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Food Institutional Research Measure FIRM 2008. Declan Coppinger - Food Division & Dr. Pamela Byrne - Research, Food & Codex Division. Why did Irish Gov invest in R & D?. Support the Food Industy Build capability Build capacity  Economic success Little R+D in Industry

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food institutional research measure firm 2008

Food Institutional Research Measure FIRM 2008

Declan Coppinger - Food Division


Dr. Pamela Byrne - Research, Food & Codex Division

why did irish gov invest in r d
Why did Irish Gov invest in R & D?
  • Support the Food Industy
    • Build capability
    • Build capacity
  •  Economic success
  • Little R+D in Industry
  • Large Number Small Companies
public good r d
Public Good R & D
  • Funded by the Public Purse
  • To benefit the Sector as a whole
  • Economically beneficial to Ireland
  • Builds capability & capacity in research institutions which benefits the food industry
firm food institutional research measure
FIRM - Food Institutional Research Measure


  • To provide a base of information & expertise in generic technologies that will support innovation & product development in the food industry
  • Create a Critical Mass through Collaboration
  • To assist in assuring consumer protection & in ensuring that product / process development is underpinned by attention to food safety & quality issues
firm in context
FIRM – in context ..


Pre-Applied /Applied



Research Institutions

EI Progs


firm research themes



Consumer Foods

Process design

Food Ingredients

Food Quality

Food Safety

Food Viruses

Food Waste



DNA technology


Food & health

Strategic Equipment

FIRM – Research Themes
consultative process 2008 call
Consultative Process 2008 call
  • Research Group established Sept. 2007
  • Meetings October, December & February
  • Sub group on FIRM priorities
  • Brainstorming session 22 January 2008
  • Meetings with researchers Cork & Dublin November 2007
  • Written submissions received
  • Meetings with interest groups
funding available
Funding available
  • €18m. - €20m. in awards
  • 30 – 35 projects

Subject to

  • Excellence of the science
  • Outcome of the evaluation process
food manufacturing processing technologies
Food Manufacturing & Processing Technologies
  • Process design, process optimisation, process modelling and problem solving in the food industry;

b. Development of the scientific capability in

i. food formulation,

ii. food ingredient interaction including flavour & texture preservation;

iii. sensory analysis

new uses for food drink by products
New Uses for Food & Drink By-products

a. Development of the scientific capability to extract functional ingredients from existing food by-products;

b. Extraction and exploitation of valuable components arising from food processing systems for food and non-food use

new innovative food ingredients products
New & Innovative Food Ingredients & Products
  • Novel and/or biofunctional ingredients – their delivery and application in the meat, beverages, cheese and snack food sectors.
  • Development of healthy snack products for the cereal and vegetable sector.
  • Diversification of the cheese product portfolio including new and innovative applications for cheese and ingredient-type cheese
food quality safety
Food Quality & Safety
  • Emerging foodborne pathogens and control strategies;
  • Safety of fresh produce including novel / practical methods for decontamination;
  • Novel intelligent & sustainable packaging solutions to enhance food quality, safety & shelf life;
  • Development of technologies and systems to enhance the operation of the poultry industry.
frontiers research
Frontiers Research
  • New bioactives from plant, animal and microbial sources
  • Bioprocessing technologies of new food ingredients

“exploring the science base for new ideas to create future

opportunities for the food industry and future benefits for society”

Small single institution projects


Projects are invited that

  • Build on the development of RELAY
  • Take on board recommendations of DAFF Value for Money review
  • Address the knowledge needs of the food industry
firm the process

Stakeholder Consultation

Call Advertised via Website & Press

4 - 5months

Briefing Sessions for Researchers

Proposal Submissions - Themes

Evaluation by 3 person Expert Panel

Awards / Contracts


Project Management – 6 monthly reports; scientific inspections; institutional audits

FIRM – The Process…
how to get funded
How to Get Funded

Download Guidelines & Application Forms from:



01 6072142

how to get funded1
How to Get Funded
  • Read the Guidelines
  • Pick your collaborators
  • Complete the Application Form!
  • Email Completed form to
  • Send two signed hardcopies to DAFF

By April 3rd 2008

If you have Any questions


Phone Us before you submit

section 1
Section 1
  • Theme areas - indicate your preference
  • Principal Investigator – the person who is responsible for the research activities in your area
  • Project Co-ordinator – Permanent or Contract Researcher with PhD, 2 years postdoc experience & a contract beyond lifetime of project
  • Start date: October 1st 2008 or earlier
section 2 project information
Section 2 – Project Information

2.1 Project Abstract (200 words)

2.2 Project context (800 words)

Why is the research needed?

2.3 Overview of research (200 words)

What are the research objectives & how you will achieve them?

2.4 Impact of the research (200 words)

What are the likely outcomes?

section 2 2 2 ii
Section 2 – 2.2 (ii)

Programme of Research

Your Research Project

Existing research

section 2 project information1
Section 2 – Project Information

2.4 Impact of the research (200 words)

  • What are the likely outcomes?
  • Who will benefit?
  • What will the impact of your research be on end users?
section 3 project task list
Section 3 - Project Task List
  • Indicate Institution(s) responsible for the task
  • Who is the lead institution
  • Task months required to complete the task
  • Describe objectives clearly
  • Indicate what you will deliver & when milestones will be achieved
section 4 project management integration
Section 4 – Project Management & Integration

Section 4.1

  • Management of the collaboration
  • Management of the research
  • Use Gannt Charts & flow diagrams
  • Indicate how tasks are integrated / interact
section 4 project management integration1
Section 4 – Project Management & Integration

Section 4.6 – Exploitation plan

  • Outline what you will do with the outputs of the research
  • Discussions with TTO
  • The next steps….. Publication, licensing, patents, further research, potential application, industry contact, Enterprise Ireland research funding programmes, other funding agencies, FP
section 6 budget details
Section 6 – Budget Details
  • Complete the Excel Spreedsheet – details on how to complete are in the Guidelines (Annex 2)
  • Justify your costs in all categories
stage 1 preliminary assesssment by daff
Stage 1 - Preliminary Assesssment by DAFF
  • Completeness check
  • Verification of proposal eligibility
  • Assignment to expert evaluation panel
stage 2
Stage 2

Remote reading by experts

  • 1 Academic
  • 1 Food Industry
  • 1 Public Sector
stage 22
Stage 2

Panel Evaluation Meeting (facilitated by DAFF moderator)

  • Discuss & evaluate each project proposal
  • Make recommendations / suggestions
  • Agree a consensus mark
  • Complete evaluation summary report
  • Rank proposals
stage 3
Stage 3

FIRM Committee

  • Proposals must achieve 3/5 for SE &F and overall mark of 60% to be considered by FIRM Committee
  • Committee determine indicative levels of funding
  • Recommend funding of successful proposals
  • All applicants notified of result
  • All co-ordinators of successful proposals notified of award
  • Recommendations of expert panel considered in revised proposal
  • Final contract negotiations
  • Research contract signed by Institutions
project management
Project Management
  • Co-ordinators

– talk to your collaborators

- report on progress

  • 6-monthly reports
  • Financial deductions
  • Be accurate
  • Reveal issues!
  • Consider what you said you would do!

Admin Issues:

Declan Coppinger , Trish O Shaughnessy, Geraldine

Corcoran, John Cosgrave

Technical Issues: Dr. Pamela Byrne