Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Writing an Impact Statement:
Writing an Impact Statement Dr. James Cunningham

SFI International Strategic Cooperation Award:
The ISCA programme supports new and existing research-based collaborations between Ireland’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and partner organisations in four designated countries: Japan, Brazil, India and the People’s Republic of China.

ISCA Japan

The ISCA Japan consortium, announced by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny during his visit to Japan in December 2013, proposes to develop a programme of activities to expand on existing linkages between the Irish and Japanese research communities. The programme aims to establish a framework for a higher level of academic and industrial interaction between Ireland and Japan, and will develop a range of activities around six broad themes:

  • Advanced manufacturing and materials
  • Environmental and climate sciences and technologies
  • ICT and Big Data analytics
  • Imaging and optics
  • Future healthcare including connected health
  • Medical devices and regenerative medicine

Led by NUI Galway, the Irish institutions involved in the Japan consortium are Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT), NUI Maynooth, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick and Waterford Institute of Technology.

Under the ISCA Japan programme provision has been made for funding bi-lateral short term visits for NUI Galway researchers. If you wish to apply for funding under the programme please download the application form for NUI Galway Researchers to the ISCA Japan Programme.  Completed forms should be submitted to at least 4 weeks prior to any proposed visits to/from Japan.
ISCA Japan Application Form

ISCA Brazil

Research Brazil Ireland (RBI) brings together Irish third-level institutions and research centres as a consortium to drive a coordinated national approach to promote Ireland’s scientific and technological reputation in Brazil and to highlight Ireland’s attractiveness as an international research partner. The programme develops research and educational links between the two countries across five thematic areas:

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Environmental Science and Technologies
  • Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Biopharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Health
  • Sustainable Energy and Agroproduction

The Irish institutions involved in RBI are Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University of Limerick, and Waterford Institute of Technology.

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ISCA India

The ISCA India consortium serves as a portal for any Indian academic or industrial group interested in expanding their activities to Ireland, and provides a coordinated national approach to promote Ireland´s scientific and technological reputation in India. The programme aims to develop research and educational links between the two countries in all areas of mutual interest that lie within the remit of SFI, and to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and the development of joint innovative proposals. The envisaged outcomes include:

  • increased impact of Irish and Indian research through synergy of scale and engagement of complementary expertise
  • increased access to non-exchequer funds for both countries from international (EU-Horizon 2020) and private sources
  • increased entry of high-skilled Indian students and scientists in Irish R&D
  • the promotion of Ireland as a desirable place for education, research and technology
  • increased communication and improved relationships between the two countries

Trinity College Dublin is leading the ISCA India Consortium under the direction of Professor Vincent Cahill and Professor Mani Ramaswami. The other Irish institutions involved are Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, Waterford Institute of Technology and University College Cork.

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ISCA China

The International Strategic Collaboration Programme: China (ISCP China) aims to build research capacity between Irish and Chinese universities and knowledge-intense industries in the strategically important areas of ICT, biomedical science and nanotechnology. The main objectives of ISCP China are to:

  • Strengthen and extend the existing research relationships between Irish researchers, leading Chinese Institutions and key state laboratories through knowledge and people exchange.
  • Develop new China–Ireland partnerships focused on research excellence in our strategic thematic areas, that will prove competitive, sustainable and scaleable in international funding programmes.
  • Build greater cultural understanding between the research communities of the two countries as an important element of future research cooperation.
  • Utilise the experience of research collaboration with China to help Irish companies compete in the world’s second largest economy and to encourage foreign direct investment into Ireland for national economic benefit.

NUI Maynooth leads the programme in collaboration with Dublin City University, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology together with 39 different Chinese Institutions.

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The China Ireland Research Consortium
The China–Ireland Research consortium aims to build a cohesive infrastructure for the development of strategic links between Irish Research Institutions and Chinese academia and industry. The goal of China–Ireland Research is to build on individual strengths and consolidate interactions around a shared agenda in order to develop research and innovation collaborations in three key thematic areas: Agri-Food, ICT and Health. The principles underpinning the China–Ireland Research programme include:

  • Building credibility as a truly national programme.
  • Engaging with the best research teams in China, sending top-class Irish researchers to work with them.
  • Identifying and prioritising shared objectives between the consortium and Export Trade Council.
  • Delivering early success to build sustainability while ensuring long-term larger objectives are met.

The China–Ireland Research consortium is led by University College Dublin, together with its partners Cork Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, Teagasc, University College Cork, University of Limerick and Waterford Institute of Technology, and is active in three regional bases in China—Beijing, Shanghai, and the Shenzhen-Hong Kong area.

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SFI SIRG Programme 2018

NUI SIRG 2018 EOI Template