Open Calls

GSI Targeted Project - Pyrite/mica in construction materials

GSI in collaboration with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, invites proposals to improve our understanding of the effects of:

Topic 1: Excessive amounts of pyrite and/or muscovite mica in concrete blocks

Topic 2: Excessive and/or reactive pyrite in sub floor fill

This research will support evidence-based decision making for policy-makers and standardisation bodies.

In order to reduce the level of unknown risks which may be present in structures affected by these deleterious materials, this research is intended to assist the technical advancement of relevant standards.

Up to four (4) separate projects may be funded to a maximum of €50,000 each. Applicants may apply for more than one project. Successful projects must meet objectives and criteria defined.

Full details and call documents are available for download

Funding available: €50,000 per project

Duration: maximum 18 months

Closing date for applications: 1 April 2021, 1pm

Submission process: Full applications to be submitted by email to the GSI Research Office (see above Terms and Conditions).


SEAI RD&D  - geothermal topic

GSI are pleased to announce our continued collaboration with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's Research Development and Demonstration Programme. The 2021 call is now open and includes the topic Novel uses of geothermal energy for decarbonisation of heat. Proposals submitted to this Topic should seek to demonstrate a novel approach (in the Irish context) to geothermal heat use within a wider energy system, and assess the impacts of geothermal heat within the scheme. Modelled scenarios for future potential impacts could also be included.

Project scale: Medium, up to 3 years

Budget: maximum of €350,000

Further details and application information: SEAI website

ERA Min 3

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 2021 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 two stage proposal submission and successful projects are expected to start between January and May 2022.

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

Deadline for pre-proposal submission: 1 April 2021, 17:00 (Brussels time)

Communication of pre-proposal assessment: 15 June 2021

Deadline for full-proposal submission: 1 September 2021, 17:00 (Brussels time)

Fulbright Incoming to Ireland, 2021 call for applications

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 

Deadline: 15 September 2021


SFI-GSI Frontiers for the Future Awards 2020

Medium-large scale projects

GSI will again partner with Science Foundation Ireland for the SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme 2020. This programme 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. 

Two streams are available: Projects and Awards

  • Frontiers for the Future Projects will provide funding for high-risk, high-reward research that facilitates highly innovative and novel approaches to research.

  • Frontiers for the Future Awards will provide larger scale funding for innovative, collaborative and excellent research programmes that have the potential to deliver economic and societal impact.

Lead Applicants on SFI Frontiers for the Future Project proposals must submit a proposal to SFI through their host institution Research Office before the deadline of 8 October 2020 at 13:00 Dublin Local Time. CLOSED

Lead Applicants on SFI Frontiers for the Future Award proposals may submit a proposal to SFI through their host institution Research Office from 1 September 2020. The SFI Frontiers for the Future Awards call will remain open for a minimum of 12 months (i.e. end of August 2021).

To be eligible for the SFI-GSI funding, proposed projects/awards must fit he nominated topics - please make sure you have carefully read the call documents including this topic list.

Applicants are vis the SFI system, for call details and submission information please visit the SFI website.