Open Calls

Science Foundation Ireland Frontiers for the Future Programme

SFI, in partnership with GSI, have announced the Frontiers for the Future Programme. Funding 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.

The new programme comprises two streams – Frontiers for the Future Programme Projects and Frontiers for the Future Programme Awards

  • Frontiers for the Future Projects (2, 3 or 4 years; €200k-480k) will provide funding for high-risk, high-reward research that facilitates highly innovative and novel approaches to research.
  • Frontiers for the Future Awards (4 or 5 years; €500k-1M) will provide larger scale funding for innovative, collaborative and excellent research programmes that have the potential to deliver economic and societal impact.

The SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme will replace the SFI Investigators Programme and the SFI Career Development Award Programme.

Pre-proposal deadline is March 28th, 2019. Full proposal deadline is August 13th 2019

Further information is available on the SFI funding website

SEAI RD&D call

GSI have partnered with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland for their 2019 Research, Development and Demonstration funding call.


The programme objectives include the following:

  • Accelerate the development and deployment in the Irish marketplace of competitive energy-related products, processes and systems
  • Support solutions that enable technical and other barriers to market uptake to be overcome
  • Grow Ireland's national capacity to access, develop and apply international class RD&D
  • Provide guidance and support to policy makers and public bodies through results, outcomes and learning from supported energy projects

GSI will co-fund up to two projects;

  1. Novel drilling and exploration techniques for deep geothermal resources
  2. Improved estimation of deep geothermal resources in Ireland

For full details about the call and call documents please go to the SEAI RDD call website

iCRAG Public Perception and Understanding Research Programme


The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) invites potential research supervisors to submit proposals under the Centre's Public Perception and Understanding (PPU) challenge area. The research will be supported from iCRAG funds. Please note that all research projects must be completed by 31st December 2020, which is the termination date for iCRAG's current phase of funding. Please read Section 4 – Project Duration and Budget for more information about the duration and start/end dates for projects.

All research must be completed by 31st December 2020, we are unable to support PhD or MSc projects but we encourage applications for postdoctoral research and/or, if appropriate, for projects to be carried out by a research assistant.

Research Themes

  • Public Engagement and Citizen Science
  • Public Perception and Public Acceptance
  • Risk Communication and the Geosciences

The deadline for applications is 12pm, Wednesday, 6th March 2019. Late applications will not be considered.

Project Duration and Budget

Small-scale projects

Duration: up to 12 months, Value: 100,000 euro, Start Date by 1st December 2019 at the latest.

Medium-scale projects

Duration: 12-18 months, Value: 120,000 euro, Start Date by 1st July 2019 at the latest.

Queries about the call for proposals please email or go to the iCRAG website

GSI Griffith Awards    

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The aim of the GSI Griffith Geoscience Awards is to provide teaching cover and support to allow excellent researchers to pursue novel research ideas and advance pioneering scientific discoveries. It is expected that the research outputs will be ambitious; projects moving into new areas of research or developing new synergies with other disciplines/area of expertise will be prioritised. Proposals should include either proof of concept studies for a novel and innovative research idea or application of existing expertise in a new area of research.

Ultimately the outputs should help build expertise and capacity, increase research impact and improve the quality and sustainability (through diversification) of geoscience research in Ireland.

It is envisaged that all research funded under the Griffith Geoscience Awards will lead to an extended programme of research and development in the areas funded. It is also expected that the research to be undertaken is not currently being funded by other research funding agencies (either due to exclusion of the specific topic or the high risk/high gain nature of the research).

GSI aims to support groundbreaking research in the following areas:

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Geohazards
  • Remote sensing and Earth Observation
  • Earth resources (including water)
  • Marine geoscience
  • Artificial Intelligence/machine learning for geoscience data

Griffith Awards Terms and Conditions, Submission Information, Templates and FAQs

GSI PostDoctoral Fellowships

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GSI will fund Postdoctoral Fellowships for a maximum of two years, up to €75,000 per year. GSI fellows are expected to push the boundaries in their area of expertise. The theme for this call is;

The role of geoscience in addressing climate change and managing our natural resources
The aim of the Fellowships is to address key scientific questions, build capacity, increase research impact and strengthen geoscience research teams in Ireland. It is expected that the research outputs will be of use to the GSI, the wider research community and other relevant stakeholders.
Research Topics
GSI will support projects specifically related to the following areas:

  • Geothermal: De-risking exploration of the subsurface for geothermal heat /energy production
  • Tellus: Novel methods to understand and improve soil health (must include the use of Tellus data)
  • Tellus: The use of geoscience data to support mineral prospectively mapping (must use Tellus geophysics / geochemistry data)  
  • Marine geoscience: Modelling sea level change in Ireland
  • Groundwater: Assessing and understanding changes in groundwater quality/quantity
  • Geology: Modelling the Pre-Carboniferous basement of Ireland as a structural template and source of metals (GSI data and corestore holdings should be utilised)
  • Earth Observation: Novel use of satellite and remotely sensed data for geoscience mapping and monitoring
  • Minerals: The application of machine learning techniques in the mineral exploration
  • Palaeoclimate/climate: Use of geological materials in addressing climate change
  • Geohazards: Monitoring of groundwater or landslip processes affecting infrastructure; towards real time warning systems

Postdoctoral Fellowships Terms and Conditions, Submission Information, Templates and FAQs