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Fresh call for research proposals in agri-food, forestry and fishery areas

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has announced a new call for research proposals under three competitive research funding programmes — FIRM, Stimulus and CoFoRD.

The Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM) usually includes applicants from within Teagasc and third-level colleges. Stimulus funds research that fills gaps in the Teagasc programme. The Programme of Competitive Forestry Research for Development (CoFoRD) aims to support a sustainable, competitive and innovative forest industry.

"The objective of this call is to build and maintain research capacity and capability in the Irish public research system that contributes to underpinning the sustainability and competitiveness and further development of the Irish agri-food, forestry and fisheries sectors," said Mr Coveney.

The areas covered in this funding call include animal and crop health and production, horticulture, food and health, sustainable aquaculture production, novel ingredients and safety of marine origin foods, forest production and management, and the wider bio-economy as well as the safety, quality, integrity and sustainability of the supply chain.

Following awards of €65m in agri-food and forest research over the last two years, the fund is seeking to target research and innovation within agri-food.

Deadline for applications is May 8, at 1pm. See