Agri-Food Quest opens second call for collaborative research projects


Lisa Braniff
Invest NI
Feb 22, 2016

There is good news for companies involved in the agriculture sector as Agri-Food Quest has announced a second project call for industrial projects costing up to £250,000.

Participating companies will contribute 25% of project costs through in-kind contributions and have an opportunity to tap into the research expertise at Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI).

If you are interested you can become a member and submit collaborative research proposals before 18.00, 10 May 2016. Proposals addressing the following areas are particularly welcome:

  • Human health and diet
  • Track and trace from farm to fork
  • Animal production optimisation
  • Shelf-life extension

The key objective of the Centre is to stimulate export growth and improve productivity and international competitiveness in the sector through increasing the level of collaborative research activity.

Agri-Food Quest is supported by the Invest Northern Ireland Competence Centre Programme. It is a membership-based, industry-led Innovation Centre. And membership is open to all agri-food businesses in Northern Ireland and to companies outside Northern Ireland that will contribute to the local economy

Director of Agri-Food Quest, Stephane Durand said: “Investment in research and development is a crucial component in the development of innovative products and in targeting export markets. This new centre, which allows the sector access to the collective knowledge and expertise available from Queen’s, Ulster University and AFBI, is vital to the success of that strategy. Not only will it support the development of our local food industry to compete strongly in export markets, it will also build on the agri-food knowledge and skills that already exist in Northern Ireland. I would encourage companies operating in the agri-food sector to explore how this centre could benefit their business.”

Read further information, including how to join Agri-Food Quest and how to propose a research collaboration on the Agri-Food Quest website.

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