Fulbright Scholar Program

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Fulbright Scholar Award

Future Scoping and Challenge-Based Funding

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

Candidates would be expected to collaborate with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) officials in scoping of future technology areas and in the definition and validation of areas of interest for challenge-based and mission-oriented funding activities. Subject matter experts from a broad range of areas under the banner of ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’ (STEM), as well as experts in public policy as it pertains to STEM, will be considered.

Scholars will be involved in the scoping and design of novel initiatives to direct research activity towards pressing societal and technical challenges and thus drive the delivery of significant impact. Challenge-based funding models are an increasingly prevalent tool used by governments, philanthropists, and other funders to drive research, development, and innovation activities toward addressing significant societal and technical challenges. SFI is employing this approach where there is evidence for a strong underpinning role for cutting-edge science and engineering to contribute to addressing significant global challenges.

Scholar would be required to provide expertise and advice in a relevant scientific discipline area (including, but not limited to climate, sustainable development, food security, health, and wellbeing etc.) in order to contribute to the selection and validation of the most compelling challenges where technology can play a role. We would also be interested in considering candidates with expertise in public policy as it pertains to STEM research, technological change and societal impact as part of the design of these SFI initiatives. Fulbright scholars will be hosted by SFI and will assist by immersing themselves in ongoing assignments related to future technology scoping and challenge-based funding.

Activities would include broad stakeholder engagement including the delivery of seminars, public talks, chairing of workshops, provision of expert advice on challenge criteria, assisting with the identification of international experts and engagement with the host community.

Scholars selected for this award will be required to:
  • Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Award Length and Period

6 to 9 months

September 2022 or January 2023 (flexible)

Locations Text

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation in the Republic of Ireland with responsibility for funding oriented basic and applied research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with a strategic focus.  SFI invests in academic researchers and research teams (in universities and institutes of technology) who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in STEM fields.  The Foundation also promotes and supports the study of, education in, and engagement with STEM and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and, in particular, to the growth of the economy.

SFI makes grants based upon the merit review of distinguished scientists. SFI also advances co-operative efforts among education, government, and industry that support its fields of emphasis and promotes Ireland’s ensuing achievements around the world.

SFI has a staff of approximately eighty people and its offices are based in Dublin, Ireland.

Science Foundation Ireland
3 Park Place, Hatch Street, Dublin 2, Ireland 


Flex Option
Discipline Type
Only projects in the following disciplines will be considered
Computer Science
Environmental Sciences
Medical Sciences
Public Health
Public Policy
Areas of Interest

Climate and Environmental Sciences, Food Sustainability; Data/Computer Science, Health Sciences; Public Policy for STEM areas.


Application Deadline
Activity Type
Professional Project

A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.


Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.

Senior Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of Recipients
Approximately 2
Program Staff
Kimberly Williams
Outreach and Recruitment Officer

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