U.S.-Ireland Research and Development Partnership

Under the United States-Ireland Research and Development Partnership, NIFA is participating in a pilot initiative which provides opportunities for the U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland to collaborate in developing solutions to priority challenges in agriculture.

Funding for U.S. scientists is provided through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). Funding for scientists in Ireland and Northern Ireland is provided from the Republic of Ireland Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). The partnership between NIFA, DAFM and DAERA leverages scientific and financial resources to focus on strategic research priorities of mutual interest. Scientists from the U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland may develop collaborative applications and submit those, via a U.S. scientist, through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program Request for Applications that addresses the pilot research priorities. Research applications may be submitted in the following seven Program Area Priorities:

  1. Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems;
  2. Animal Nutrition, Growth and Lactation;
  3. Animal Health and Disease;
  4. Animal Well-Being;
  5. Tools and Resources - Animal Breeding, Genetics and Genomics;
  6. Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance; and
  7. Food Manufacturing Technologies.

The goal of this pilot partnership is to leverage fiscal, physical, and intellectual resources to facilitate coordinated research that addresses any of the priorities above that are relevant to stakeholders in all three jurisdictions. The Irish components of successful applications will be funded by DAERA or DAFM. To be considered for inclusion in this pilot program, scientists from all three jurisdictions must be part of the project team. All applications prepared jointly by researchers from the United States, Ireland and Northern Ireland will be submitted concurrently to the relevant funding agency in each jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to read the FAQs for this partnership. For more information on the DAFM and DAERA application process, please visit the DAFM website.

In 2016, a Tripartite collaborative award was funded through the Animal Health and Disease program — Tri-partite Collaborative: Identification of Regulatory Element Variants Impeding Immune Response to Pathogens Causing Bovine Respiratory Disease.

In fiscal year 2017, a Tripartite collaborative project was funded through the Animal Nutrition, Growth and Lactation Program - Tri-partite Collaborative: Development and Validation of an On-Farm, Electronic Disease Diagnosis Platform for Cattle Two tripartite collaborative projects were funded through the Animal Health and Disease program - Tri-partite Collaborative: Identification of Regulatory Element Variants Impeding Immune Response to Pathogens Causing Bovine Respiratory Disease and Tri-partite Collaborative: Targeted Genome Editing to Understand and Enhance Genetic Resistance to Bovine Tuberculosis in Domestic Cattle Populations (Target-TB).