Open Calls

SFI-GSI Frontiers for the Future Awards (2022 Call, submission in 2023)

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 societal impact.
SFI Frontiers for the Future Projects budgets are in the range of €200,000 - €600,000 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 €610,000 - €1,500,000 in total direct costs and have a duration of 48 or 60 months.

The co-funding partnership with the Geological Survey 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

For more information and application details please see the SFI website

SFI ran a Webinar which is a useful resource (primarily) for applicants and research offices. It comprises of an introduction to the programme and a summary of the application process to the current call, highlighting any changes from previous years.

It took place over ZOOM on Monday the 13th of February 2023 at 11:00 am Dublin. A record of the webinar is available on SFI website SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme. In case of any other questions you can refer to the updated FAQs. 

Fulbright Incoming to Ireland, 2023 call for applications

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards are grants for U.S. citizens to undertake research or lecturing in Ireland over a period of three to twelve months. The application period for 2024-2025 U.S. Scholar Awards is now open.

GSI is pleased to continue our partnership with Fulbright Ireland and announce the current call for incoming Scholars and Students. The Fulbright-GSI awards offer travel and subsistence funding (this does not include salaries) for US based researchers to be hosted by an Irish geoscience institute to carry out research and develop trans-Atlantic partnerships. Under this call the visiting researcher must also contribute to the teaching programme of their host or an HEI partner (however this can include workshops, short courses, specialist fieldtrips etc.)

For any question and clarifications please see the Fulbright Commission website 


The 2024-2025 U.S. Student Awards are now open with a deadline of Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 5pm Eastern Time.

The deadline for 2024-2025 U.S. Scholar Awards applications is Friday, 15 September, 2023.