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Programme of Competitive Forestry Research for Development (COFORD)

The Competitive Forest Research for Development (COFORD) Programme forms part of the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2007-2013. In the case of the forest industry, NDP investment is provided through the Forest Research Sub-Programme which aims, inter alia, to develop a scientific foundation and support for a sustainable, competitive, market orientated and innovative forest industry. In this regard, funding for public good research is provided to public research organisations and higher education institutes through the COFORD Programme on a competitive basis.

The Programme has the following overall objectives:

  • Determine the nature of forest research needed to maintain the international competitiveness of the forestry sector, provide sustainable employment, encourage innovation and enhance environmental harmony;
  • Contribute to building and maintaining a knowledge economy and a scientific research capability in the forest sector;
  • Establish and strengthen inter-institutional links and foster links between public research institutes and industry;
  • Evaluate progress on and disseminate the outputs of COFORD funded research to ensure maximum benefit;
  • Build capability and capacity among Irish based forest researchers so as to enable them to compete for non-Exchequer funding such as under the EU Framework Programme.

The Programme is broadly grouped into three main thematic areas:

  1. Establishing and growing Forests- (Forest Reproductive Material, Silviculture and Forest Planning and Management)
  2. Harvesting and products (Forest Harvesting and Transport, Wood Energy and Non Wood Products)
  3. Policy and public goods (Forest Economics and Policy, Forests and Climate Change, Forest Biodiversity and Forests and Water)

Research Projects funded by COFORD under the three areas above can be found by clicking on the following link:

Current Calls

Call for Research Proposals 2014

2010/2011 Projects - One Page Summary Reports

List of selection of Projects under the 2010 and 2011 Coford Programme (pdf 88Kb) 


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