The next Industry Fellowship call will launch on September 14th 2018 with a deadline for applications of November 23rd 2018 at 13:00.

The launch date and call details are subject to change, e.g. in response to alterations in Science Foundation Ireland’s annual grants budget, staffing resources, other new schemes Science Foundation Ireland may develop and government policy / priorities.

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The programme

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is pleased to launch the Industry Fellowship Programme 2017 to develop and support industry-academia research partnerships. The purpose of the Industry Fellowship Programme 2017 is to enhance industry-academia collaborations through the funding of collaborative industry-academia research projects, and to stimulate excellence through knowledge exchange and training of engineers and scientists. Both aims will be pursued by the Industry Fellowship Programme, through the temporary placement of academic researchers in industry, and of industry researchers in academia.


Fellowships can have a duration between 1 and 12 months if full-time, and between 2 and 24 months if part-time. The maximum Industry Fellowship award amount is €100,000 direct costs. Please refer to the Programme Call Document for further details. SFI welcomes applications from female researchers and engineers.

Finding a partner

A LinkedIn group called SFI Industry Fellowship Programme has been set up by SFI to facilitate networking between industry and academic researchers. Companies are encouraged to make their interest known to the academic community, and/or to advertise specific research opportunities, by posting on this 900+ members group’s page. Academic researchers are encouraged to engage with relevant companies. Several companies have already published an advertisement and got a response– join the group today!

The SFI researcher database and the KTI Expert database list potential academic research partners. Postdoctoral Researchers do not appear in these databases – companies can identify the appropriate team leader from the database and contact them to discuss whether there are eligible researchers in their group (faculty and/or postdoctoral researchers). The Research Offices of the Irish academic and research institutions may also assist companies in identifying prospective academic partners.

Note: Prior to commencing your search for a Partner, please refer to the Industry Fellowship Programme Call Document in order to understand the eligibility criteria associated with the Programme. Academic and Industry researchers should jointly prepare an application. The Academic researcher will submit the application to SFI via SESAME (SFI’s grants and awards management system).

For general queries, including eligibility queries, applicants are advised to contact the Research Office of the Research Body they intend to submit their application through. For additional information or clarification, contact:

Key dates

The 2017 Industry Fellowship Programme will have two deadlines.

First Deadline: 13:00h (local time Dublin, Ireland) on the 6th July 2017.
Second Deadline: 13:00h (local time Dublin, Ireland) on the 23rd November 2017.



SFI has hosted a webinar on the 23rd May 2017. Listen to the webinar now.

How to apply

All proposals are to be submitted via SESAME, SFI’s online grants and awards management system. SESAME will be accessible online for this call starting from June 2017. If accessing SESAME for the first time, researchers should contact their local Research Office to be set up on this system.

For more information, view the SESAME User Guides or read the SESAME Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Please note that SFI expects a high volume of applications to be submitted to this programme, and has limited SESAME helpdesk resources. To avoid any delays in submission, researchers should familiarise themselves with the SESAME system and online help resources provided well in advance of the SFI and institution internal call deadlines.

Queries relating to SESAME which are not answered in the SESAME FAQ document referred to above should first be directed to your Institute’s Research Office. If still unresolved, queries should be e-mailed to Please be aware that the response time for queries may be up to 5 working days.