What the Genetic Resources Grant Aid Scheme 2021 is
The Genetic Resources Grant Aid Scheme is aimed at supporting the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture. Genetic resources include animals, plants, aquatics, forestry & micro-organisms and invertebrates which are used for food, agriculture and forestry.
Funding is provided to a diverse range of projects including conservation schemes, public awareness initiatives and participation in research with international partners in the field of plant and animal genetic resources.
How to qualify
To qualify for the scheme a project must meet one or more of these objectives:
identify, evaluate and conserve unique Irish genetic resources whose survival is being threatened or endangered
support development and sustainable use of genetic resources
promote public awareness and support for genetic resource conservation management strategies
The scheme covers projects in a range of areas including:
plants including aquatic plants
microorganisms and invertebrates
aquatics (fish and invertebrates)
Priority is given to projects with an integrated and co-ordinated approach to the conservation of genetic resources within each specific area. Applicants should also be aware of the strategic priorities and actions as set out in the FAO Global Plans of Action
for each of the different areas. They must also comply with the conditions of the scheme.
Rates of payment
Funding levels vary depending on the project and are decided by an advisory committee. Prior to the advisory committee meeting, an evaluation committee will review all applications and may request changes before forwarding it for a final decision on funding.