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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

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

Closed Calls


Call Awards


Research Policy

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


2. Ireland's five year strategy on research and development, science and technology


3. Research Prioritisation


4. Open Access


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