US-Ireland R&D Partnership

About the initiative

The US-Ireland R&D Partnership links researchers across Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United States. This collaborative approach helps to accelerate innovation in a number of key sectors including health, energy and sustainability.

To date the partnership has raised $112.579m and funded 58 projects.

In the video below, you will find out how the US-Ireland R&D partnership works first-hand. Researchers from Trinity College Dublin,  Colorado State University and Queen’s University Belfast tell us about their experience.


Latest News:

US Ireland R&D Partnership – Agriculture 2020 Call for new research applications

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has published the 2020 Agriculture & Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundation Programme Request for Applications. The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) are extremely pleased to confirm that the funding collaboration with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture will continue, through the US-Ireland Research & Development partnership in Agriculture.

The Programme Priority Areas within the AFRI Foundation Programme RFA that are eligible for co-funding by DAERA and DAFM are:

–              Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems;

–              Animal Nutrition, Growth, and Lactation;

–              Welfare and Well-being of Agricultural Animals;

–              Diseases of Agricultural Animals;

–              Animal Breeding and Functional Annotation of Genomes;

–              Mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance Across the Food Chain.

Further information including application forms and Frequently Asked Questions are available on their respective websites;


A tri-jurisdictional partnership since 2006

The US-Ireland R&D Partnership is a tri-jurisdictional alliance which was officially launched in 2006. Its aim is to promote collaborative innovative research projects which create value above and beyond individual efforts.

To date 58 projects have been successfully funded under the partnership across key sectors including agriculture, health, science and engineering, telecommunication energy and sustainability and cyber security.  Funding raised to December 2019 is valued at $112.579m, £79.301m,€94.904m.

See the project details

Each jurisdiction is offered a unique opportunity to advance research interests, healthcare and economic development in areas prioritised as:

  • Agriculture PILOT
  • Health
  • Nanoscale Science & Engineering
  • Sensors & Sensor Networks
  • Telecommunications
  • Energy & Sustainability

US Ireland R&D Partnership


Dr. Jonathan Margolis

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State


Dr. Rosemary Hamilton CBE

Northern Ireland Co-Chair


Mr. Feargal Ó Móráin

Ireland Co-Chair



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