Open Calls




GSI Equipment Call 2021

We have launched a new call for small equipment items and equipment/infrastructure upgrade. Funding of €5,000-€25,000 is available to purchase new equipment, or to upgrade existing equipment, for use in Earth and geoscience research.

Proposals must include a clear justification for the item, the expected users and impact of the equipment/infrastructure for the geoscience research community, and a clear management plan.


Deadline for Applications: November 30th, 1pm
Funding: Minimum €5,000, Maximum €25,000
Open to: Academic and research organisations on the island of Ireland

Call Terms and Conditions (pdf)
FAQs (pdf)
Application form (word)


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