Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Industry Fellowship Programme


Fellowships can have a duration of between 1 and 12 months if full-time, and between 2 and 24 months if part-time. The maximum Industry Fellowship award amount is €100,000 direct costs. Please refer to the updated 2018 Programme Call Document for further details. SFI welcomes applications from all eligible applicants including female researchers and engineers.

Finding a partner

SFI will host an Industry Fellowship Information & Networking Event from 10am – 2pm on Thursday 4th October at the Aviva Stadium. The aim of this event is to provide applicants with the most up-to-date information on the 2018 Industry Fellowship Call and to facilitate networking between potential fellows and industry hosts. Please register for this event here.

A LinkedIn group called SFI Industry Fellowship Programme has been set up by SFI to facilitate networking between industry and academic researchers. Companies are encouraged to make their interest known to the academic community, and/or to advertise specific research opportunities, by posting on this 900+ members group’s page. Academic researchers are encouraged to engage with relevant companies. Several companies have already published an advertisement and got a response–join the group today!

The SFI researcher database and the KTI Expert database list potential academic research partners. Postdoctoral Researchers do not appear in these databases – companies can identify the appropriate team leader from the database and contact them to discuss whether there are eligible researchers in their group (faculty and/or postdoctoral researchers). The Research Offices of the Irish academic and research institutions may also assist companies in identifying prospective academic partners.

Note: Prior to commencing your search for a Partner, please refer to the Industry Fellowship Programme Call Document in order to understand the eligibility criteria associated with the Programme. Academic and Industry researchers should jointly prepare an application. The Academic researcher will submit the application to SFI via SESAME, SFI’s grants and awards management system.

For general queries, including eligibility queries, applicants are advised to contact the Research Office of the Research Body to whom they intend to submit their application. For additional information or clarification, contact

Key dates

The deadline for application for the 2018 Industry Fellowship Programme is 13:00 (Dublin local time) on the 23rd November 2018.



SFI hosted a webinar on Wednesday 19 September 2018

  • To view a recording of this webinar please click here
  • To view the slides from this webinar please click here.

How to apply

All proposals are to be submitted via SESAME, SFI’s online grants and awards management system. SESAME will be accessible online for this call starting from 17 September 2018. If accessing SESAME for the first time, researchers should contact their local Research Office to get access to the system.

For more information, view the SESAME User Guides or read the SESAME Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Please note that SFI expects a high volume of applications to be submitted to this programme, and has limited SESAME helpdesk resources. To avoid any delays in submission, researchers should familiarise themselves with the SESAME system and online help resources provided well in advance of the SFI and institutional internal call deadlines.

Queries relating to SESAME which are not answered in the SESAME FAQ document referred to above should first be directed to your Research Body’s Research Office. If still unresolved, queries should be e-mailed to Please be aware that the response time for queries may be up to 5 working days.

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