Science Foundation Ireland Frontiers for the Future Programme 2019

SFI, in partnership with GSI, have announced the Frontiers for the Future Programme. Funding will support excellent independent researchers to conduct highly innovative, collaborative research with the potential to deliver impact, whilst also providing opportunities for high-risk, high-reward research projects.

The new programme comprises two streams – Frontiers for the Future Programme Projects and Frontiers for the Future Programme Awards

  • Frontiers for the Future Projects (2, 3 or 4 years; €200k-480k) will provide funding for high-risk, high-reward research that facilitates highly innovative and novel approaches to research.
  • Frontiers for the Future Awards (4 or 5 years; €500k-1M) will provide larger scale funding for innovative, collaborative and excellent research programmes that have the potential to deliver economic and societal impact.

The SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme will replace the SFI Investigators Programme and the SFI Career Development Award Programme.

Pre-proposal deadline is March 28th, 2019. Full proposal deadline is August 13th 2019

Further information is available on the SFI funding website


Investigators Programme 2017/2018

Science Foundation Ireland and Geological Survey Ireland co-fund Earth science research under the SFI Investigators programme. This programme is managed by SFI with funding partners from

several agencies and government departments.


The programme funds research in third level institute for up to 5 years, and up to €2.5m . Its aims are;

  • To support excellent scientific research that has potential economic and societal impact aligned to Innovation 2020 enterprise themes
  • To build capacity, expertise and relationships that will allow researchers based in Ireland to lead consortia and to win further support through various non-Exchequer funding schemes, such as Horizon 2020
  • To support relevant collaborations and partnerships between academia and industry
  • To maintain Ireland’s top-20 position in international bibliometric rankings through an increase in the number and quality of journal publications
  • To allow Ireland-based researchers to win top-tier international prizes (e.g., the Nobel Prize, the European Science Prize, the Lasker Award, etc.)
  • To facilitate partnerships with other agencies
  • To support researchers returning to active academic research after a prolonged absence through the Investigator Career Advancement (ICA) component of the call

Further details and application information are availble on the SFI IvP website.