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SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme 2019

The SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme (SFI FFP) is now open. A link to the SFI website outlining the programme in full can be found here. The call document is also included as an attachment for your review.

The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are collaborating partners to SFI on this programme.


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

  • Frontiers for the Future Projects will provide funding for high-risk, high-reward research that facilitates highly innovative and novel approaches to research. FFP Projects will be funded for 24, 36 or 48 months with a budget range of  €200,000  - €480,000 (direct costs)
  • 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. Awards will be funded for 48 or 60 months with a budget range of €500,000  - €1,000,000 (direct costs)


Full details on programme eligibility are available in the call document attached. Proposals are submitted under two stages; pre-proposal and full proposal.  Applicants are asked to submit a pre-proposal on or before March 28th. Following international peer review of pre-proposals, it is estimated that the top 100 ranked Frontiers for the Future Programme Project applications and the top 50 Frontiers for the Future Programme Award applications will be invited to submit a full proposal with a deadline of August 13th.


Both emerging and established candidates are encouraged to apply to these programmes. Applicants can apply under the Emerging Investigator category, where they have not previously held a significant SFI research award or are re-entering the competitive scientific field after a period of research leave.

The “Emerging Investigator” category will be assessed alongside and against the same criteria as all other applicants; however, the weighting of the review scores will mean that there is increased emphasis on the quality of the research over the track record. Please refer to the call document for further details pertaining to the Emerging Investigator category.  


Key Dates:

  • SFI will host a webinar outlining the Frontiers for the Future Programme call and its application process on Wednesday 13th February at 11am (Dublin local time). You can register for this webinar through the Frontiers of the Future Programme website
  • Pre-proposal deadline - 28th March 2019 at 13:00 Dublin Local Time
  • Full Proposal deadline - 13th August 2019 at 13:00 Dublin Local Time


For those progressing an application to this programme, please contact 

Funding Agency: 
Science Foundation Ireland
Thursday, March 28, 2019