In March 2020 SFI published a joint statement with the IRC and HRB regarding the disruption to existing awards and future research funding calls due to COVID-19.

Following on from that statement, and following HSE and WHO guidance on social distancing, SFI has decided to postpone the launch of the Conference and Workshops programme until further notice. 

Programme overview

The purpose of the SFI Conferences and Workshops programme is to facilitate international and national conferences and workshops of strategic value hosted in the Republic of Ireland. These events are essential for the dissemination of research, knowledge exchange, development and exposure of early-career researchers and students, together with development and growth of new and existing collaborations both nationally and internationally.

SFI will support conferences and workshops of timely importance in all areas covered by SFI’s legal remit. SFI is keen to support the exchange of information reciprocally between industry and academia, generating new knowledge and leading-edge technologies and encouraging competitive enterprises. SFI Conferences and Workshops Awards fall into three categories: Conferences, Exceptional Conferences and Workshops.

Deadlines – Applications may be submitted at any time during the year subject to the following criteria: submissions must be made at least six months in advance of the event in the case of Exceptional Conferences, and at least four months in advance of the event in the case of Conferences and Workshops.


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 documentation. Queries should be directed to

Other sources of funding for conferences and workshops

Fáilte Ireland offers practical and financial support for international conferences and meetings hosted in Ireland through their Conference Ambassador Programme, which also includes bid support and site inspection funding. Further details may be found on their website, or by contacting Lynda Reilly at

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides financial support for conferences and workshops with relevance to Irish environmental research priorities.

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) provides funds for conferences, workshops, symposia, courses and plenary lectures with relevance to the field of molecular biology. In addition, SFI and EMBO, within the framework of the SFI Conferences & Workshops Programme, and the EMBO Courses and Workshops Programme, have agreed to co-sponsor a number of workshop events. Further details can be found here.