2016 Research Centres – BiOrbic, CONFIRM, FutureNeuro, I-Form and VistaMilk


This call is only open to the 5 x 2016 SFI Research Centres BiOrbic, CONFIRM, FutureNeuro, I-Form and VistaMilk


SFI’s 2025 strategy Shaping Our Future aims to position Ireland as a global innovation leader in scientific and engineering research for the advancement of Ireland’s economy and society. A key objective of the Shaping Our Future strategy is to develop a set of world-leading, large-scale Research Centres that will provide major economic impact for Ireland.  The SFI Research Centres Programme was launched in 2012 to achieve this objective. Innovation 2020, Ireland’s five-year strategy on research and development, science and technology, and the recently launched National Development Plan 2018-2027 (Project Ireland 2040), which is the overarching policy and planning framework for the social, economic and cultural development of Ireland from 2018 to 2040, commit to further development and scaling of the network of SFI Research Centres. 17 SFI Research Centres have been funded to date, including 5 which were established as a result of the 2016 SFI Research Centres call. These 5 x 2016 Research Centres were each awarded funding for 6-year periods. In this call, they will have the opportunity to apply for a second phase of funding (Phase 2).

  • Call Launch: 1st Nov 2021
  • Call Webinar #1: 16th Nov 2021
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 8th Dec 2021, 13:00h Dublin Local Time     
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 30th March 2022, 13:00h Dublin Local Time
  • Site Reviews: Q2-4 2022
  • Funding Decision: Q1 2023

Lead Applicants from each of the 5 x 2016 Research Centres are invited to submit the following:


Abstracts must be submitted to centres@sfi.ie by the Lead Applicant no later than 8th Dec 2021, 13.00h Dublin, Ireland local time. Submission of this abstract is mandatory and full proposals will not be accepted from applicant groups for whom this information has not been received. The abstract template in the downloads section must be used.

Full proposal

There are three key documents which are required as part of the full submission process:

  • Progress Report
  • Phase 2 Proposal
  • Cost-share Document

Submissions will only be accepted through SESAME, SFI's Grants and Awards Management System.  As part of the application process, the Lead Applicant will be guided to complete a number of fields in SESAME. They will then be prompted to upload the three documents in pdf format. The templates in the downloads section below must be used.

Full details on the proposal and submission requirements may be found in the Phase 2 Programme call documentation. Please read the documentation carefully in advance of queries and submission.

  • Call for Proposals (PDF)
  • Abstract template (Word)
  • Progress Report template (Word)
  • Phase 2 Proposal template (Word)
  • Cost-share Document template (Word)
  • CV template (Word)
  • Checklist (Word)
  • Review process (PDF)
  • Progress Report Section 2 Budget Template (Excel)
  • FAQ (Word)

SFI reserves the right to make amendments to the documents if required. Research Offices will be contacted in the event of any updates to the call documentation.

As detailed in the Call for Proposals, all proposals are to be submitted via SESAME, SFI’s online grants and awards management system.

All text should be provided in Times New Roman font or similar, with minimum font size of 12, and at least single-line spacing as well as a minimum margin size of 2.5cm. Text in diagrams may be in any clearly legible font.

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

Queries on the SESAME management system should first be directed to your Institution’s Research Office. If still unresolved, please submit a support ticket on your portal (by clicking the Support Icon) with a detailed description of your issue. If you wish to email sesame@sfi.ie regarding an issue/query please ensure you include the ticket number in the subject of the email. Emails which do not contain a ticket number will not be addressed.

SFI will hold a webinar on Wednesday 16th Nov 2021 to discuss the main points of the SFI Research Centres Phase 2 Programme 2021.

View the Webinar: Webinar #1 Video

Access the Webinar slides: Webinar #1 Slides

For further information on the SFI Research Centres Phase 2 Programme, please contact centres@sfi.ie