The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland.
The Programme of Strategic Cooperation between Irish Aid and Higher Education and Research Institutes is managed by the HEA on behalf of Irish Aid. The aim of the scheme is to promote innovative research across a range of subject areas in support of Irish Aid’s mission and to develop the capacity of the higher-education sector in Ireland and abroad for developmental research.
On the 23rd May 2012, the Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched the third round of funding under the Programme of Strategic Cooperation at the ‘Scaling Up Agriculture: Sharing Challenges and Experiences of Modernising Agriculture in Ireland and Africa’ conference in Trinity College. Speaking at the conference, Minister Joe Costello said:“I am … pleased to announce €4.8 million in funding to support research and education partnerships between Irish and African higher education institutes. The research partnerships have a strong focus on hunger, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health and education.” The call was a competitive process and recommendations were made to the Minister by an international assessment panel. The following projects will be supported under this round of funding: