Open Calls

The Geothermica and JPP Smart Energy Systems ERA Nets have launched a joint call to foster the integration of existing technology as well as technology development for clean energy. Projects should develop innovative solutions or new concepts for one or more of the following challenges:
Climate-neutral resources for heating and cooling, including subsurface (shallow and deep geothermal, solar thermal, and other sources of renewable heating and cooling) and utilisation of local and regional excess resources.
A resource-efficient and sustainable distribution, storage and utilisation of heating and cooling. This includes short time and seasonal thermal storage options and innovations for heating and cooling networks, and conversion technologies such as heat pumps to distribute the heating and cooling and adjust the temperature level where needed.
Integration of heating and cooling in the local and regional energy systems, including aspects of sector coupling, smart integration and control tools which shall leverage synergies and utilise flexibilities in locally and regionally available energy sources, the local and regional infrastructures, as well as the user and consumer structures from different sectors (including, e. g. communities, industrial facilities, or the transportation system) and related consumption patterns.


SEAI will support all topics within the call, GSI will support geothermal energy related projects. Please carefully read all related documents and terms and conditions - in particular national rules for Ireland.

All applicants must contact NCP in advance of submitting the application to ensure eligibility.

For full information please see the Geothermica website

SEAI and GSI are participating as national funders in this joint 2021 call. Proposals can include requests for funding from SEAI and/or GSI, however individual organisations can only request funding from one or other national funder, as relevant. Please review the guidance within Annex 1 of the Call Test. For any queries please contact the relevant NCP.





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.