The SDG Challenge is an opportunity for researchers to develop innovative STEM-based solutions to address global challenges in the area of climate, biodiversity and the environment. In particular, the SDG Challenge 2022 focuses on addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and targets related to SDG 13: Climate Action, SDG 14: Life Below Water and SDG 15: Life on Land.
Funding is available for collaborative research teams based in Ireland and Irish Aid partner countries. The SDG Challenge offers:
- Up to €300k of funding to develop the proposed solution and the opportunity to compete for an overall Prize award of €1M.
- The opportunity to work as part of a transdisciplinary team including both technical and non-technical expertise.
- Support to rapidly develop solutions that can have societal impact.
- The opportunity to translate research into practice.
- Bespoke training to support the team in advancing their project idea, in areas such as evidence-based entrepreneurship, social value, communications and design thinking.
- Access to expertise, networking and guidance through project partners as well as international experts.
- Postdoctoral researchers may act as a Team Lead or Co-Lead and may request up to 100% of their salary, in line with their time commitment to the project.
The SDG Challenge is open for applications with a submission deadline of 22nd of September. Full details are available on the SFI website.