COVER SHEET FOR PROPOSAL TO SCIENCE FOUNDATION IRELAND PROGRAMME

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					COVER SHEET FOR PROPOSAL TO SCIENCE FOUNDATION IRELAND
PROGRAMME NAME CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS RESEARCH AREA BIO ICT Multidisciplinary (BIO/ICT) TITLE OF PROPOSAL (up to 30 words) For Official Use Only

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NAME OF HOST INSTITUTION

FULL NAME OF APPLICANT YEAR Ph.D. RECEIVED:

TOTAL REQUESTED BUDGET (euro)

Gender: PROPOSED DURATION (months 1-60)

REQUESTED STARTING DATE (dd/mm/yy)

If Conference/Workshop, Proposed Number of Days:

Signatures below confirm acceptance and agreement with the SFI grants and awards Terms and Conditions, and that the institution ensures the applicant meets eligibility requirements, and that the project is in full agreement with all legal and regulatory matters governing research in Ireland, and no aspect of this project is already being funded from another source and all details provided are correct .
INSTITUTIONAL SIGNATORY AUTHORITY Name: Position: Email: Correspondence Address: Date: APPLICANT∗ Signed:

Signed:

Date:

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Investigator

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SFI Investigator Programme Grant

Four-year programme grants to support fields of science and engineering that underpin biotechnology and information and communications technology

Checklist

• • • • •

Please read the Support Notes at the end of this document before completing and submitting a proposal. CVs must be included in Section 5. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the two files being submitted electronically are identical to the hard copy. Documents to be submitted electronically: 1. Application Form 2. Nominated Reviewers Documents to be submitted hard copy: 1. Cover letter from Research Body 2. Application Form 3. Nominated Reviewers 4. Letters of Support.

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Application Form and Support Notes
1A Applicant: Name Institution Address Country Postcode Email Phone Fax Investigator Website Correspondence Address (if different)

1B

Research grant collaborators (if any): Use this format for each
Forename(s) in full:
Title (Prof., Dr., etc.):

Surname: Dept/Unit: Address:

Institution:

City: Postcode: Country:
Telephone:

Fax: Email: Webpage:

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Research proposal title (max. 30 words):

3 3A

Research programme summaries: Technical summary (max 250 words)_

3B

Public awareness summary (max 150 words)

4

Keywords (list 10 to 15):

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5 Research proposal NOTE: PLEASE REFER TO SUPPORT NOTES BEFORE COMPLETING THIS SECTION 5A CVs for applicant & research grant collaborators, if applicable (for any collaborators, max. two pages each). List research grant collaborators & senior team members 5B Proposed research programme (max. 15 pages)

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Current or pending support of applicant:
Total Award Project/Proposal Title (include brief description, noting any overlap with current proposal and indicating percentage time commitment)
Amount (euro) Period Covered

Awarding Agency, Grant No. & Website

Current Grants

Approved Grants

Applications Submitted to other Research Agencies

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Infrastructure/facilities required by applicant (max. one page):

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Duration of proposed research programme:
Proposed Start date (dd/mm/yy):

Duration, in months:

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Proposed budget (in euro):
Cost items Staff Equipment Materials Travel Other Indirect cost (calculate @ current rate of 30% total costs minus equipment) Total Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total

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Staff:
Salary (euro)

Position (point on CHIU scale & name if known)

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Total

Total

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Items

Equipment:
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total

Total (euro)

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Materials and consumables:
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total

Description

Total (euro)

13

Travel:
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total

Description

Total (euro)

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Other costs:
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total

Description

Total (euro)

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Publications 15A Publication list: 15B Significant papers:

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Name

List of Collaborators Letters of Support (use this format for each)

