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April 19, 2024   •   News

The CFS Network have recently published a policy brief on assessing and improving Nitrogen cycling in agricultural production with examples from Flanders (Belgium) and the Netherlands. Check it out here or by clicking on the image below.

April 18, 2024   •   News

Closing Date: 30 April 2024, 5 pm (NZST)

Location: New Zealand

The New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC), in partnership with New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has launched a multi-year scholarship and fellowship programme. The programme will be open to those working on projects focused on reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

The programme provides funding for up to five PhD students (up to three years) and up to four post-doctoral researchers (up to two years) to contribute to New Zealand-based research programmes targeting a reduction in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

The programme funding covers stipend and tuition fees (PhD), or salary and research costs/overheads (Post-doctoral). For more details including eligibility & funding details please see: https://www.nzagrc.org.nz/domestic/capacity-development/early-career-researcher-funding

Step 1 of the process for awarding the scholarships/fellowships is an open call for New Zealand based research projects that would be suitable for hosting either a PhD student or post-doctoral fellow. The call is open from 8 April to 30 April 2024.

 If you have a project which you think would be a good fit, please complete the application form at https://www.nzagrc.org.nz/domestic/capacity-development/early-career-researcher-funding and submit to [email protected] before 5pm, 30 April 2024.

Once the successful projects have been selected, the NZAGRC will facilitate an applicant selection process, including advertising for applicants, short-listing, and working with host organisations to interview and select preferred applicants.

April 18, 2024   •   News

This third call is open for submission of proposals until 6 June 2024.

On 10 April 2024, the third and final Call under the pilot Joint Research Initiative between Ireland and New Zealand was launched by Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The pilot Joint Research initiative was launched by DAFM and MPI in 2022, following the signing of a Memorandum of Arrangement between both organizations 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 €14 million in joint funding was awarded to eight research projects from 2022 and 2023 Call.

Ireland press release,

New Zealand press release

2024 Ireland – New Zealand Joint Research Call

The 2024 Joint Research Call between Ireland and New Zealand opened on 10 April 2024 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: Refinement of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions inventories through the development of emission factors for methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide.
  • Topic 2: Development and assessment of technologies, including Methane and Nitrogen inhibitors, for the mitigation of GHGs from ruminant systems.
  • Topic 3: Data and digitalisation, including the standardisation of methodologies, to support climate-related action and management practices in agriculture.

Two webinars for applicants will be held jointly by DAFM and 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:

  • 30th April 2024 at 10:00 NZT (webinar hosted by MPI for New Zealand applicants –  register here )
  • 25th April 2024 at 10:00 IST (webinar hosted by DAFM for Irish applicants – register here)

Call Timeline

The Joint Research Call follows a one-stage submission procedure with a deadline for the submission of full proposals on 6th June 2024 . Indicative Research Call timelines are outlined below.

10 April 2024Launch of the Joint Research Call
30th April 2024 at 10:00 NZTWebinar for potential applicants
25th April 2024 at 10:00 ISTWebinar for potential applicants
6th June 2024 @17:00 ISTSubmission Deadline for proposals
September 2024Communication of Funding Decision
October/November 2024Funding awarded and announcement of successful projects
January 2025 to March 2025Estimated Starting Date for Funded Projects

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