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Food research

Food research is a vital component of a competitive, innovative and sustainable food sector. DAFF, via it's public good research programme known as the Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM) is the primary national funding body for food research in third level colleges and research institutes. It is creating a base of knowledge and expertise in generic food technologies that will support a modern, consumer-focussed industry and build Ireland's capacity for R&D. The type of research funded by FIRM runs from basic or fundamental through to pre-commercial research. Projects generally run for 3-3.5 years and involve collaboration between a number of research institutes. The foremost institutes involved in food research in Ireland are Teagasc (Moorepark and Ashtown centres), University College Dublin, University College Cork and University Limerick.

See below for information on projects that have been funded by DAFF through the Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM).