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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.

Funding

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)

€1,500,000

Centre for Global Development through Education

 (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick 

€1.430,000

Combat Diseases of Poverty Consortium

(NUI Maynooth)

€1,400,000

Connecting Health Research in Africa and Ireland

 Consortium (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)

€1,480,000

International Development Studies Initiative

 (University College Dublin)

€1,500,000

Round 2: 2008

Organisation

Funding allocation

Mozambique Eyecare Project (Dublin Institute of Technology)

€1,490,000

Water is Life (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

€1,500,000

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

€1,500,000

 

Round 3: 2012

Organisation

Funding allocation

Digital Media in Zambia (Ballyfermot College of Further Education)

€195,780

 

Transformative Engagement Network on Hunger (NUI, Maynooth)

€653,016

 

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

€458,022

 

Community Systems Strengthening (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)

€898,776

 

NOURISH (Trinity College, Dublin)

€1,082,546

 

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

€934,431

 

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

€578,784

 

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.