This programme is a vehicle to enable the addition of new industrial and academic partners and projects to a SFI Research Centre, so allowing the Centre to expand and develop in line with new priorities and opportunities. It is expected that the Spokes Programme will enhance the ability of SFI Research Centres to deliver significant economic and societal impact for Ireland. The Spokes programme also provides a vehicle to link together different Research Centres, in a meaningful and relevant way.

Like the SFI Research Centres, the SFI Spokes programme will help link scientists and engineers in partnerships across academia and industry to address crucial research questions, foster the development of new and existing Ireland-based technology companies, attract industry that could make an important contribution to Ireland and its economy, and expand educational and career opportunities in Ireland in science and engineering.

Call Description

The Spokes call will remain open, with no closing date (until further notice), to allow Research Centres to apply for funding at any time for new collaborative research projects with an industry partner(s).

Industry partner(s) must make a minimum cash contribution of 50% of the Spoke Budget associated with an application. If multiple industry partners are associated with the proposal, the minimum combined industry cash contribution must be 50% of the total award size.

Proposals submitted to the Spokes Call are expected to be characterised by their high level of importance and urgency to both the Research Centre and industry partners. The following should be noted regarding the evaluation of applications to the Spokes Call:

  • Timing of the application submission is determined by the applicants and not SFI
  • The proposal review process is fast-tracked
  • Assessment of the proposal is on its own merit and not in competition with other proposals

Call document and downloads

SFI reserves the right to make amendments to the documents if required. Please ensure that you are referring to the most recent version of the Call document and FAQs.

How to apply

As detailed in the Spokes Call Document, applicants to the Spokes Call must submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) prior to submission of a full application. This is done outside of SESAME, through submission by email to

Applicants who submit EoIs that are reviewed positively by SFI will be invited to submit a full application which will be evaluated by international peer review. Full proposals are submitted via SESAME, SFI’s online grants and awards management system.

For queries relating to the Spokes Programme or to schedule a meeting with SFI, please contact