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Programme of Strategic Cooperation

Through the Programme of Strategic Co-operation, we promote linkages and co-operation in research and  teaching between higher education and research institutions in Ireland and in countries supported by Irish Aid. The programme is managed in partnership with the Higher Education Authority (HEA).  

The Programme of Strategic Co-operation (PSC) was launched in 2006 with the aim of providing funding for universities and third-level colleges in Ireland to develop collaborative partnerships with higher education institutions in developing countries.

Currently in its second phase, the PSC has awarded over €16 million to a total of 15 initiatives to date.

The Programme has resulted in a significant generation of new knowledge, strengthened networks and partnerships and capacity within universities and learning institutions across Africa.


The Programme has awarded three rounds of funding  for the following initiatives led by   Irish higher education institutions:

Round 1: 2007

Research and Teaching Programmes

Funding allocation

The Irish-African Partnership for Research Capacity Building

 (Centre for Cross Border Studies)


Centre for Global Development through Education

 (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick 


Combat Diseases of Poverty Consortium

(NUI Maynooth)


Connecting Health Research in Africa and Ireland

 Consortium (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)


International Development Studies Initiative

 (University College Dublin)


Round 2: 2008


Funding allocation

Mozambique Eyecare Project (Dublin Institute of Technology)


Water is Life (Dundalk Institute of Technology)


Doctoral Training for Development in Africa Project (Trinity College Dublin)



Round 3: 2012


Funding allocation

Digital Media in Zambia (Ballyfermot College of Further Education)



Transformative Engagement Network on Hunger (NUI, Maynooth)



Human Resources for Eye Health for Africa (Dublin Institute of Technology)



Community Systems Strengthening (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)



NOURISH (Trinity College, Dublin)



Agriculture for better Nutrition in Ethiopia and Tanzania (University College, Cork)



Public administration systems and effective HIV/AIDS policies (University of Limerick)



Future funding rounds

It is planned that a further round of funding will be announced in 2015, following an evaluation of the Programme.

Read more about the PSC

Visit the HEA website to find out more about the Programme for Strategic Co-operation.