2013 Research Centres – ADAPT, CONNECT, CÚRAM, iCRAG and Lero


This call is only open to the 5 x 2013 SFI Research Centres ADAPT, CONNECT, CÚRAM, iCRAG and Lero


SFI’s Agenda 2020 strategy aims to position Ireland as a global knowledge leader. A key objective of Agenda 2020 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 2013 SFI Research Centres call. These 5 x 2013 Research Centres were awarded funding to run from January 2015 to December 2020 and now have the opportunity to apply for a second phase of funding (Phase 2) for the period January 2021 to December 2026.

Key Dates

  • Call Launch: 2nd July 2018
  • Call Webinar: 11th July 2018
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 30th August 2018, 13:00h Dublin Local Time     
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 30th November 2018, 13:00h Dublin Local Time
  • Site Reviews: Q1/Q2 2019
  • Funding Decision: Q4 2019

How to apply

Lead Applicants from each of the 5 x 2013 Research Centres are invited to submit the following:


Abstracts must be submitted to centres@sfi.ie by the Lead Applicant no later than by 30th August 2018, 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 two key documents which are required as part of the full submission process:

  • Progress Report
  • Phase 2 Proposal

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 two documents in pdf format. The progress report and proposal 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)
  • CV template (Word)
  • Checklist (Word)
  • Review process (PDF)
  • FAQ (PDF)

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 contact regarding an issue/query submit via SESAME.


SFI held a webinar on Wednesday 11th July 2018 to discuss the main points of the SFI Research Centres Phase 2 Programme 2018.

To view the Webinar, click here.

To access the Webinar slides, click here.


SFI held a webinar on Wednesday 31st October 2018 to discuss the submission process for the SFI 2013 Research Centres Phase 2 Programme.

To view the Webinar, click here.

To access the Webinar slides, click here.

Further Information

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