Teagasc fifth best in EU research funding league

Teagasc was joint fifth among EU research organisations and universities accessing research funding during 2018 from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Teagasc is sixth overall in terms of money awarded in the agri-food stream of EU funding.

Teagasc secured €6.3m in Horizon 2020 funding last year. It has secured €19.6m from Horizon 2020 to date, 1.6 times the total funding Teagasc secured in the full duration of previous FP7 EU research fund.

Horizon 2020’s total budget is almost €80bn from 2014 to 2020.

The 19 Teagasc researchers who are leading or participating in the new projects met with Teagasc director, Professor Gerry Boyle, in Oak Park Carlow.

Prof Boyle said: “2018 was a particularly successful year for Teagasc. It is really important for us to collaborate with researchers and knowledge transfer professionals from across Europe.”

The research projects partnering with Teagasc range from microbiome applications for sustainable food systems to embedded sensors.

They include: MASTER; FAIRshare; REFLOW; SARMENTI; Gender-SMART; GenSPaD; SmartAgriHubs; BEST4SOIL; Microbiome support; Legumes Translated; and Cork Discovers.

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