Discover funding

SFI wants to help people to consider, question and debate the key issues in science and society. The purpose of the call is to support projects that encourage people of all ages and from all walks of life to be informed, inspired and involved in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

See highlights of some of the projects funded by SFI Discover in 2016:

You can also see highlights of 2014 Discover funded projects and 2015 projects.

The mission of the SFI Discover Programme is to catalyse, inspire and guide the best in STEM education and public engagement.  In support of this mission the purpose of the SFI Discover Programme Call is to support and develop the STEM education and public engagement sector in Ireland by:

  • Investing in developing and extending capacity in this area
  • Exploring and encouraging novel means of public engagement and communications

The objectives of the SFI Discover Programme call is to:

  • Stimulate interest, excitement and debate about STEM through various methods
  • Support formal and informal learning within STEM
  • Promote awareness and understanding of the importance and relevance of STEM to everyday life, reaching new audiences not normally engaged with STEM, as well as continuing to target existing audiences
  • Encourage new ways of thinking about STEM
  • Encourage high quality inter-disciplinary practice and collaborative partnerships
  • Investigate and test new methods of engagement, participation and education
  • Leverage, support and broaden, where possible, existing programmes

Applications are open to a wide range of people and organisations, including science communicators; STEM festival organisers; science centres, museums, artists; educators; professionals and academics in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM); arts agencies; production companies; schools; local authorities (libraries, city/county councils etc.); universities and colleges; youth clubs; community groups; and research institutes.

Partnership projects (between different people and organisations, e.g. scientists and ethicists, educators and artists) are welcomed. Applicants are required to apply through an organisation, such as an academic institution, charitable body, not-for-profit organisation or commercial company.

Currently funded projects

Strategic partners

OrganisationProject TitleLink to Project
Engineers Ireland Steps Programme

Royal Dublin Society

The Festival of Curiosity 2014 and 2015
Waterford Institute of Technology - Calmast Maths Week Ireland
Trinity College Dublin - Science Gallery New Strategic Partnership - Science Gallery and SFI Discover



Other projects

OrganisationProject TitleLink to Project

Atlantic Corridor

SWIM - Science With Inspirational Mentors
School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin DART of Physics
The Rediscovery Centre Ltd "Let's Talk Science Festival!"
Scouting Ireland Scouting STEM - exploring and discovering the world about us
Calmast Bealtaine Living Earth Festival 2015
AMBER Science LIVE! - virtual tours of Irish science centres
Dublin Institute of Technology : Resources to support Higher Education Engagement Activities

NUI Galway

Cell EXPLORERS - national expansion of a sustainable public engagement model

Science on Stage in Ireland

Science on Stage inspiring engagement in science
Gallomanor Communications Ltd I'm a Scientist/Engineer, Get me out of here!

Insight Centre for Data Analytics

Thesis in 3 (Tin3) 2015

Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials

Chimera - Art and Science Project  

Kite Entertainment


Brain Freeze



EngAGE with Science: An Intergenerational Public Engagement Programme

Science Gallery

Science Includes Me - Transition Year Mentoring Programmes that bridge science, the arts and design

Lewis Glucksman Gallery

Boolean Expressions: Contemporary art and mathematical data

St. Patrick's Festival

SFI Discover Science Zone at The Festival Big Day Out

CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Cosmos at the Castle: The Space for Science
CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory All You Need Is Space - A Festival Of Space Science

Galway Education Centre

EXCITED - The DIGITAL Learning Movement

Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre Medicines in my Life
CoderDojo Foundation Child Protection; creating the infrastructure to ensure the future sustainability of CoderDojo Ireland
Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland (RCSI) Debating Science Issues Competition - National Semi- Finals & Final 2015

Biomedical Diagnostics Institute

BioBoxes: Engaging hospitalized children in Biomedical Science & Health  
Trinity College Dublin Student2Scientist: Coding Junior-Cycle Science in Space  
Trinity College Dublin Smart World / Full Life  
Project Arts Centre Prototype Festival 2015: Playful Engineering Strand  

National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Letters of 1916: Community Engagement  

Insight Centre for Data Analytics


The All-Ireland Apps4Gaps competition
Tyndall National Institute


ICS Skills Tech Week
Waterford Institute of Technology The Robert Boyle Summer School 2015 television Ltd.

INSIDERS, a children's television series about STEM to be broadcast by RTÉ


Learning Hub Limerick

Science Hub Limerick

British Council Ireland


Rough Magic

BEES; A Musical by WillFredd Theatre

Ballyhoura Development Ltd.

Limerick's Buzzing: Citizen Science Project
Cork Electronics Industry Association (CEIA) Cork Electronics Industry Association - George Boole 200
University College Dublin UCD Science Expressions
Waterford Institute of Technology STEAM @ Sproai and SprOg
Royal Dublin Society Continuous Professional Development on STEM for Primary School Teachers: A National Mark of Excellence  

Previously funded

OrganisationProject TitleLink to Project

Dublin City University

Centre for Academic Advancement


Munster Regional Festival of Science and Mathematics  


North Munster and Region Maths Week 2014  

Atlantic Corridor


Midlands Science Festival 2014

University College Cork

Debating Science Issues - National Semi-Finals and Finals  

Galway Science & Technology Forum

Galway Science & Technology Festival

University College Cork

My Gut Feeling  

Mayo County Council

Mayo Science & Technology Festival

University College Dublin Thesis in 3 (Tin3) 2014  
University College Dublin Ecology and Evolution In Action: Lessons from Bats  
Dublin City University Busking Physics  

Cork City Council


Discovery Science Festival

University College Dublin Earth Festival - Science through Art: A collaborative learning experience
Brigit's Garden Exploring Nature's Power  
University College Galway

Youth Academy STEM

National University of Ireland Galway

Cell Explorers

Royal Dublin Society


Curiosity Lab @ Science Week  
Waterford Institute of Technology Robert Boyle Science Week  
Waterford Institute of Technology Bealtaine Festival  
Galway Atlantaquaria Explorers Education Programme  
CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory MySPACE – Astronauts, Dreams and Ireland’s involvement in Space  
Lifetime Lab VEX IQ Junior Robotics Programme  
Galway Education Centre Irish Schools Mini Sumo Robots Challenge  
National University of Ireland Maynooth

Maker Ireland - The Irish Maker Festival


St Patrick's Festival


SFI Discover Science Zone at the Festival Big Day Out  

British Council Ireland

Famelab Ireland 2014  
National University of Ireland Maynooth A scalable portable humanoid robot soccer exhibition platform  
CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory Project TARA  

Trinity College Dublin

SunSpotters – Bringing the Sun to Secondary School Students  
True Films Unbreakable Tour  
Tyndall Institute, UCC Citizen Solar Scientist  


BEAST! (Baboró: Environment, Arts, Science & technology)


Galway City Museum Navigation Gallery  
University College Cork The Maths Circles Initiative!/

ICS Skills Tech Week 2014
Gallomanor Communications Limited I'm a Scientist / Engineer - Get me out of here