Science Foundation Ireland & Teagasc Team Up to Support Science-based Innovation in Irish Agri-food Sector

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Science Foundation Ireland & Teagasc Team Up to Support Science-based Innovation in Irish Agri-food Sector

Science Foundation Ireland & Teagasc Team Up to Support Science-based Innovation in Irish Agri-food Sector
February 04
12:49 2013

 A Memorandum of Understanding, between Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Teagasc, has been signed. This collaboration agreement aims to strengthen and accelerate research and innovation in Ireland’s agri-food sector which employs in the region of 150,000 people.

SFI and Teagasc have agreed to jointly fund research grants between scientists from the agriculture and food disciplines and scientists from other scientific and engineering disciplines. 

Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, says: “Continued innovation in the area of agri-food is essential to maintain Ireland’s status as a leader in both the primary production and secondary processing of agri-food worldwide. The commitment of Teagasc and SFI to supporting science-based innovation in this sector will undoubtedly prove invaluable to the future of the agri-food economy in Ireland.” 

The joint initiative aims to bring a broad range of disciplines and technologies to bear on strengthening innovation in the agri-food sector and to offer opportunities to scientists in a wide range of disciplines including, genomics, robotics, material science, nanotechnology, immunology and ICT. The convergence of this broad range of disciplines will help underpin the profitability, competitiveness and sustainability targets set out in the Department of Agriculture’s ‘Food Harvest 2020’ strategy.

Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle comments: “Teagasc’s aim is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bioeconomy. These goals serve to underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability within the sector. The agri-food sector within Ireland has a number of unique and advantageous characteristics; the international reputation of Ireland’s food industry, its continued success in export growth and its potential for expansion and development place agri-food at the forefront of achieving the national goal of sustainable economic renewal. The agreement signed between Teagasc and SFI will serve to further develop the success of the agri-food sector both domestically and internationally.”

Director General of SFI, Professor Mark Ferguson says: “SFI’s mission is to be the best science funding agency in the world at creating impact from excellent scientific research and to be the exemplar in building partnerships that fund excellent science. The agreement builds and strengthens scientific and engineering research in the area of agri-food an area of great strategic value to Ireland’s long-term competitiveness. This agreement will prepare the Irish scientific community to compete, lead and win in relevant EU Horizon 2020 funding programmes and other relevant international funding.”

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