SFI Announces Call for Sustainable Communities Challenge with Funding up to €250,000 and €2 Million Prize Award

Sustainable Communities Challenge

Do you have an idea for a solution that could help Ireland become an environmentally sustainable economy?

The Sustainable Communities Challenge gives academic research teams a unique opportunity to contribute to Ireland’s transition to an environmentally sustainable and climate-neutral economy. Following successful review of applications, teams will receive funding of up to €250,000 and training to accelerate development of their idea. A number of teams will then be selected as finalists and receive up to €500,000 to further develop their idea before an overall winner is selected for the €2 million prize award.

The National Challenge Fund 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 open up significant career development and collaborative opportunities.

The Challenges team will host webinars on Thursday 30th March and Thursday 4th May where applicants can hear about the Sustainable Communities Challenge and ask questions. You can also read more at the SFI Sustainable Communities Challenge website.