SFI – Science Foundation Ireland:

Science Foundation Ireland funds oriented basic and applied research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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TIDA - Technology Innovation Development Award:

TIDA is an SFI programme designed to enable researchers to focus on the initial stages of an applied research project which may have a commercial benefit if further developed. The TIDA programme enables researchers to demonstrate the technical feasibility of an applied research project directed toward the development of a new or innovative technology, product, process or service that has potential for further commercial development.

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SFI SPARK Accelerator Programme?

Over the past 6 years, DCU Ryan Academy has worked in conjunction with SFI and the TIDA Team to deliver commercialisation training to 240 researchers from universities and Higher Education Institutes from all over Ireland who received the Science Foundation Ireland TIDA grant.

The following table shows the exact number of participants over the 6 years:

Since 2012, DCU Ryan Academy has developed a huge expertise in understanding the needs of this client group and had re-developed the programme each year to better suit the needs.

The SFI SPARK Accelerator Programme equips participants with the tools and techniques were are immediately applicable to their research, and helps participants to look at how they can best commercialise their product or service.

The programme delivery is based around the six themes of:

  1. Understanding Entrepreneurship Theory and Principles
  2. Understanding Evidence-Based Entrepreneurship
  3. Understanding Innovation
  4. Understanding Intellectual Property
  5. Understanding the Basics of Setting Up a Business
  6. Understanding Effective Communications and Pitching

Eligibility

Under the TIDA 2017 call, proposals will be accepted from two different categories of applicant:

(A) Independent Investigator – Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) on a competitively awarded, internationally peer reviewed research grant secured/active over the last 5 years (2012 – 2017)

(B) Postdoctoral researchers (with a maximum of 8 years’ postdoctoral experience) currently funded under a competitively awarded, internationally peer reviewed research grant.

For further details on specific eligibility criteria and the application procedure, please review the TIDA 2017 call documentation for further details.

Some Previous Participants: