US-Ireland R&D Partnership

Research and Development Partnership

About the Partnership

US-Ireland R&D Partnership - Agriculture 2018 Call for new research applications

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has published the 2018 Agriculture & Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundation Programme Request for Applications.  The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) are extremely pleased to confirm that the funding collaboration with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture will continue, through the US-Ireland Research & Development partnership in Agriculture.

The Programme Area Priorities within the AFRI Foundation Programme RFA that are eligible for co-funding by DAERA and DAFM are;

  • 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

Further information including applications forms and Frequently Asked Questions are available on their respective websites


The US-Ireland R&D Partnership is a tri-jurisdictional alliance which was officially launched in 2006. Its aim is to promote collaborative innovative research projects which create value above and beyond individual efforts.

To date 40 projects have been successfully funded under the partnership.  Click here for project details.

Each jurisdiction is offered a unique opportunity to advance research interests, healthcare and economic development in areas prioritised as:

  •     Agriculture PILOT
  •     Health
  •     Nanoscale Science & Engineering
  •     Sensors & Sensor Networks
  •     Telecommunications  
  •     Energy & Sustainability 

US Ireland R&D Partnership Steering Group Co-Chairs

Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones

Dr. Jonathan Margolis
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Dr. Rosemary Hamilton CBE

Dr. Rosemary Hamilton CBE
Northern Ireland Co-Chair

Mr. Feargal Ó Móráin

Mr. Feargal Ó Móráin
Ireland Co-Chair

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