Background to the Genetic Resources Grant Aid Scheme
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine's Genetic Resources Grant Aid Scheme has been in place since 1996. The Scheme has an annual call for projects aimed at supporting the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture. Projects are evaluated by an advisory committee, representing broad national stakeholder interests. Over the years, funding has been provided to a diverse range of projects, including practical hands-on conservation initiatives, raising awareness and education of the general public of the importance of genetic resources, and participation in internationally recognised research and collaboration with European and other international partners in the field of plant and animal genetic resources.
The effects of the grant aid awarded by the Advisory Committee are far reaching and play a vitally important role in fulfilling Ireland's international obligations in relation to the conservation of plant and animal genetic resources.
Further information on the Genetic Resources Grant Aid Scheme including information on the forthcoming 2021 Scheme is available below:
Genetic Resources Projects
A number of organisations, both public and private, representing a large cross section of the Genetic Resources community in Ireland have benefited from funding via the Department's grant aid scheme. See below for details of current projects and projects supported in previous years through the Genetic Resources Grant Aid Scheme:
2021 Call for Genetic Resources Projects
The Department has an annual call for projects for the Genetic Resource Grant Aid Scheme. Applications and expressions of interest are welcomed from all individuals, groups and bodies to submit projects for the further development of genetic resources conservation in Ireland. Click on the links below for further details for the 2021 scheme. Projects applications for the 2021 grant scheme call will be accepted up until Friday 18 December 2020. These can be sent either electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
, or by hardcopy to Mr. John McLeod, Secretary to the Advisory Committee at the address below.
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.