SFI’s Brussels Conference Programme provides support for the organisation of one-day events in Brussels, Belgium that help enable the creation of opportunities for Ireland and Irish researchers to influence EU policy, to help in the development of Horizon 2020 work programmes and to foster collaborations of strategic importance across the European Research Area (ERA). The Brussels Conference Programme focuses on funding the scientific aspect of the event (for example costs associated with invited speakers). For SFI to help support and realise such events it is crucial that all relevant stakeholders within the research community join forces to catalyse and stimulate the creation of ideas and solutions to bring to a European platform. It will be expected that submissions to this Call will be coordinated through the SFI-funded Research Centres but will involve a broad cohort from the wider research community, both from Ireland and abroad, to ensure that multiple offerings are covered. A robust promotional plan for the event at both national and European level will therefore need to be considered as part of any proposal. Applicants will also be expected to work closely with the Enterprise Ireland Brussels office in planning the logistics of holding such an event.


It is anticipated that the costs for hosting such an event will be no greater than €50,000. The following are eligible costs to the programme: venue hire, meals, programme material, travel costs are eligible costs for speakers only and accommodation costs (maximum of one overnight stay) are eligible costs for speakers only

Key dates

  • Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year; the Programme is open on a rolling call basis.
  • Applications may not be submitted more than 12 months in advance of an event.
  • Applications must be submitted at least four months in advance of the event.

Key documents