The Partnership’s broad aim is to promote collaborative and innovative research projects, between researchers and research institutions in the three countries, to create value and co-operation in research and innovation above and beyond individual efforts. Support between various funding partners in the various US-Ireland R&D Partnership initiatives is provided by Inter Trader Ireland
Joint research proposals from applicants from all three countries are submitted to NIFA. The application is processed and evaluated according to the normal procedures and evaluating criteria of NIFA.
Potential applicants to the AFRI RFA should refer to the RFA resources
page for information needed to submit an application to the Foundational and Applied Science program. However please note:
• To be eligible, all proposals submitted to the AFRI RFA under the US-Ireland R&D Partnership must have significant involvement from researchers in all three jurisdictions.
• Research institutions from the RoI and NI involved in the joint application submission to NIFA must obtain a letter of support prior to submission and which should accompany the final joint submission to NIFA. Please see the section “Prior to Submission Section below for further information.
• Applications submitted under the US-Irl R&D Partnership will compete with standalone US-only applications in the six program area priorities of the AFRI RFA.
For research institutions from the RoI and NI, there is a pre-submission requirement to submit a pre-proposal. Please see section below
Successful joint research proposals will be co-funded jointly by NIFA, DAERA and DAFM. ROI-based research performing organisations (RPOs) will be funded by DAFM, while RPOs from NI and the USA will be funded respectively by DAERA and NIFA.
Research Areas or Program Area Priorities (PAPs)
NIFA, DAERA and DAFM support the submission from applicants of a single joint research and technology development application under the US-Irl R&D Partnership in the following six research PAPs under the AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program:
Program Area Priorities
Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems
Animal Nutrition, Growth and Lactation
Welfare and Well-Being of Agricultural Animals
Diseases of Agricultural Animals
Animal Breeding and Functional Annotation of Genomes
Mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance Across the Food Chain
Applicants from the RoI can apply to the AFRI RFA under the US-Irl R&D Partnership for funding from DAFM for total costs of a research project up to €350,000 for up to five years in duration. Please note the maximum duration must align with AFRI RFA requirement for the respective programme area.