The mission of Science Foundation Ireland’s education and public engagement programme is to catalyse, inspire and guide the best in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education and public engagement.

The purpose of this SFI Discover Programme Science Week Call is to support festivals and events and that encourage people of all ages and from all walks of life to be informed, inspired and involved in STEAM during Science Week 2019 and beyond.

Whether you work in the sciences, arts, media, education, youth and/or community work, Science Foundation Ireland encourages you to submit proposals for Science Week that will build excitement, curiosity and interest around science in society and genuinely engage with your target audience.  Science Foundation Ireland expects you to demonstrate:

  • how you have evaluated the need for your activity and defined your target audience
  • your objectives and how you plan to monitor the engagement, and
  • how you will measure if you succeeded in your objectives

The SFI Discover Programme Science Week 2019 Call documents can be found here.

Key Dates

Date of Publication:  Friday 8th March 2019.


A webinar to support the SFI Discover Programme Science Week Call took place on the 21st March 2019.

A recording of the webinar call can be found here.

Questions and answers arising from the webinar can be found here.

This Call is open to a wide range of people and organisations. 

Science Foundation Ireland has a list of Eligible Research Bodies (which includes universities, institutes of technology etc.) – check list of Eligible Research Bodies here.

If your organisation is included on this list, then your application must be signed off by the appropriate officer (typically the Research Office) within your organisation using the Eligible Research Body Cover Sheet available on SESAME.

Application are also welcomed from Non-Eligible Bodies (i.e. any organisation not included on the above list).

There are two categories of Non-Eligible Bodies

(a) Non-Eligible Bodies – State Body (e.g. city or county council) are required to complete, sign, stamp and upload the Non- Eligible Body State Cover Sheet available on SESAME.  A senior executive within the organisation is required to sign the cover sheet indicating the organisation’s support for the application.

(b) Non-Eligible Bodies – Other Organisation (i.e. not an Eligible Research Body or a State Body) are required to:

✔complete the Non-Eligible Body – Other Organisation Cover Sheet available on SESAME, providing details of the organisation’s status, registration number, auditors, solicitors and bankers

✔provide details of the organisation structure detailing positions and names of post holders

✔provide a copy of the most recent annual report (if appropriate, i.e. if your organisation is required to publish an annual report)

✔provide a signed copy of the most recent Audited Financial Statements (if applicable)[1]

If you have any doubt about your organisation’s status, please email for clarification.  This must be done in good time before the closing date (minimum three days) to ensure that your application is completed and submitted before the deadline as no exceptions can be made in relation to the submission date for this, or any other, reason.

Proposals must be explicitly aimed at engaging audiences and participant groups in the Republic of Ireland, however the subject matter can be international. Applications are welcome from organisations not based in the Republic of Ireland; however, they must demonstrate in their application how the project will explicitly engage with their target audience in the Republic of Ireland.

Applications will only be accepted from an organisation meeting the eligibility criteria outlined above.  Typically, these include academic institutions, charitable bodies, not-for-profit organisations or commercial companies.

Applications are welcome from any organisation with experience in engaging the groups targeted e.g. youth and community work organisations.

Applications will not be accepted from individuals and/or sole traders.

No employee or board member of Science Foundation Ireland may apply.

Applicants may submit more than one grant application under the Call to Science Foundation Ireland at any one time, provided the proposals are clearly differentiated.

Any previously unsuccessful projects are not eligible to apply for funding under this Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme Science Week Call unless fundamental changes or developments have been made to the proposal and are clearly outlined.  Please consult with the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme Call Manager in advance if you have any queries in relation to eligibility (

*[1] If your organisation is not required to produce audited accounts, management accounts signed off by an accountant will be accepted. Please contact if you have any queries in relation to this requirement.  

The Project Lead is the person who has the main intellectual input into, and ownership of, the outcomes if the application is successful.  This is the individual with whom Science Foundation Ireland will correspond about the application and who takes legal and fiduciary responsibility for the project.  The Project Lead is normally considered by Science Foundation Ireland to be the grant holder. 


Applications must be submitted via SESAME, Science Foundation Ireland’s Grants Award System. 

Log-in details are required to access SESAME.

  • If you are already registered on SESAME you can log in using the same email address; if you have forgotten your password, you can use the Forgot Password functionality to re-set it.
  • If you have not previously been registered with SESAME, please email the following information to

✔Project Lead Name
✔Email address
✔Registered Company Name
✔Legal Status: (e.g. company limited by guarantee, limited company, charity etc.)
✔Trading Name
✔VAT Number

A SESAME profile will be created for you and log-in details will be emailed to the email address provided.

Science Foundation Ireland’s grants and awards management system, SESAME, is accessed using the Internet; no additional software needs to be installed.  You can access SESAME online from any location.  The configuration of some browsers and internet infrastructure (pop-up blockers, firewalls, etc.) can restrict an individual’s access to the internet and as a result to the SESAME system.  If you are having any such difficulties, please contact your organisation’s IT support team.

Draft applications may be amended as many times as required but once submitted no further changes can be made.

Once submitted, applications cannot be withdrawn and subsequently modified for re-submission in the same Call.

Early submission in SESAME is strongly recommended.  Applicants who wait until shortly before the close of the call take serious risk of encountering submission issues.  The submit button will cease to be active at the indicated deadline.

Please note that SESAME will only accept applications until 13.00 hours (Irish time) on Friday 26th April 2019

No applications can be accepted after that time or by any other means.


Additional Information​

A User Guide for completion of applications under the SFI Discover Programme Call 2019 on SESAME can be found here.

A template for the annual/final reports for projects funded under the SFI Discover Programme Science Week Call 2019 can be found here.

Please Note:  This template is for information purposes only and may be used for collating your data.  The final report will be submitted via SESAME.

Reports are due to be submitted on the 14th February in the year following delivery your festival/event.  Festivals which receive multi-year funding will be required to submit annual reports for each year of funding

Further Information

For further information on the SFI Discover Programme Science Week 2019 Call please email: