Kildare TD calls for new agricultural research initiative

A Kildare-based TD has called for a pilot agricultural research initiative.

The Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Navy for Research and Innovation, Martin Heydon TD, today announced the establishment of a new pilot initiative to research.

The Policy and Strategic Studies Research Call, or PSSRC, will support research that expands the Department’s evidence base, informing and supporting policy-making in the agrifood, forestry and bio-based sectors.

Specifically, Minister Heydon announced the launch of the first research call under this new initiative and invited all eligible research organizations (RPOs) to submit research proposals aligned with the topics specified in the call.

Commenting on the launch, Minister Heydon said: “I am delighted to announce this new pilot research initiative and to see the immediate launch of the first Policy and Strategic Studies research call on September 14, 2022.

“Sound science is at the heart of everything we do and research is essential to provide the evidence and knowledge base needed to develop policies, programs and services, to benefit the agri-food, forestry and the bioeconomy.

Minister Martin Heydon, TD (Fine Gael)

He added: “The twenty topics of this call have been identified by my department to meet immediate strategic policy needs; they range from climate, pesticides and forestry to animal health and welfare, bioeconomy and women in agriculture.

Minister Heydon also said the government’s agenda and Food Vision 2030 will highlight the need for support and investment in research: “This new initiative means we can be more nimble in how we fund research, especially for the more pressing issues facing the department and the wider agribusiness sector.

“I strongly encourage Irish scholars to consider the wide range of topics covered in this call and submit relevant proposals.”


The Department updated its research program in 2021 by replacing the three components FIRM, Stimulus and COFORD with five new components, including the Strategic Studies component.

This stream is designed to provide a more flexible funding vehicle capable of addressing primarily political issues more quickly while requiring scientific rigor.

The initial call under this program can then be rolled out through other open calls based on specific topics identified by the Department to meet immediate or short- to medium-term strategic/policy needs.

Projects can last up to 1 or 2 years.

The Department described the PSSRC as a call for competitive “public good” research and the process, and added that together with the relevant results, they will be widely published and made freely available in accordance with state aid rules. state and principles of open science.

More information about the PSSRC initiative and PSSRC 2022, as well as where to find the appeal documents, can be found in the Research News and Events section of the Department’s official website.


The deadline for submission is October 17, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Further details will be provided to all potential applicants via an informational webinar hosted by the Department’s Research Division on September 22, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.

Interested persons can register at the following link:

Financial support for the PSSRC 2022 call is provided through the department’s research program


Lana T. Arthur