Funding for 20 research grants worth just over €24 million was announced in late 2023 to support research across 16 institutes. This announcement was made by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue T.D., and Minister of State with special responsibility for Research and Development Martin Heydon, T.D.
The 2023 Thematic Research Call announced by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) was developed with the objectives of building research capacity, expertise and reputation in critical areas of importance in mind. The Thematic Research Call is intended to address research gaps and provide opportunities for early-stage researchers while encouraging collaboration across institutions and across scientific disciplines.
The funding will support research across the agri-food, forest and bioeconomy sectors in areas including:
• Climate change
• Water quality and biodiversity
• Animal welfare
• Bovine TB
• Ash dieback
• Organic agriculture
• Food health and nutrition
• Food safety
• Farmer mental health
Commenting on the announcement, Minister McConalogue said, ‘‘I am impressed at the breadth of areas being funded, ranging from climate mitigation, water quality improvement and biodiversity restoration to animal health and welfare, food safety, and food health and nutrition, among others. I am also heartened to see that the projects will involve the education and training of over 40 postgraduate students and over 60 contract researchers, thus ensuring a continuous stream of highly skilled scientific talent coming through to our industry.”
In the spirit of continuing North-South co-operation on agri-food research and innovation, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland collaborated in the 2023 Thematic Research Call by providing funding to allow research organisations in Northern Ireland to participate in projects with partners in Ireland. A total of five projects will benefit from this cross-border collaboration.
The following Institutions will receive funding:
• University College Dublin,
• University College Cork,
• Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute,
• National University of Ireland Galway,
• Irish Cattle Breeding Federation,
• Munster Technological University,
• University of Limerick,
• Trinity College Dublin,
• Technological University Dublin,
• National University of Ireland Maynooth,
• Technological University of the Shannon,
• South East Technological University,
• Atlantic Technological University,
• Dundalk Institute of Technology
• Tyndall National Institute.
Information concerning DAFM research funding can be found at [email protected].