Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is pleased to launch the Science Policy Research Programme 2017 to develop and support science policy research in Ireland.

At the heart of Innovation 2020, Ireland’s five-year strategy on research and development, science and technology, is a vision of Ireland being a “Global Innovation Leader driving a strong economy and a better society”, underpinned by excellent research. Critical to the delivery of this vision will be effective policies: for the funding, evaluation, dissemination of scientific research; for the building of a renowned talent pool of researchers who can train and develop future researchers and enhance Ireland’s international reputation for innovation; and for building a world class research system. Building Ireland’s research capacity in the area of Science Policy will ensure that international best practice can be brought to bear in an Irish context, where the positive and negative effects of policy may have a more pronounced impact than in larger economies.

Objectives of the Science Policy Research Programme

The objectives of the programme are:

  • To provide support to academics to conduct focused research in science funding policy in order to build capacity;
  • To encourage collaborations with international experts in the field and key policy makers or research funders in government departments or agencies;
  • To enable training of policy researchers;
  • To fund detailed analyses of data from government departments or agencies and other sources of data;
  • To allow dissemination of knowledge by various means including via peer reviewed publications and via presentations at or hosting of conferences/workshops, and presentations at government departments or agencies;
  • Input to continued evolution of RDI policy in Ireland.


Duration: 36/48 months
Award Size: Up to €700,000 direct costs

How to apply

For SFI Science Policy Programme 2017, Expressions of Interest, signed by the applicant’s Research Office, must be submitted by email to using the Expression of Interest form.

If invited to submit a full proposal, submission is via SESAME, SFI’s grant management system.

Access to SESAME is controlled by staff at the research office of your host research body. Please follow your internal organisational process to request this access. Please note that internal research body deadlines may apply prior to the official SFI Science Policy Research programme deadline.

Please review the Science Policy Research Programme Call document for further details.

If accessing SESAME for the first time, researchers should contact their local Research Office to be set up on this system.

Questions specific to SESAME are answered on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the SESAME system.

Any further queries should first be directed to your Institute’s Research Office. If still unresolved, queries should be e-mailed to Please be aware that response time for queries may be up to 5 working days

Key Dates

Call Launch

22nd May

Expression of Interest Deadline

16th June 2017, 13:00 Dublin Local Time

Deadline for Full Proposal Submission

18th August 2017, 13:00 Dublin Local Time

Funding Decision

December 2017


Call Documentation

SFI Science Policy Research programme 2017 Call Cocument (PDF)

Expression of Interest Form (DOC)

SFI Science Policy Research Programme 2017 FAQs (PDF)

SFI reserves the right to make amendments to the documents if required. Please ensure that you are referring to the most recent version of the Call document and FAQs. Research Offices will be contacted in the event of any updates to the call document.

Programme Queries

For programme-related queries please contact: Lisa Murphy and Peter Clifford at