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May 11, 2023   •   News

This second call is open for submission of proposals until 28 July 2023.

On 10 May 2023, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for research and innovation Martin Heydon, joined the New Zealand Minister for Agriculture, Damien O’Connor M.P. to launch the second Ireland – New Zealand Joint Research Call on agriculture and climate change. The two Ministers made the announcement following a bilateral meeting held during the Agricultural Innovation Mission for Climate Summit in Washington DC.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries launched the first joint call in 2022, following the signing of a Memorandum of Arrangement between both organisations in May 2022. This provided for the establishment a 3-year pilot Joint Research Initiative (JRI) over the period 2022 to 2024 in recognition of the strong existing research connections and the common challenges facing the agri-food sectors in both Ireland and New Zealand. Over €7 million in joint funding was awarded to four research projects in the 2022 Call.

Full press release HERE

2023 Ireland – New Zealand Joint Research Call

The 2023 Joint Research Call between Ireland and New Zealand opened on 10 May 2023 at 12:00 (IST) and invites eligible Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) from Ireland to submit joint research proposals, with collaborating partners from New Zealand.

There are four research topics in the Call:

  • Topic 1: Land management on organic agricultural soils to support the development of GHG mitigation and Carbon sequestration
  • Topic 2: Refinement of agricultural GHG emissions inventories through the development of emission factors for Methane, Nitrous Oxide and Carbon Dioxide
  • Topic 3: Identification and development of technologies for the mitigation of greenhouse gases from ruminant systems
  • Topic 4: Digitalisation and data to support climate-related action and management practices in agriculture

More details can be found here: Ireland – New Zealand Joint Research Mechanism

Two webinars for applicants will be held jointly by DAFM and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for interested Irish and New Zealand researchers to provide an overview about all relevant aspects of the Call and provide time to answer open questions. These will be held on:

  • 18th May 2023 at 10:00 NZT (webinar hosted by MPI for New Zealand applicants)
  • 25th May 2023 at 10:00 IST (webinar hosted by DAFM for Irish applicants – register here)

The Irish financial support for the 2023 Ireland-New Zealand Joint Research Call is being provided through the DAFM Research Programme

Call Timeline

The Joint Research Call follows a one-stage submission procedure with a deadline for the submission of full proposals on 28th July 2023 . Indicative Research Call timelines are outlined below.

10 May 2023 at 12:00 ISTLaunch of the Joint Research Call
18th May 2023 at 10:00 NZTWebinar for potential applicants
25th May 2023 at 10:00 ISTWebinar for potential applicants
28th July 2023Submission Deadline for proposals
October 2023Communication of Funding Decision
November 2023Funding awarded and announcement of successful projects
Jan 2024 to Mar 2024Estimated Starting Date for Funded Projects

May 11, 2023   •   News

Closing date: 19 May 2023

Location: Technical University of Munich, Germany

Click on the titles below, or download the relevant files, to learn more about the positions and how to apply.

Postdoctoral position (m/f/d) modelling livestock systems

This research project will study the productivity of livestock, grasslands and key links to biogeochemical cycles. We conduct both empirical and modelling work in the Gran Chaco of Argentina through collaboration with researchers from the National Research Council (CONICET), and in Kenya and Tanzania in collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and other African and European research partners.

PhD position (m/f/d) Nutrient cycling and carbon storage in grazed systems

This doctoral research project will study productivity grasslands and key links to nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration and and species diversity. The field work will take place in the dry forest ecosystem of the Gran Chaco of Argentina, in collaboration with researchers from CONICET, the Argentinean national research council.

PhD position (m/f/d) Tropical grasslands restoration

This doctoral position will generate empirical evidence to understand the functioning of grazing systems in Kenya where livestock graze with large mammals. This research project will examine the potential to use grazing duration and intensity and manipulation of plant species to assess the potential for grassland restoration. The experiments will assess the effects of grazing on productivity and stability of grasslands, aiming to detect early restoration success. This work is conducted in close collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and their network of partners.

May 10, 2023   •   News

The April 2023 Animal Health Network (AHN) Newsletter is now available online!

In this edition…

  • What we have been up to recently:
    – Participating at events
    – Building opportunities for the future
    – Writing projects (updates on the “COST ACTION” )
    – Organising workshops
    – Meet the AHN members: the new communication coordinator
  • Keep informed: the AHN library updates
  • Save the date: the AHN calendar

You can read the newsletter HERE or via the link below.

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