Open Calls

2022 GSI Short Call launched

The GSI Short call is designed to support excellent research, build capacity, increase research impact and strengthen research teams in the area of geoscience on the Island of Ireland. 

Research  themes
The Geological Survey will support projects under the following GSI Research themes: 
  1. Bedrock and /or Quaternary geology of Ireland
  2. Groundwater resources and protection
  3. Minerals, including minerals prospectivity
  4. Marine geology & mapping
  5. Geochemistry
  6. Geophysics
  7. Coastal change
  8. Geohazards & geotechnical engineering
  9. Geothermal Energy
  10. Online database delivery and management
  11. Projects utilising GSI holdings of the National Archive*
  12. Artificial intelligence and applications to geoscience data
  13. Palaeoclimate/climate impact studies using geological data
  14. Geoscience education & learning

* For more information about the GSI holdings of the National Archive, please go to the GSI Archives page or email

Examples of types of projects
Applied, basic or ‘blue skies’ research projects are eligible. Examples include:
  • Seed projects towards development of larger scale projects
  • Student bursaries or scholarships (e.g. summer students, MSc.)
  • Development of prototypes/software
  • Development of methodologies/toolkits
  • Demonstration projects
  • Increasing accessibility to, and visibility of, GSI archives
Projects utilising GSI funded geoscience infrastructure, e.g. the Earth Surface Research Laboratory at Trinity College, and/or with applications in Soil science, Climate Change and Subsurface Spatial Management are particularly encouraged. 

12noon, Tuesday July 5th 2022

Maximum funding
€30,000 including indirect costs

Maximum 14 months

By email – Applicants must use the application form provided, please see template below.

The call is open to researchers in any company or Higher Education Institute based in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland (projects led by researchers based in Northern Ireland must include a partner based in RoI). Full eligibility rules can be found in the Terms and Conditions

GSI Short Call 2022 Terms and Conditions
GSI Short Call 2022 FAQ
GSI Short Call 2022 Application Form

If you have a question that is not answered in the documents, or if you encounter any difficulty with the Word document, please contact

If you would like more information about the programme, or projects previously funded through this call, please go to:
SEAI have launched their 2022 Research, Development and Demonstration call for research proposals.

The programme is open to private sector and public bodies. The aim of the programme is to:
  • Stimulate and accelerate the development of energy related products, processes and systems in the Irish marketplace;
  • Grow Ireland's national capacity to carry out internationally leading RD&D activities;
  • Support solutions that enable technical and other barriers to market uptake of energy related products, processes and systems to be overcome;
  • Provide timely guideance and support to policy makers and public bodies through results, outcomes and learnings from supported projects.
GSI will co-fund two specific topics:
  • Economic evaluation of geothermal energy in Ireland, and
  • Investigation of geothermal energy for Industrial applications in Ireland

Deadline for applications is May 16th

Applications can be submitted under Open Strand or Topic Strand. More information will be available through the SEAI online webinar on Wednesday April 20th.

For more informaiton please see the SEAI website

GSI International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) post-expedition funding

Geological Survey Ireland has launched a new call for funding for high quality research projects utilising data collected from IODP expeditions. 

The aim of the call is to build capacity and increase the impact of the participation of researchers in IODP activities. It is not a requirement that the Applicant has physically joined an IODP expedition, only that they are working with IODP data available at the time of application. Applicants must be based in Ireland.

Deadline for applications: 12.00 (GMT), Tuesday, June 7th 2022

Applications must be submitted by email to  as per the terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions
Application form (Word file)

SFI-GSI Frontiers for the Future Awards 2021

The SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme provides funding for independent researchers through two streams – Frontiers for the Future Programme Projects and Frontiers for the Future Programme Awards:

  • Frontiers for the Future Projects provide funding for high-risk, high-reward research that facilitates highly innovative and novel approaches to research.
  • Frontiers for the Future Awards provide larger scale funding for innovative, collaborative and excellent research programmes that have the potential to deliver economic and societalimpact.
SFI Frontiers for the Future Projects budgets are in the range of €200,000 - €480,000 in total direct costs and have a duration of 24, 36 or 48 months. SFI Frontiers for the Future Awards are in the range of €500,000 - €1,000,000 in total direct costs and have a duration of 48 or 60 months.

The co-funding partnership with the Geological Survey of Ireland aims to support excellent scientific research that has potential economic and societal impact. The SFI-GSI Partnership applies to the geoscience topic areas listed below. Successful grants under these areas are expected to improve our understanding and/or management of Earth
systems and natural resources.
  • Raw materials
  • Soil health
  • Coastal Geoscience
  • Geohazards
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Groundwater
  • Earth observation
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Application of machine learning/AI to geological datasets
  • The geological climate record
  • Geothermal energy

FFP Project proposal submission: Fixed Deadline: January 28th 2022, 13.00 Dublin time
FFP Award proposal submission: Rolling Call: Accepting applications from Jan. 28th 2022

For more information and application details please see the SFI website