Open Calls

New GSI Masters by Research Scholarship Call

Geological Survey Ireland has launched a new call for Scholarships for students wishing to undertake a Masters by Research (e.g. MSc, MEng, M. Ed.). Projects should aim to support the GSI programmes and/or use GSI datasets. 

The call will comprise of two stages: and Expression of Interest and a Full Proposal stage. Full proposals can only be submitted once an Expression of Interest is submitted and the topic is deemed eligible. The Full proposal stage must be submitted by both a Lead Applicant (i.e. academic supervisor) and the named Scholar. 


  • Soil science and health (projects should include the use of Tellus data) 
  • Marine geology & mapping: (a) offshore seafloor mapping – large-scale novel approaches using INFOMAR datasets or (b) Coastal monitoring: Assessing coastal change in Ireland 
  • Groundwater resources, protection or climate change impacts, focussing on one or more of the following: (a) quality, (b) quantity, (c) flow pathways, (d) ecosystem support 
  • Minerals, including minerals prospectivity mapping 
  • Geohazards: (a) towards further development of landslide hazard mapping  or (b) Earth Observation and applications to Irish geohazards combining traditional mapping with modern techniques
  • Artificial intelligence and applications to geoscience data, e.g. using GSI hyperspectral data
  • The potential application of digital twins in geoscience 
  • Geothermal energy resource assessment for Ireland 
  • The potential for geoscience to support education curricula in Ireland 
  • Geological mapping (Quaternary or Bedrock mapping) combining traditional mapping with innovative techniques and datasets (e.g. GSI hyperspectral data) 
  • Geotechnical Engineering: (a) Characterising the subsurface in urban environments using geotechnical data or (b) Innovative applications of geotechnical and borehole data (projects should include the use of GSI geotechnical databases) 
  • Quantifying Geological Heritage value using audited geological heritage site data 
  • Towards improved management of the subsurface in Ireland

Deadline for Expression of Interest form: Wednesday, February 1st, 2023, 12noon

Deadline for Full Proposal stage: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023, 12noon

Notification of results: April/May 2023

Project start date: September 2023

Terms and Conditions


Expression of Interest form

Application Form V2 (Full proposal)

ESRL Open Call 2023 

The GSI funded Earth Surface Research Laboratory in Trinity College Dublin has launched an open call for researchers on the Island of Ireland to access the TCD facilities. 

Information about the facilities and specifications for geochemical analysis are available at the ESRL website

Costs of analysis will be covered by GSI as part of our support for Irish geoscience research and to ensure these national resources are available to all researchers. 

Full information about application process is available on the ESRL webpage. 

For queries, please contact Dr Mike Stock, ESRL Director.

The call will close at 5pm on March 20th 2023.

SFI-GSI Frontiers for the Future Awards (2022 Call, submisison 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 will run a Webinar which will be a useful resource (primarily) for applicants and research offices, and 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 will take place over ZOOM on Monday the 13th of February 2023 at 11:00 am Dublin Local Time. Attendees must register in advance here:

Following the pre-recorded presentation, there is an opportunity for attendees to submit questions using the Q&A function in ZOOM.


The webinar will also be recorded and added to the FFP website, a few days later. This will be accompanied by an updated FAQs. 


ERA MIN 3 - Second Call (2023)

ERA-MIN3 is a global, innovative and flexible pan-European network of 24 European and non-European research funding organisations, aiming to continue strengthening the mineral raw materials community through the coordination of research and innovation programmes on non-fuel and non-food raw materials (metallic, construction, and industrial minerals). ERA-MIN3 builds on the experience of the H2020 ERA-MIN 2 (2016-2022) and FP7 ERA-NET ERA-MIN (2011-2015).

The scope of the 2023 Call is needs-driven research addressing three  segments of non-fuel, non-food raw materials: metallic materials; construction materials; industrial minerals.


Geological Survey Ireland in collaboration with the EPA and will fund Irish based partners in ERA MIN 3 consortia in the eligible topics. Please make sure you careful read all documentation available through the ERA Min 3 network – projects must adhere to both ERA MIN 3 and GSI/EPA rules and eligibility criteria.


This is a one stage proposal submission.

All information and documentation are available on the ERA Min 3 website

There will also be a webinar and FAQ available on December 14th, more information is on the ERA Min 3 website

Deadline for proposal submission: March 30th, 2023

Tentative date for proposal selection:October 2023

Latest start date for projects: April 2024