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Research Programmes

Ireland is striving to create a world-class research system that drives innovation and economic success.

DAFM plays an important role in this vision for the Agri-Food and Bioeconomy sector, by operating three 'public good' competitive agri-food research funding programmes namely the Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM), the Research Stimulus Fund (RSF) and the programme of Competitive Forestry Research for Development (COFORD). Side by side with national research programmes, DAFM also provides the National Contact Point and National Delegate for Societal Challenge 2 of the EU Horizon 2020 Research, Development and Innovation Programme that facilitates increased participation of Irish researcher in first-class, international research.

Under Horizon 2020 public-public partnerships and separate to the national research programmes DAFM also provides funding for Irish Research Performing Organisations to compete in Calls under the European Research Area Networks (ERA-NETS) and Joint Programme Initiatives (JPIs).

Current Topics

Coming Soon

  • US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Call (details to be published shortly)
  • Funding for participation in the ERA-NET SusAn (details to be published shortly)

Directory of Research Programmes

  1. Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM)
  2. Research Stimulus Fund (RSF)
  3. Programme of Competitive Forestry Research for Development (COFORD)
  4. Horizon 2020
  5. Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI's)
  6. ERA-Nets

Call Awards

Call 2014 Awards

Call 2013 Awards (pdf 280Kb) 

Call 2011 Awards (pdf 337Kb) 

Call 2011 - Supplementary Awards (pdf 348Kb) 

Call 2010 Awards (pdf 79Kb) 


Research Policy

1. Agri-Food and Forestry Strategic Research & Innovation Agendas


2. Research Prioritisation


3. Open Access


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