Funded/Nonfunded

Institution & Country

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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Support Notes
Introduction Applicants should follow the instructions in these notes to complete the various sections of the application form. The application form can be downloaded from the SFI website (www.sfi.ie). Applications not adhering to these guidelines and those described in the application form will be deemed ineligible and may be returned to the applicant by Science Foundation Ireland. Guidelines • All text should be provided in Times New Roman, font size 12 with single-line spacing. • The number of pages in the application must not exceed the specifications for any given section. • The currency to be used in this application form is the euro (€). • The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all of the relevant information has been included at the time of submission of the application. Nothing may be added subsequent to the deadline. Checklist APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT IN HARD COPY AND SOFT COPY ALL DOCUMENTS AS SPECIFIED IN THE CHECKLIST (see page 2). 1A Applicant, and 1B Research grant collaborators The full details of the applicant must be provided as well as those of research grant collaborators, if any, to be funded under the grant. Participating research bodies must be a university, institute of technology, or public research organisation located in the Republic of Ireland. Attach to the application signed letters of support from all named grant collaborators that outline the nature of the intended collaboration. 2 Research proposal title The title should clearly convey the nature of the research to be undertaken, in up to 30 words. 3 Research programme summaries 3A Technical summary. (max 250 words) This should serve as a succinct and accurate summary of the proposed work when separated from the application. This summary will be sent to potential reviewers and should not include proprietary or confidential information. 3B Public awareness summary (max 150 words) This should serve as a summary for lay readers and outline the contribution of the research to Ireland. 4 Keywords Keywords from the research discipline or sub-discipline that best describe the research proposed in the application. 5 Research proposal The description must be structured in the following manner: A. CVs for applicant & research grant collaborators, if any Each CV should include the ten most significant publications. CVs for any collaborators must not exceed two pages each. A full list of the applicant’s publications should be included in Section 15. B. Research programme (max. 15 pages) Provide sufficient detail for expert reviewers to comment on the quality of the proposed ideas. Include the background, objectives, methodology, milestones, and expected output. Explain how the research will underpin biotechnology or information and communications technology or both. Clearly outline the contribution of collaborators to the work programme. References/citations for the programme do not count toward the 15-page limit.

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6 Current or pending support of applicant The applicant must disclose to the Foundation whether any financial support from another body has been sought, is already provided, or is being sought for the same or related research and, in outline, the focus of the related research. SFI does not permit duplicate funding from another agency of an SFI-funded research programme. For existing grants, please provide grant number and website, where applicable. 7 Infrastructure/facilities required by the applicant Describe, in consultation with the research body, the details of the office or laboratory facilities where the research will be done, including all of the equipment that will be available but excluding equipment requested in this application. In cases where shared equipment or core facilities are being requested, letters of support from colleagues or grant collaborators should be attached to the application. 8 Duration of proposed research programme SFI Investigator Programme grants normally run for a maximum of four years. 9 Proposed budget These costs should specify the direct costs attributable to the research programme. Applicants must give details of all relevant costs, including for staff, equipment, materials, consumables, collaboration, travel, and other direct costs. Indirect costs should be calculated at the current rate of 30 percent of total direct costs excluding equipment. Ensure that the final total provided includes all costs, including indirect costs, and is equal to the total provided on the coversheet. Numbers should be provided in this format: €100,000 Note that all proposal costs must be justified in up to two pages in addition to the description of the research programme. The total annual budget will normally be in the €100,000 to €250,000 range. The awards may be lower or, in exceptional cases, higher than this range. 10 Staff: Salaries and benefits. The following titles should be used for describing the profile of the research team: Postdoctoral Researchers, Postgraduate Researchers, Technical Staff, and Administrative Staff. SFI will reimburse the employer’s PRSI contribution, as appropriate. It would be helpful if, in any budgets submitted, the pay scales being used and the initial point on the particular scale were noted for reference. e.g. CHIU. SFI grants do not fund the salary or benefits of academic staff within Irish research bodies that are in receipt of salaries and benefits for the duration of the grant from the research body. An independent contract research applicant is eligible for salary and related benefits from the host research body, as drawn from the SFI grant, at the verifiable level of the applicant’s current salary providing it is consistent with the State’s compensation levels for academic staff members with comparable experience. While SFI is not involved directly in salary determination, it is guided by the principle that SFI will contribute to a competitive salary, based on the applicant’s verifiable current salary, or an Irish Third level Institution salary, that has been negotiated and agreed with the host institution. SFI also expects that the grant budget will be used to fund the stipends for postgraduate students as well as the relevant fees charged by the host institution. See the website of the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology www.ircset.ie for guidance.

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Please see the SFI website (http://www.sfi.ie), in the FAQ section, for details about salaries and compensation levels. 11 Equipment Details of all equipment necessary for the research programme, above what will be available in the research body, should be provided. 12 Materials and consumables An outline of all materials and consumables that will be used in the course of the research programme should be provided. Note that these may include access to facilities and services not available in the host research body, such as the costs associated with accessing international databases or commissioning specific experiments in other laboratories. 13 Travel Only travel costs for journeys essential to the programme and directly related to the research programme may be claimed as a direct cost on the research grant. The applicant information in this section should outline the details of travel expenses directly related to conferences, scientific collaboration on the research programme, or learning special research techniques. In the case of working visits, the rates sought for subsistence and other allowances may be no more than those which the research body’s permanent staff may claim. 14 Other costs Provide an outline of other costs that do not naturally fit within other areas of the application form. Please note: If you are applying for replacement teaching, please describe in your programme summary the special need that might justify this additional funding. SFI prefers that the costs of replacement teaching be paid from the indirect costs in the grant and will only fund replacement teaching separately in exceptional circumstances, when the review process determines that the application shows that this type of cost is appropriate and could benefit the research programme. 15 Publications 15A List of Publications Please provide the full publication list of the applicant. 15B Significant papers The applicant must submit their 3 most significant papers which are relevant to this research proposal. These papers must have been published within the last 4 years. 16 List of Collaborators Letters of Support Please list all letters of support being submitted in the hard copy application in the format prescribed. Each letter should describe the nature of the collaboration. 17 Nominated reviewers Provide details of at least seven expert researchers appropriate to review this proposal. Nominees should normally not be located in Ireland. They also should not be recent collaborators or co-authors of the applicant or members of the applicant’s institution, or others in whom a conflict of interest may be perceived.

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The applicant may also specify up to three referees who should not act as reviewers for his or her application due to the competitive and confidential nature of the research programme. SFI shall not refer the application to any of these three reviewers. Otherwise, decisions on reviewers shall be at the sole and exclusive discretion of SFI. SFI makes special efforts to include reviewers from nonacademic institutions or adjacent disciplines to that principally addressed in the proposal. Note: Submit this document separately from the application form & cover sheet. NON-COMPLIANCE Proposals may only be accepted on the application form provided by the Foundation. Proposals not in compliance with any details specified in this document, the application form, the Support Notes, or the SFI Terms and Conditions will not be eligible for an award and will be returned without review. SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Proposals may only be accepted on the application form provided by the Foundation. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling call basis. The electronic and hard copy of the application materials must be identical – SFI will not be held responsible for any discrepancies. The application will include: • One electronic copy of the proposal, in MS Word/PDF/Rich Text format, submitted either by email to info@sfi.ie, or on CD-ROM or diskette, and • The signed original completed application, clearly marked “ORIGINAL”, and four copies must be sent to the following address, not to individual SFI staff members: Investigator Programme Science Foundation Ireland Wilton Park House Wilton Place Dublin 2 Ireland

Terms of reference While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of this document, it is provided only for information purposes and as a guide to expected developments. It is not intended, and should not be relied upon, as any form of express or implied warranty, representation, undertaking, contractual, or other commitment binding in law upon Science Foundation Ireland, Forfás, the Government of Ireland, or any of their respective servants or agents. SFI Terms and Conditions shall govern the administration of SFI grants and awards to the exclusion of this and any other oral, written, or recorded statement.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION The Merit Review Process The submission of an application to the Foundation, signed by an applicant and on behalf of a research body, shall be construed as consent by the applicant to participate in the merit review process. In accordance with the merit review process used to evaluate proposals submitted to the Foundation, all proposals will be forwarded to international experts for evaluation. The identity of experts who conduct the review proposals shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed to the applicants. However, the full details on the results of the evaluation, including all of the reviewers’ comments, will be given to the applicant within a reasonable time following the conclusion of SFI’s review process. The Foundation shall not be liable for the release of information concerning proposals to third parties by those international scientists involved in the merit review process. Decisions on reviews shall be at the sole and exclusive discretion of SFI. Proposal Review Criteria These Science Foundation Ireland criteria, as approved by the SFI Board, will be applied: • Quality, significance, and relevance of the proposed research, including the potential to advance knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields. • Quality, significance, and relevance of the recent research record of the proposed investigator. • Quality, significance, and relevance of the proposed research’s potential contribution to fields that underpin biotechnology, information and communications technology, or both, and to the economic, scientific, and educational development of Ireland. • The availability of current and future funds. • The merits of other proposals. The final decision on awards rests with SFI. Progress Reports Each year, no later than thirty days in advance of the annual funding date, SFI must receive from each recipient of an SFI Investigator Grant a report of up to five pages that summarises the progress and achievements thus far as well as a budget request for the year ahead. In the annual budget request, the award recipient may either confirm that the budget originally submitted with the grant was applicable or specify a new budget and justify the changes to the satisfaction of SFI.

Confidentiality
Science Foundation Ireland takes all reasonable steps to ensure that information provided in the application form is treated as confidential subject to submission to the members of its committees and merit review and to any obligations under law. Questions SFI website FAQs: www.sfi.ie SFI infodesk: info@sfi.ie Telephone: + 353 1 607 3200 Fax: + 353 1 607 3201


				
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