity across all age groups and education levels to begin a talent pipeline for the future. SFI supports programmes that engage adults of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, who may not previously have had opportunities to engage with science, ensuring that we foster a fully inclusive STEM workforce, and increase scientific literacy for all.
Debunking the Myths: Science Behind Our Sexual Health
Pictured right: Dr Zara Molphy, co-lead of the DeBunking Myths Programme and research programme manager in RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Dr Ronan Daly, Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and programme expert.
- Global Footprint
- Empowering Societal and Economic Benefits
SFI invests in excellent ideas and impactful research to help us successfully address the global, societal and economic challenges we face, by supporting collaboration between academia, government and industry across the island of Ireland and internationally.Find out more
- Excellent Research
SFI supports and drives Ireland’s contribution to the latest scientific breakthroughs which lead to innovation for academia, enterprise, the public sector, government, society and beyond.Find out more
- Annual Report 2022
Throughout 2022, SFI deepened our reach through our international collaborative research partnerships across the globe.Find out more about Global Footprint
Empowering Societal and Economic Benefits
SFI invests in excellent ideas and impactful research to help us successfully address the global, societal and economic challenges we face, by supporting collaboration between academia, government and industry across the island of Ireland and internationally.Find out more about Empowering Societal and Economic Benefits
SFI supports and drives Ireland’s contribution to the latest scientific breakthroughs which lead to innovation for academia, enterprise, the public sector, government, society and beyond.Find out more about Excellent Research