Register for an SFI Discover Science and Maths Award

From the 25th of September 2019 until the 20th of March 2020 you can register your school’s intention to apply for an SFI Discover Science & Maths Award. This is to give us an indication of how many schools will be participating in the 2019/2020 academic year. More details of registration will be available here on this webpage over the coming weeks.

This year, all application forms must be completed using SFI’s online system (SESAME), which will require electronic approval from your principal before your final Award application can be submitted to Science Foundation Ireland.

Click here to download the guidance notes that will help you to use the online system.

After registering your intention to apply for an SFI Discover Science & Maths Award for 2019/2020, you will automatically receive an email from primaryscience@sfi.ie which contains login details for SESAME, enabling you to begin working on your application straight away. If you do not receive this email (and have checked your junk mail/spam filter), please contact primaryscience@sfi.ie for help.

Last year 87% of schools completed a digital log of evidence helping to reduce our carbon footprint associated with the Awards and we hope to build on this with your help in 2020. We would encourage schools to consider preparing a digital log of evidence rather than a hard copy. There are many fun ways to do this including creating a school blog or webpage or using programmes such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Word etc. to capture the children engaging in hands-on science investigations in school (indoors or outdoors). Your supporting URLs/documents/images etc. can then be uploaded to SESAME along with your application form.

Please note that although we will still accept paper copies of your Log of Evidence, your accompanying 2019/2020 application form MUST be completed online. Logs of Evidence will NOT be accepted by email or saved onto a USB, CD or DVD.

Your Log of Evidence should provide testimony to the DPSM adjudicators that the school has met all the criteria for the Awards. You may wish to keep a copy of ALL your school’s STEM work for your school records or to show parents. However, we only need to see that each of the five steps has been completed and we will return the Log of Evidence to your school once we have completed our assessment.

All Logs of Evidence (print and digital) should have each of the five steps (i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and STEM Showcase) clearly labelled, and include a separate section for each step.

The closing date for receipt of Log of Evidence and Application Form is Friday 24th of April 2020 at 1pm. Only application forms submitted through SESAME will be accepted. Please note that there will be no opportunity to provide additional material after your submission has been received.