SFI/DAERA/UKRI Co-Centre Programme

Closing Date: 20/01/2023

Funding is available over a six-year period for collaborative partnerships of researchers and institutions across Ireland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland to develop virtual centres of excellence linking academia and industry in defined thematic areas.

The Co-Centre Programme is a joint research initiative between Ireland, Great Britain, and Northern Ireland to establish collaborative, virtual centres of excellence linking academia and industry to perform cutting-edge research in areas of mutual economic, societal, health and environmental importance. The overall ambition of the programme is to create a dynamic research network across the three jurisdictions.

Co-Centres will be structured according to SFI’s existing model for strategic partnerships and will be funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and co-funded by industry.

Each centre will carry out a work programme comprising two categories of activity:

  • Platform Research: core, non-economic, cross-jurisdictional research or technologies that consolidate activities within individual research groups. This includes PhD and MSc training.
  • Spokes: a series of targeted projects co-designed and co-funded by industry. Groups of projects in similar subtopic areas will be grouped under a single Spoke.

The 2022 call focuses on two thematic areas:

  1. Climate
    • Agriculture, land use, land use change and forestry
    • Transforming transport and mobility
    • Sustainable communities, encompassing urban (including cities and regions), rural and coastal settings
    • Carbon-neutral industries including carbon capture
    • Greenhouse gas removals and establishing sustainable carbon cycles
    • Improving water quality (surface and groundwater)
  2. Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems
    • Food systems and data
    • Safe, secure, healthy, sustainable and personalised nutrition
    • Alternative proteins and healthy, sustainable dietary shifts
    • Sustainable food production incorporating improved resource use efficiency
    • Sustainable food processing
    • Governance and systems changes
    • Food waste and resource efficiency

Each successful Co-Centre shall receive funding for 72 months.

Funding body Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Maximum value €36,000,000
Reference ID S24559
Category Engineering and Physical Sciences
Natural Environment
Biotechnology and Biology
Economic and Social Research
Medical Research
Fund or call Fund