Open Calls



Short Call 2020

The GSI Short Call is designed to support small scale applied, basic or 'blue skies' projects. 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
  • Development and publication of products (e.g. open databases, map products, books etc.)
For the 2020 call, and to support recent Government policies in relation to the Covid-19 economic recovery, this years’ call aims to increase support the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector as well as projects based in higher education institutes.
In addition, projects utilising the new Earth Surface Research Laboratory at Trinity College are particularly encouraged. The ESRL carries out analysis for the GSI Tellus programme and provides analytical facilities for bulk-rock and soil geochemistry research. Available instruments include wavelength dispersive XRF, energy dispersive XRF, a multi-element analyser and a Mercury analyser. For further information please see the website and refer to the review process information below.

9am, October 5th 2020


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)


If you have a question that is not answered in the above 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:


There will be an online information session for SMEs on September 1st 2020 at 2.30pm.
For the link, please email

Fulbright Awards

Fulbright Incoming to Ireland, 2020 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 email  or see the Fulbright Commission website  (Deadline September 15 September 2020)


The Fulbright Commission awards highly competitive, merit-based grants to international postgraduate students, scholars, and professionals to study, research, and lecture in the United States and for Americans to undertake similar activities outside the US.

It was founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 and is now one of the most prestigious award programmes worldwide operating in over 155 countries; fifty-three Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes and seventy-eight have won Pulitzer Prizes.

The Fulbright Commission in Ireland is a bilateral partnership supported by the U.S. Department of State and the Irish Government's Department of Foreign Affairs (with a Service Level Agreement with the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht for 2014-2017). It is a registered charity with funding derived from Irish and U.S. governments, higher education institutions, public agencies, organisations and donations.

The Geological Survey Ireland have developed a new collaboration with the Fulbright Commission in Ireland and funds Irish researchers to spend time in a US based research institute, or US researchers to spend time in Ireland. 


Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations.

    —Senator J. William Fulbright


SFI-GSI Frontiers for the Future Awards

Medium-large scale projects

GSI will again partner with Science Foundation Ireland for the SFI Frontiers for the Futrure 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.

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