The SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme provides opportunities for independent investigators to conduct highly innovative, collaborative research with the potential to deliver impact, whilst also providing opportunities for high-risk, high-reward research projects.

Our Partners

The Programme will be run in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), and the Children's Health Foundation (CHF). SFI is open to forging new co-funding partnerships with agencies and organisations. 


The programme comprises two streams: Projects and Awards

  • Projects provides funding for high-risk, high-reward research that facilitates highly innovative and novel approaches to research.
  • Awards provides larger scale funding for innovative, collaborative and excellent research programmes that have the potential to deliver economic and societal impact.

The programme design is driven by feedback from the research community (SFI strategy workshops and SFI Researcher Survey) seeking funding for individual-led research and access to shorter-term project funding.

This programme provides opportunities to address gender imbalance and to provide support for Emerging Investigators that may be returning to research after a period of leave.

Open/Deadlines Dates

  • Projects Call 2021 is now CLOSED.
  • Awards Call 2021 is OPEN. The deadline for submission is 13:30 (Dublin Local Time), Friday December 2nd 2022 

The SFI Frontiers for the Future Awards application form is now available on SESAME.


The Frontiers for the Future Programme 2021 Webinar is available for download HERE

This Webinar provides an overview of the FFP 2021 call including details around the application and review process, as well as a Q&A session between Webinar attendees and the FFP team.

We highly recommend watching this prior to starting your application.

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for the 2021 call can be found HERE.

SFI-CHF co-fund application form WEBINAR.

If you have any questions, please contact