SFI-IRC Pathway Programme

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Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish Research Council have opened a call for the SFI-IRC Pathway Programme. The programme supports the development of research talent across all disciplines.

The SFI-IRC Pathway Programme 2021 call supports talented postdoctoral researchers t across all disciplines to carry out excellent research. Funding from this programme will enable excellent early career researchers to develop their track record and establish themselves as independent research leaders, with the support of their host institution.

The SFI-IRC Pathway Programme 2021 call comprises of two streams:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-led stream
  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS)-led stream

The maximum funding request permitted under the SFI-IRC Pathway Programme is €425,000 direct costs over a period of four years which includes a contribution to the salary of the applicant, and the stipend and fees for a PhD student. Please refer to the Programme Call Document for further details.

Potential applicants, meeting the programmes eligibility criteria, wishing to apply to the SFI-IRC Pathway Programme 2021 call must first seek pre-approval from an eligible research body. Once SFI and the IRC have received a research body’s approved candidate list in advance of the deadline (28th May 2021), nominated candidates will then be invited to submit a full proposal. SFI and the IRC recognises the continued need for equality, diversity and inclusivity across the research ecosystem, and are committed to addressing the gender imbalance within the higher education sector by increasing the number of grants held by female researchers. To this end, each research body may nominate a maximum of 16 STEM-led and 8 AHSS-led applications. No more than eight of the 16 STEM-led, and four of the 8 AHSS-led, nominated applications may be from male candidates. Upon submission to SFI all applications will be treated equally regardless of the gender of the applicant.


Steven Galvin

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