The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has 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”.

Source: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

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