The SFI Public Service Fellowship is a pilot initiative which offers researchers a unique opportunity to be temporarily seconded to Government Departments, Agencies and the Library & Research Service of the Oireachtas, to work on specific projects where they can add value resulting in mutually beneficial outcomes. Successful researchers will take the title of “SFI Researcher in Residence” for the duration of the secondment.
The work of the public service is critical to the successful economic and social wellbeing of Irish society, through its delivery of essential services, as well as its development and implementation of national policy. The SFI Public Service Fellowship programme recognises the importance of connecting the Irish research community with public sector organisations to help inform new policy and improve the services that they deliver.
Host Organisation and Projects
All project outlines, including background, scope, required expertise, expected outputs and proposed timelines, can be found in the Host Organisation Project Outline Supplement.
- Office of the Revenue Commissioners
- Local Government Management Agency
- Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
- Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
- Food Safety Authority of Ireland
- Assessment of the food safety data holdings of the FSAI to inform a suitable data model for the FSAI and the wider food safety enforcement community in Ireland
- Data analytics for signals of emerging food safety risks
- Risk Ranking of Microbiological Hazards
- Assessment of the Safety of Probiotic Foods on Sale targeted at vulnerable groups in Ireland
- Establish the basis for a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in Ireland in order to inform policy in relation to the Regulation of the Food Sector
- The Oireachtas Library & Research Service, Houses of the Oireachtas Service
- Department of Justice and Equality
Fellowships can have a duration of between 3 and 12 months if full-time, and between 6 and 24 months if part-time. The maximum Public Service Fellowship award amount is €100,000 direct costs. Please refer to the 2019 Programme Call Document for further details.
What are the objectives of the SFI Public Service Fellowship?
- Enhance collaboration of the research community with Government bodies;
- Foster innovation within the Public Sector by supporting research, knowledge exchange and the development and implementation of data-driven and evidence-based approaches;
- Provide the Public Service with deep technical knowledge in specific areas to enhance service delivery and inform policy-making;
- Achieve the individual goals outlined by the relevant Host Organisations in the project outlines;
- Enhance the breadth of researcher understanding of the Public Service, and their employability.
Who can apply?
Full details on programme eligibility are available in the call document. In summary, applications will be accepted where the Applicant satisfies the following eligibility criteria:
- PhD Qualification: Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent qualification at the time of application.
- Employment Status: All applicants must be a permanent member of the academic staff (“Faculty Researcher”) of an Eligible Research Body (with a contract at the time of application), or a current contract postdoctoral researcher (“Postdoctoral Researcher”) based in an Eligible Research Body at the submission deadline.
- Under review: Applicants who are currently under review for other SFI Programmes are not eligible to apply to the SFI Public Service Fellowship.
- Individuals Holding Existing Fellowship Awards: Specific criteria apply for individuals holding Fellowship awards. For more information, please refer to the call document.
How to apply?
Before applying to the programme, please download and carefully read the call document. Applications to this call of the Public Service Fellowship must be submitted through SESAME, SFI's online grants and awards management system in advance of the application deadline of 13:00 on the 23rd January 2020. SESAME will be open for applications on 10th October 2019.
If accessing SESAME for the first time, researchers should contact their local Research Office to be set up on this system. For more information on SESAME see here.
Queries on the SESAME management system should first be directed to your Institute’s Research Office. If still unresolved, queries should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that response time for queries may be up to 5 working days.
Full details of this application procedure can be found in the call document.