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Science Foundation Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for research in Ireland. It advances co-operative efforts among education, government and industry that support its fields of emphasis and promotes Ireland’s reputation for science and engineering research.

SFI promotes and supports the study of, education in, and engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and, in particular, to the growth of the economy.

In 2020/21, SFI funded the Red Zone in November 2020, as well as the Kilogram Zone (part of I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here) in March 2021.

Previous Zones funded by SFI: Green Zone in Summer 2020, Shape the Future Zone, Energy Zone, Sodium Zone, Food Zone, and Water Zone in November 2019, New Materials Zone, Smart Data Zone, and Environmental Care Zone in November 2018, Energy Zone and Fluorine Zone in November 2017, Farming Zone, Smart Data Zone, and Light Zone in November 2016, Nanoscience Zone and Nitrogen Zone in November 2015, Boron Zone in November 2014, Helium Zone and Lithium Zone in November 2013, and Health Zone and Hydrogen Zone in November 2012.

Previous funders

WTWellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust are dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. They support the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. Wellcome’s public engagement grants are intended to promote interest, excitement and debate around science and society.

Previous Zones funded by Wellcome Trust: Drug Discovery Zone in November 2019, Genes Zone and Neon Zone in November 2018, Diagnosis and Food in November 2017, Oxygen Zone and Mutation Zone in November 2016, and Beryllium Zone in November 2014.

Other Zones have been funded by the following:

Royal Society of Chemistry – New Materials Zone in November 2016, Drug Synthesis Zone and Food Science Zone in November 2015, Sustainability Zone in November 2014.

Euroscience Open Forum Dublin City of Science 2012 – Health Zone, Hydrogen Zone

European Space Education Resource Office – Space Zone in November 2013 and Space Zone in November 2012.

European Society for Evolutionary BiologyEvolution Zone

Institute of Physics in Ireland – Nanotechnology Zone