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US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Call in Agriculture 2017

The 2017 US-Ireland Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Call in Agriculture is now open for applications in the following three priority areas:

  • Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems;
  • Animal nutrition, growth, and lactation;
  • Animal health and disease;

The following partner agencies will provide research funding in the Agriculture thematic area:

Application Process Summary

The Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is one of NIFA’s major competitive grant programs through which it addresses critical societal issues and it under the AFRI Foundation Programme that US-Ireland tripartite applicants have an opportunity to compete for awards, but limited only to the scope of the stated priority areas

Republic of Ireland (RoI) and Northern Irish (NI) applicants in these tri-jurisdictional applications are required to obtain pre-approval from DAFM and DAERA respectively in advance of the formal submission of the combined application to the AFRI Call by the US Principle Investigator. The submission deadline to DAFM and DAERA of the application is 4 weeks in advance of the stated AFRI deadline for the respective three priority areas that are scope for the US-Ireland R&D Partnership as published in the AFRI 2017 Foundation Competitive Grant Programme Requests for Applications (pdf 1,372 kb).

Latest Dates for Submitting Applications under the US-Ireland R&D Partnership Agriculture Call 2017

Thematic Area in AFRI 2017 RFA


AFRI Deadline

Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems

14 June 2017

12 July 2017

Animal nutrition, growth, and lactation

18 May 2017

15 June 2017

Animal health and disease

18 May 2017

15 June 2017


A ‘single-proposal, single-review’ mechanism will be facilitated by NIFA who will accept submissions from tri-jurisdictional (USA, NI and RoI) teams to the relevant parts of their existing funding programmes. To be eligible all proposals submitted under the auspices of the US-Ireland R&D Partnership must have research involvement from researchers in all three jurisdictions and these will compete with standalone US-only applications in the three priority areas concerned. 

More Detailed Information on the Agriculture Call 2017

More detailed information on how Irish-based applicants should proceed (including guidelines for applicants along with the relevant application forms to DAFM and DAERA) are available to download in the following documents:

For further queries contact:

Noel Collins, Research and Codex Division, DAFM. Email: Tel: +353 (0)1 6072924

Information Webinar

An information webinar on the 2017 US-Ireland R&D Call in Agriculture took place on Wednesday 26th April 2017. It was hosted by DAFM with representatives from DAERA, Northern Ireland and NIFA, USA. A recording of the webinar is available to view at

You must register when prompted before you can view the recording. The duration is 1 hour 13 minutes.  The two PowerPoint presentations used during the webinar can be downloaded here:

DAFM & DAERA Presentation (pdf 1,665Kb) 

NIFA Presentation (pdf 1,463Kb)