Launch of EU co funded SFI ARC Hub Programme

The goal of the SFI ARC Hub Programme is to establish a new model for regional innovation and entrepreneurial training, that will catalyse a step-change in the translation of cutting-edge publicly-funded research toward impact at a regional level.

The SFI ARC Hub Programme will enhance and accelerate the commercialisation of research to create new products, processes and services. The realisation of the overall national programme will be through the establishment of regional SFI ARC Hubs focused on specific thematic areas that will be aligned with the respective regional strategic priorities and the ‘National Smart Specialisation Strategy for Innovation 2022-2027’ (S3).

The aim of this particular SFI ARC Hub call is to establish a Hub in the Northern and Western (NW) Region of Ireland.

The SFI ARC Hub, as a distributed consortium of Research Bodies, will create a regional ecosystem focused on optimising research translation and training future entrepreneurs through establishing new academic networks and bringing together stakeholders, while leveraging existing supports, as appropriate. It is expected that SFI ARC Hubs will foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship supported by processes that will operationalise and scale opportunity realisation to deliver transformative new products, processes and services to market.

The SFI ARC Hub Programme is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under two European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Regional Programmes – the Southern, Eastern and Midland Regional Programme 2021-2027 and the Northern and Western Regional Programme 2021-2027. All applicants must comply with the relevant EU and the ERDF regulations as outlined in the Call Document and with the national law. Failure to do so will render the application ineligible for funding.

Key Dates

Call announcement: 17th June 2024

Deadline for abstract submission:  22nd July 2024, 13:00 Dublin Local Time

Deadline for submission of full proposal: 23rd September 2024, 13:00 Dublin Local Time

Panel review: Late January 2025

Funding decision: April 2025