Written answers

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Science Foundation Ireland

Photo of Matt ShanahanMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent)
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1247. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of funding available under Science Foundation Ireland research call SFI Research Infrastructure Programme 2021; the value of the call; the proposed number of preferred successful candidates; the closeout date; the award date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39409/21]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Science Foundation Ireland have committed €5 million towards the SFI Research Infrastructure programme in 2021. The programme is also supported by SEAI who have committed €1 million towards proposals within their remit. The current available funding under the programme is therefore €6 million.

There is no maximum budget request for research infrastructure proposals, therefore there is no preferable number of candidates, rather the top ranking proposals will be funded within the available budget.

The review process is currently underway and the awards will be made before the end of the 2021. SFI will operate a reserve list for projects should further funding be available.


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