SFI Discover Programme Science Week Call 2021

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Science Foundation Ireland has launched the SFI Discover Programme Science Week Call 2021.

Science Foundation Ireland supports Science Week nationally by providing a focused annual platform that stimulates, supports and creates awareness of activity created to engage with citizens.

Science Week is a key part of Science Foundation Ireland’s 2025 Strategy – Shaping Our Future. The Science Week Call contributes to the themes of Top Talent, Tangible Benefits and A Cohesive Ecosystem.  The programme plays a key role in ‘bringing science to life’, and through its core objectives, Science Week activity will contribute to improving diversity and inclusion in science, through its aims to broaden participation both geographically and amongst less represented voices in science.

SFI Discover Programme Science Week 2021

The purpose of the Science Week Call 2021 is to provide support to Festivals and Events nationwide that encourage people, in particular those underrepresented in STEM, or those with less access to STEM to engage in ways that are relevant and accessible during Science Week 2021 and beyond.

The Science Week Call 2021 encourages applicants:

  • who are continuing to develop and deepen their engagement with broader communities through existing Festivals and Events, or
  • who are creating a new offering for a community or region not yet served by Science Week.

Science Week welcomes contributions from across the sciences, arts, media, education, youth and/or community work sectors.  Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for Science Week that create opportunities for broader participation and engagement of the public with science. Science Foundation Ireland is keen to push the boundaries of participation and welcomes new types of events that attract those who would not typically attend a science festival. The communities we wish to engage vary in how they wish to participate. Some will participate in an event, some will join conversations, others will listen, and some will just observe and be aware of the week.  The Science Week Call 2021 will support proposals that broaden the reach and participation of people in Science Week in ways that are most suited to them.

As we continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19 and restrictions which may be in place around gatherings, applications for both digital and/or in person activity will be sought.  Applicants should include appropriate plans in line with government guidelines and contingency plans for any in person events.  Appropriate security and privacy plans for virtual events should be detailed in the application.

The SFI Discover Programme Science Week 2021 Call documents can be found below.

Key Dates

  • Date of Publication: Thursday 1st April 2021
  • Deadline for Submission: completed applications must be submitted by 13.00 hours (Irish time) on Friday 30th April 2021 


  • A webinar to support the SFI Discover Programme Science Week Call will take place the week commencing 12th of April. Please register your interest here

Additional Information​

SFI has specific requirements for the reporting on awards that it makes. Individuals who hold the primary responsibility for reporting and who fail to comply with reporting requirements, run the risk of having their grant payments suspended and their eligibility to apply for funding in forthcoming SFI calls affected.

The SFI Grants and Awards Management System, SESAME, is the primary conduit for reporting. Science Week 2021 awardees will be requested to submit their final report by 31st March 2022. A template for this report will be provided on SESAME.

Successful applicants will be required to outline in the final report the outputs from the funded project (i.e. activities/deliverables/results) and where relevant outcomes (i.e. what has changed as a result of what you have done).

Further Information

For further information on the SFI Discover Programme Science Week 2021 Call please email: discover.programme@sfi.ie

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