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.

April 4, 2023   •   News

What sustainable crop production means to you?

Closing date: 26 May 2023

ERA-Net SusCrop is currently running a video contest to actively involve EVERYBODY from across the world to reflect, communicate and inspire on ‘what sustainable crop production means to you?

Learn more here: https://www.suscrop.eu/video-contest-2022

March 29, 2023   •   News

IPCC’s call for Scholarship Awards is open until Sunday 2 April 2023 at midnight CET.

IPCC invites PhD students from developing countries to submit full applications for research that advances the understanding of the scientific basis of risks of climate change, its potential impacts, and options for adaptation and mitigation.

For more information, click HERE.

March 24, 2023   •   News

Manuscript deadline: 30 September 2023

The need for sustainable food production in a carbon-constrained economy is a pressing global challenge. The production, distribution, and consumption of food contribute to GHG emissions. Carbon Management is hosting a call for academic articles on the topic of “Towards Sustainable Food Production in a Carbon-Constrained Economy”. If you are passionate about this topic and have research to share, submit a manuscript HERE.

March 23, 2023   •   News

The 2023 Joint Croplands and Integrative Research Groups Annual Meeting took place in Seville, Spain and virtually on 17-18 January 2023.

The meeting was attended by participants from 24 countries and four partner organisations. The meeting report and selected presentations are now available for download HERE.

March 22, 2023   •   News

The Global Research Alliance (GRA) is very pleased to welcome Fiji as our 67th Member Country!

The vision of the Fijian Ministry of Agriculture is a sustainable, competitive, and resilient agriculture sector with the mission to create an enabling environment that accelerates sustainability, economic opportunities, climatic viability, food, and nutrition security for all Fijians. Fiji Ministry of Agriculture is eager to improve international cooperation, collaboration, and investment in public research activities. “The membership of the GRA will add value to our team in relevance to expert support and local capability building on climate change issues in the country.”

We look forward to working together to grow more food without growing more greenhouse gases.

The 67 member countries now participating in the activities of the Global Research Alliance are: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

For more information on the GRA or how to become a member country please contact the GRA Secretariat.

March 13, 2023   •   News

Screening of Applications Begins: Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by March 17, 2022.

Location: Kansas, USA

The USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub is partnering with Kansas State University to recruit a postdoc (Hub Fellow) that will be based in Manhattan, KS and will work with Logan Thompson, Susan Metzger and Andrés F. Cibils. They are seeking a highly motivated individual to work on livestock grazing and GHG dynamics in the Southern Plains.

For more information, click HERE.

March 6, 2023   •   News

Participants from 10 member countries of the Global Research Alliance (GRA) recently attended a meeting to plan the new GRA Flagship project “Development of context-specific emissions factors from the application of nitrogenous fertilisers” which was hosted by the Agricultural Climate Research Centre in Teagasc.

Nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from agricultural applications of nitrogenous fertiliser can vary significantly depending on how, where and when a fertilizer is used. Modifying farm systems and making changes to management practices, such as fertilizer type, timing, amount, rate and location of fertilizer application, has been shown to dramatically influence the amount of N2O being emitted.

Marta Alfaro from Chile explained that the goal of the Flagship project is to encourage global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from nitrogenous fertilizer by enabling its usage to be more accurately reflected in national level greenhouse gas accounting, and to optimize nitrogen use efficiency in croplands and grasslands.

Tony van der Weerden from AgResearch New Zealand highlighted that quantifying the emissions from applying nitrogenous fertilizers in different situations in national inventories is a significant challenge for many countries. The Flagship project will greatly help in improving national greenhouse gas inventories around the world and identify practices for farmers to reduce emissions.

In Ireland and New Zealand research funding from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Ireland and the Ministry of Primary Industries in New Zealand has been secured to build an international database to support greenhouse gas modelling for grassland soils. Dominika Krol, Teagasc said; ”This will help to support the GRA flagship project to compile existing data, and undertake new field measurements, to develop context specific emissions factors relating to the application of nitrogenous fertilizers for the purpose of inventory improvement including N2O mitigation accounting.”

Karl Richards, Teagasc said that these exciting international projects are important ongoing research activities in the Teagasc Agricultural Climate Research Centre to help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farms in Ireland and internationally.

Further Information

March 2, 2023   •   News

An online consultation is being organized by the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia on good examples and practices on green agriculture in the region but also beyond.

Your contributions to the online debate will be compiled and analyzed and will inform future work on the development of guidance for strengthening science-policy interfaces as well as science- and evidence-based policy processes for greening agrifood systems.

Please register to the Regional Technical Platform on Green Agriculture here to create new threads of discussions.

If you would like to receive similar information from FAO you can join the Livestock, Climate and Environment Community of Action here.

March 2, 2023   •   News

RUFORUM Global Research Alliance Graduate Research Grants

Call for proposals for Doctoral Research Grants & Graduate Research Grants – 2023

Closing Date: 30 March 2023

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM; www.ruforum.org) and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA; https://globalresearchalliance.org/) invite applications from RUFORUM Member Universities for the second Global Research Alliance Graduate Research Grants (GRA-GRG) call. The GRA-GRG is aimed at building the capability of graduate students and post-graduate scientists in Africa to conduct applied research on agricultural greenhouse gases in non-Annex I countries in Africa.

Information on how to apply can be found here: http://ruforum.org/call-proposals-research-grants