The SDG Challenge SFI Future Innovator Prize 2021-Apply Today!



6th October 2021, 13:00 Dublin Local Time


Dr Darragh O’Neill, Challenge Lead

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call to action for all countries, in partnership, to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. 

Achieving the SDGs lies at the heart of Ireland’s international development policy, A Better World, as well as being part of SFI’s new strategy, Shaping our Future, to deliver tangible benefits for society. With these common goals, Irish Aid (Department of Foreign Affairs)are partnering with SFI to the launch the SDG Challenge.  

The SDG Challenge seeks to support diverse, transdisciplinary teams to develop transformative, sustainable solutions that will contribute to addressing development challenges under the UN SDGs in countries where Irish Aid works. 

What are the objectives of the SDG Challenge?

The overarching purpose of the SDG Challenge is to develop transformative, sustainable solutions that will contribute to addressing development challenges under the UN SDGs in Irish Aid’s partner countries. 

The objectives of the SDG Challenge are: 

  • To promote sustainability and the important role that STEM plays in addressing global sustainability issues and the SDGs; 
  • To provide opportunities for Ireland-based STEM-researchers to form diverse teams to identify key development challenges where technology can deliver transformative impact with a focus on southern partner countries; 
  • To enable the development of collaborations between researchers in Ireland and researchers in partner countries where Irish Aid works; 
  • To support the development, deployment and demonstration of sustainable technologies across a range of application areas. 

The SDG Challenge will be run within the challenge-funding framework of the SFI Future Innovator Prize Programme, whose specific objectives are as follows: 

  • To support development of novel, potentially disruptive, technologies to address significant national and global challenges.  
  • To support the formation of high-performance interdisciplinary teams based on integration of diverse STEM disciplines and complementary skillsets.  
  • To promote convergence of knowledge, practice and methods from different disciplines and sectors.  
  • To promote engagement between researchers and stakeholders/beneficiaries of research.  
  • To accelerate societal impact from publicly funded research.  

What is Challenge Funding?

Challenge Theme What are the objectives of the SDG Challenge?

Who can apply?

Phase Funding & DurationCall documentation and how to apply?

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