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US-Ireland R&D Partnership focuses on agri-food
challenges
The latest phase of the US-Ireland R&D Partnership aims
to tackle global challenges facing the agri-food sector.
Launched in 2006, the US-Ireland R&D Partnership is
an alliance between Ireland, Northern Ireland and the
United States of America that aims to increase the level of
innovation and scientific progress amongst researchers
and industry. 49 projects have been granted funding across
key sectors including health, science and engineering,
telecommunication energy and sustainability.
A new milestone has been reached for the initiative, with
over 70 million (73.22 million) in funding now secured,
according to the latest figures from InterTradeIreland.
The latest phase focuses on agri-food challenges with 1
million issued to three successful projects
Speaking about the milestone, Grainne Lennon,
International Funding and Collaborations Broker at
InterTradeIreland said: "Cross border initiatives such as
this are essential if we are to facilitate real knowledge
sharing and progress, particularly to tackle megatrend
issues that can impact businesses and society globally.
A highly competitive competition, partnerships need to
be embedded in creativity and collaboration, and must
demonstrate real value to secure support. Thankfully, the
stats speak for themselves, and we are thrilled that so many
local researchers are excelling in their respected fields to
secure funding. Leveraging ground-breaking thinking both
at home and internationally, the research being undertaken
is truly world-leading and we look forward to seeing the
advancements made by the latest projects. The Partnership
has made 49 research awards and approved over 70
million of funding to a wide range of projects since it
was first launched 12 years ago. It is a tangible legacy of
the peace process and despite the current uncertainty
surrounding Brexit, cross-border and international research
collaborations are still very much taking place."
Last year, almost 1million was issued to three successful
agri projects with Republic of Ireland researchers. One
such project, NAGpro - a collaboration between University
College Cork (UCC), Queen's University Belfast and
the University of Tennessee - aims to improve animal
husbandry through developing safe alternatives to
antibiotic growth promoters.
FEBRUARY 2019
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www.irishfarmersmonthly.com
Dr Mark Rooney, Dr
Irina Tikhonova, Dr
David Simpson from
Queen's University
Belfast and Dr
Susan Joyce from
University College
Cork researchers on
the latest successful
agri projects under
the US-Ireland R&D
Partnership - are
pictured with Aidan
Gough (centre),
Designated O cer
and Director of
Strategy and Policy,
InterTradeIreland.
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