The aim of the SFI Research Infrastructure Call is to support the research community in building and sustaining the required infrastructural capacity to accomplish high quality, high impact and innovative research in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics that demonstrably enhance and underpin enterprise competitiveness and societal development in Ireland.  SFI encourages the efficient use, renewal and development of existing national research infrastructures whilst also recognising the need for continued investment in cutting-edge research equipment and infrastructure in areas of national priority of particular relevance to SFI’s prior and future investments.

Innovation 2020, Ireland’s five-year strategy on research and development, science and technology, highlights the importance of investment in research infrastructure. This strategy sets out the roadmap for continuing progress towards the goal of making Ireland a Global Innovation Leader, driving a strong sustainable economy and a better society, underpinned by excellent research.
In order to both develop and support investment in research infrastructure, SFI is pleased to launch the SFI Research Infrastructure Call 2018.

Key Programmatic Objectives

  • To give Irish researchers access to cutting-edge research infrastructure that will enhance high quality research activities and innovation in areas of strategic priority
  • To facilitate inter-institutional sharing of national research infrastructure, especially with Institutes of Technology
  • To support the strategic development and growth of the SFI Research Centres
  • To encourage effective research partnership with industry through collaborative initiatives involving provision of industry access to infrastructure, with particular focus on growing multi-national companies and/or small & medium-sized enterprise partnerships
  • To provide outstanding research infrastructure that will enable Irish researchers to compete for Horizon 2020 research funding calls
  • To make Ireland an attractive location for recruitment of world-leading scientists and engineers 
  • To support national and European Open Science policies and principles and ensure access to an effective digital research infrastructure ecosystem
  • To optimise utilisation and promote future sustainability of research infrastructures through the development of management and access charge plans

Eligible Applicants

Proposals are invited from individual eligible research bodies or consortia of eligible research bodies for infrastructure requests. Each Research Body must nominate a Lead Applicant from the Research Body who will have primary fiduciary responsibility and accountability for the management of the infrastructure award. Please refer to the call document for the eligibility criteria of this Lead Applicant.

Programme Categories

Applications will be accepted under the following two categories of infrastructure request:

  • Category A: H2020 Research Infrastructure Integrating Activities – Advanced Communities aligned bids.
  • Category B: Strategic Research Infrastructures that focus on applications for large-scale infrastructure requests in areas of national priority and other areas of strategic opportunity

For further details on these proposal categories, the remit of the programme, its eligible costs, application format and procedure, please review the Research Infrastructure 2018 call documentation for further details.

Key Dates

The Research Infrastructure 2018  Programme will have two deadlines.

  • Expression of Interest Deadline: 13:00h (local time Dublin, Ireland) on the 16th April 2018.
  • Second Full-Proposal Deadline: 13:00h (local time Dublin, Ireland) on the 1st of May 2018

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 14th March 2018.

Call Documents


Research Infrastructure 2018 Webinar: SFI hosted a webinar on Thursday 8th March from 14.00 - 15.00 which outlined the details of the Research Infrastructure 2018 programme.