Science Foundation Ireland 2050 Challenge for Researchers (€1,000,000 prize)

Science Foundation Ireland 2050 Challenge for Researchers (€1,000,000 prize)

Deadline: October 21, 2022

Do you have an idea for a solution that could help Ireland in achieving its 2050 climate objectives? The 2050 Challenge seeks transformative, forward-looking solutions to Ireland becoming climate neutral and resilient by 2050. 

The 2050 Challenge will support researchers to be part of the transition to a climate-resilient, biodiversity-rich, environmentally sustainable and climate-neutral economy. Participation in the challenge will involve teams progressing through phases, each supporting further development of the challenge concept and solution, to compete for an overall Prize Award of €1M.

It is an agile, fast-paced programme that allows research teams to work with societal stakeholders to deliver tangible impact through their research. In addition to funding, teams are provided with training and mentoring to support acceleration of an idea and to demonstrate how it can solve real-world problems. Participation has the potential to create significant career development and collaborative opportunities.

Funding

  • The 2050 Challenge comprises of four phases: Concept, Seed, Grow and Prize Award. Participation in the challenge will involve teams progressing through phases, each supporting further development of the challenge concept and solution, to compete for an overall Prize Award of €1M. 

Eligibility

  • Applications are welcome from teams of academic researchers based at eligible Irish research bodies. Teams are strongly encouraged to consider including researchers from different and diverse disciplines, at all career stages.
  • Applications should be submitted by two academic researchers who will act as team lead and co-lead. In addition, it is strongly recommended that applications identify a Societal Impact Champion to act in a non-technical leadership role. Where a Societal Impact Champion is not identified at the time of application, teams successful in their applications will be expected to have the Societal Impact Champion in place soon after their award commences.

Application

The deadline for submission of applications to this call will be October 21, 2022 (13:00 Dublin Local Time). Applications must be submitted through SFI’s Grants Management System SESAME.

For more information, visit 2050 Challenge.

Share