Open Calls

New Clean Energy Transition Partnetship Joint Call 2023

The Clean Energy Transition Partnership (CETPartnership) is a multilateral and strategic partnership of national and regional research, development and innovation (RDI) programmes in EU/EEA Member States and non-EU/EEA Partner Countries with the aim to substantially support the implementation of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan).

The CETPartnership Joint Call 2023 is the second annual co-funded call under the CETPartnership. To cover different topics and RDI types, the Call is structured into 12 Call Modules, aimed at different energy technologies and/or systems as well as both research and innovation oriented approaches on different Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), complementing and completing each other.

Geological Survey Ireland will fund irish based partners in CETPartnership consortia in Transition Initiative 4: Heating & Cooling - CM2023-07: Geothermal Energy Technologies. The Call Module adresses all geothermal energy-related innovations for heating and cooling, power generation, underground thermal energy storage (UTES), and the co-production of geothermal minerals.

Please make sure you careful read all documentation available through the CETP network – projects must adhere to both CETP and GSI/EPA rules and eligibility criteria.

Maximum budget: €200,000

Maximum duration:  Up to 36 months

*Call Calendar*

Joint Call 2023 Infoday 1 (online): 13 September 2023

Stage 1 pre-proposal submission opening: 20 September 2023

Stage 1 pre-proposal submission deadline: 22 November 2023, 2pm CET

Stage 2 full proposal submission opening: 25 January 2024

Stage 2 full proposal submission deadline: 27 March 2024, 2pm CET

Funding decision communication: June 2024

Project start: September 2024

All information and documentation are available on the CETPartnership website.

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.

EPOS-NL, the Dutch research infrastructure for solid Earth sciences offers free-of-charge access to top Earth scientific research labs in the Netherlands:

  • The ESL High Pressure and Temperature (HPT) Lab at Utrecht University
  • The ESL Tectonic modelling (Tec-)Lab at Utrecht University
  • The Petrophysics Lab (DPL) at Delft University of Technology
  • The Multi-scale Imaging and Tomography (MINT) facilities at Delft University of Technology
  • The Electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA) at Utrecht University
  • The Porous Media Lab at Utrecht University
  • The Rijswijk Centre for Sustainable Geo-energy (RCSG), of TNO

These labs offer capabilities for a.o. A) rock mechanics and fluid transport testing at crustal conditions, on samples ranging from mm to meter-scale, B) analogue modelling of tectonic processes, and C) a wide range X-ray tomography techniques, for 3D imaging down to sub-micrometer resolution. Access includes lab use, scientific support and financial support for travel, accommodation, or sample shipment.

Apply now – the call for (max 2-page) proposals is open from 1 February to 17 March