Strategic Priorities

The Earth Institute Strategic Priority Support Mechanism aims to stimulate interdisciplinary activity across the Institute, the University and beyond, in the area of environmental research and its cognate disciplines. Funding up to €10,000 is awarded to 2-4 multi-disciplinary teams per annum, supporting non-research costs for targeted projects that are topical, achievable and impactful. 

The 2021 call is now live. Full details of the call, including eligibility, evaluation and the application process can be found in the call document below. Applications can be made using the Word document.

SPSM 2021 call details 

SPSM 2021 application form

The application deadline is 5pm on Monday 31 May 2021. If you have any questions please contact Earth Institute Director Professor Tasman Crowe or our Research Manager, Caitriona Devery.  We are very happy to discuss ideas in early stages of development and may be able to help you find co-applicants.  Applicants should propose a project on a topic which could be considered strategically important, within one or more of the Institute’s cross-cutting dimensions and research themes.

Read some testimonials on the value of the scheme and insights on the application process from previous awardees.

Current Strategic Priority projects 

Our current Strategic Priority projects are led by Institute members and are addressing key environmental issues linked to our research themes:

  • Re-EcoNet: Reconstructing Ecological Network to predict systemic crisis (2020)
  • Measuring Sustainable Actions at Community Level (Community SDG Dashboard) (2020)
  • Centre for Irish Towns (CfIT) (2019)
  • DIVERSICROP (2019)
  • HempHub (2019)
  • Climate-Resilient Agri-Environmental Systems (CRAES) (2018)
  • ECOBROKER: co-producing knowledge between practitioners and researchers to address complex societal problems (2018)