2019 Competitive Call for Research Proposals (Closed)

A new Research call under Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine’s (DAFM’s) competitive research funding programme is now open for applications. For the third time, DAERA is supporting research performing organisations in NI to participate as partners with their counterparts in the Republic of Ireland in joint proposals that will benefit the local rural and agri-food sectors.

Please note that the application process for this Competitive Call is now closed

DAERA has identified a number of topics (denoted with an asterisk) in the DAFM’s 2019 Competitive Call for Research Proposals that are open for collaborative proposals between RoI and NI research organisations. Building on the success of previous years, this year sees the widest range of topics within the broad areas of shared strategic relevance:

  • Environment & Climate Smart Approaches to Agri-Food Systems
  • Animal & Plant production, One-Health & Welfare
  • Rural growth, Digitalization & the Bio-economy districts
  • Food

In addition there are two topics under the Strategic Rapid Response Research theme which have been identified by DAERA as open to collaborative proposals:

  • Renewing Rural Jobs, Agriculture & Forestry
  • Forest Health Ash die-back

DAERA funds NI researchers in successful project applications with DAFM funding partnering research organisation based in the Republic of Ireland.

The DAERA / DAFM Competitive Research Call encourages applications that are:

  • collaborative & inter-institutional
  • address multiple research objectives
  • involve an integrated holistic approach
  • multidisciplinary involving a number of biosciences and
  • contribute meaningfully to innovation

DAERA provides funding, subject to budget availability, to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Queen’s University Belfast and the Ulster University in successful projects in selected research areas within the call.

Application information can be obtained by clicking on the link below:

Note: Applications must be received by 1pm on Thursday 18 April 2019.

Successful DAFM DAERA projects

A list of the successful projects within the DAFM/DAERA Competitive Research Call 2015, 2017 & 2019 is available at the link below:

Intending applicants in these institutions requiring further information on this funding should contact Gabrielle Sharkey, Chief Scientific Adviser’s Office, email Gabrielle.Sharkey@daera-ni.gov.uk telephone 028 7744 2211

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