The SFI Future Innovator Prize is a challenge-based prize programme which aims to support the formation of diverse interdisciplinary teams to develop novel, potentially disruptive, technologies to address significant societal challenges. As part of the programme, teams progress through several phases to compete for an overall €1M prize award.   

This initiative launched in September 2018 and at the end of 2019, a €1M prize will be awarded to a team that successfully demonstrates sufficient progress toward development of a STEM-led solution to a challenge of transformative potential. The prize will enable the winning team to develop and deploy their solution. 

There are three phases to the programme: Concept, Seed and Prize Award.


Seed Phase Teams

  • Call Launch September 2018
  • Application Deadline November 2018 
  • Funding Decision December 2018 
  • Concept Phase Review March 2019 
  • Seed Phase Review November 2019 
  • Prize Award December 2019