Teagasc has agreed a joint declaration with France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research, INRA, which strengthens scientific co-operation between the two organisations.
The agreement will encourage joint participation in European programmes such as the €79bn Horizon 2020 research fund, or the €359m Interreg programme.
The institutes will also develop the co-supervision of Irish and French postgraduates in Ireland and France.
Teagasc director Professor Gerry Boyle, said: “Researchers at Teagasc and INRA have a long tradition of working together for the betterment of agriculture in both countries.
“I am delighted to be signing this declaration this week which will deepen the collaboration between the two organisations.”
Teagasc and INRA will also organise regular joint seminars to explore potential research projects of common interest; and they will publicise the results of joint projects, communicate on existing partnerships and “success stories”.
As part of the partnership, PhD students will be given support with travel expenses while undertaking research in France and Ireland. The joint declaration will be formally signed on Wednesday at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska in Co Laois.
Researchers from INRA will visit the Teagasc research centre in Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork this week.
The combined expertise at INRA and Teagasc will enable the development of new technologies, products and services in the agri-food sector.
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