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Minister Creed Announces Details of 2018 US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Call

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced details of a new Call for Research Proposals in selected agri-food related areas under the US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership.

The Minister stated “I am delighted to announce a new round of funding opportunities for Irish based researchers to collaborate with their Northern Ireland and US-based counterparts. This will further strengthen existing scientific linkages; whilst also helping to make an important contribution to addressing shared challenges in the agri-food sector”.

The 2018 US-Ireland R&D Partnership Call in Agriculture sees an expansion in the number of topic areas in scope from three to seven compared to the 2017 Call, with four new strategically relevant areas added following detailed discussions between officials across all three jurisdictions.

The Call aims to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture, and support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to end users, allowing them to make informed, practical decisions.

Minister Creed concluded “today’s announcement will further deepen Ireland’s involvement in selective, strategically important international agri-food research initiatives and I expect any successful projects funded under the 2018 US-Ireland Call will be key enablers of  the Food Wise 2025 themes of competitiveness, innovation and sustainability”.

More information about the funding programme is available at the following link to the Department’s website: US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Call in Agriculture 2018

Notes for editor:

  • The US-Ireland R&D Partnership is a product of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and involves the governments of the United States of America, Ireland and Northern Ireland working together for scientific progress by awarding grants for research on a competitive basis.
  • The Partnership was launched in 2006 and to date 40 projects have been successfully funded under the partnership under a range of areas including health, ICT, energy and sustainability. 
  • Since 2016 the scope of the Partnership has been extended to include agriculture research focused on selected priority areas – this has resulted in Ireland and Northern Ireland based researchers being able to link with a US scientist to submit tripartite applications, in selected areas, to annual Calls operated by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundation Programme – a leading competitive grants program for agricultural sciences in the US addressing critical societal issues.
  • The following partner agencies provide research funding in the Agriculture thematic area in the US-Ireland R&D Partnership:
    • In the United States (US), the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), within the US Department of Agriculture
    • In the Republic of Ireland (RoI), the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
    • In Northern Ireland (NI), the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
  • One project was successful under the 2016 US-Ireland Call in Agriculture details of which can be found here. Details of any successful projects funded under the 2017 Call will be released, when the USDA publish this information later in 2018.
  • DAFM funding of successful projects under the US-Ireland R&D Partnership Calls comes from the Department’s Agriculture (Stimulus) and Food (FIRM) competitive research funding programmes.
  • The following seven priority areas will be supported in the 2018 US-Ireland R&D Partnership  Call in Agriculture:
    • Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems
    • Animal Nutrition, Growth, and Lactation
    • Animal Well-Being
    • Animal Health and Disease
    • Tools and Resources - Animal Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
    • Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance
    • Food Manufacturing Technologies

The submission deadline to DAERA and DAFM under the US-Ireland Call in Agriculture is four weeks in advance of the USDA’s research funding agency Call deadline as pre-approval must be provided before a full application can be made to the US funding programme.


Date Released: 10 June 2018