Minister Heydon announces the launch of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Strand under the Irish Research Council’s COALESCE Programme

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The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Martin Heydon T.D., and the Director of the Irish Research Council (IRC), Peter Brown, are pleased to announce the launch of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Strand under the Irish Research Council’s COALESCE Programme. The COALESCE programme provides businesses with support to engage with research and develop innovative solutions in key areas of the agri-food sector.

The Minister welcomed this initiative stating, ‘‘as an excellent example of a collaborative partnership between governmental organisations, working together to deliver innovative research for businesses in the area of food systems and the circular bioeconomy. It will help shape engagement by the agri-food sector in creating more sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly value-chains, products and services between producers, consumers and citizens.’’

IRC Director, Peter Brown, remarked, “The Irish Research Council strives to establish and cultivate partnerships with Government Departments and Agencies that serve to bring researchers and policy-makers together. The COALESCE programme in particular seeks to address national and global societal challenges, including those facing Ireland’s agri-food sector. The engagement of experts in our public research system builds a robust evidence and knowledge base, ultimately leading to more innovative and sustainable agricultural practices for the social and economic benefit of all.”

The COALESCE Call launches for applications on Wednesday 28th October 2020 from 4pm. All Research Performing Organisations that are normally eligible under DAFM research funding programmes are invited to submit applications for funding by DAFM under the IRC’s competitively operated COALESCE Programme. Specifically, the DAFM Strand entitled ‘Re-imagining Cities for a Circular Bioeconomy’ seeks research proposals that consider the connections and synergies between rural and urban areas with a focus on an Irish city as a test bed and driver for a sustainable, healthy and regenerative food production and circular bioeconomy system.

The results of the research will be made available for the benefit of the agri-food and biobased sectors, the consumer, citizens and policymakers.

Full details on the scope of the DAFM Strand under the COALESCE research call are set out on the  at www.agriculture.gov.ie/research/competitivenationalprogrammes/opencalls/

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