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SCAR - National Research Systems - Ireland

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) ( is the Competent Authority for agricultural policy in Ireland. Primary responsibility for Agriculture and Food research is vested by Government in Teagasc (, the Irish National Agriculture and Food Development Authority. Agriculture and Food Research is also carried out in the Third Level Institutions.

The policy priority is to support a sustainable, competitive, multifunctional Agriculture, Food, Marine and Forestry sectors, while also maintaining the maximum number of family farms in rural areas. The research priorities, therefore, are centred on providing a strong scientific foundation and knowledge base to underpin the sector.

Agri-Food Research Infrastructure

1. Department of Agriculture and Food

DAFM is the primary funding agency for agri-food research through core funding provided to Teagasc and also through public good, competitive research programmes in Agriculture, Food and Forestry research.

2. Teagasc

Teagasc research is carried out at six research centres which are strategically located around the country. Research programmes are carried out in (i) Animal and Grassland, (ii) Food, (iii) Crops, Environment and Landuse, and (iv) Rural Economy and Development.

3. Third-Level Institutions

Agri-Food Research is also carried out in the Universities and Institutes of Technology. The following Institutions carry out various aspects of Agri-Food Research. An example of the type of research is given with a link to the web page.. 4. Marine Institute

The Marine Institute operates a range of Research and Development Facilities for Marine Research including Sea Food research around Ireland and her coastline.

Agencies Involved in National RTD Support

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  SCAR meetings.

The SCAR plenary meetings are normally organised twice a year. Thirteen meetings have been held so far since February 2005.

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The SCAR committee is supported by a Secretariat with staff from the Commission's Directorate-General for Research and staff made available to SCAR from Member States (‘virtual secretariat’). The Secretariat is in charge of the preparation and follow-up of forum meetings (e.g. coordination of the agenda, invitation, documents for the meeting, minutes) and provides assistance to the working groups.
Contact person: François Constantin.