2023 Competitive Call for Research Proposals (Closed)

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. For the fifth time, DAERA will co-fund a new Research call under the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine’s (DAFM’s) competitive research funding programme which is now open for applications.

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

DAERA has identified a number of topics in the DAFM’s 2023 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;

  • Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Agri-Environment, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
  • Smart, Sustainable Animal & Plant Production, Health & Welfare
  • Bioeconomy, Rural Economy, Agri-Digitalisation & Data
  • Safe, Nutritious and Sustainable Food Processing and Consumption

Thematic Research Objectives and Targeted Research Projects eligible for DAERA co-funding can be viewed here.

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.

NI Applicants must submit a pre-approval template to the Chief Scientific Adviser’s Office at collaborative.research@daera-ni.gov.uk by 5pm on 31st March 2023

DAERA will confirm each project’s eligibility subject to budget availability and alignment with DAERA’s strategic priorities by 5pm on Friday 7th April, in advance of full project submission via DAFM’s Research Online Portal.

Please download the pre-approval template by clicking the link below;

DAFM Research call 2023-DAERA Pre-approval template

or request a copy by emailing collaborative.research@daera-ni.gov.uk.

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


Note: Applications to DAFM must be received by 12pm on Friday 21st April 2023.

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