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Raymond Kelly

Head of Research Support

Research Interests

I deal with all aspects of competitive research funding, from input to funding policy;
Management and design of funding calls;
Increasing awareness of funding opportunities amongst researchers;
Support to applications;
Expert reviewer for funding calls;
Contract negotiation and post-award issues.

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Current Projects


  • One of two Irish representatives on European Commission’s Standing Committee on Agriculture Research (SCAR) Steering Group (2012 - Present)
  • Represent Ireland on European Rural Networks Assembly and on Innovation subgroup of the Assembly which oversees the work of EIP-AGRI (2015 - Present)
  • Expert Evaluator for Horizon 2020 (2016 - Present)
  • Coordinator of ResearchLeaders2025 (754380) – Horizon 2020
  • Member of coordination management team for ERA-GAS ERA-NET Cofund (696356) 2016 – Present – Horizon 2020
  • WP leader and member of Governing Board of ICT-AGRI 2 ERA-NET (618123) 2014 – Present – FP7


  • Member of Advisory Group for Irish Horizon Scan of Global Markets (2016 - 2017)
  • Contributed to development of National Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for Agriculture and Food “Sustainable Healthy Agri-Food Research Plan – SHARP” (2014)
  • Contributed to action plans for National Research Prioritisation Areas: Food for Health and Sustainable Food Production and Processing Working Group. Also, significant input into national metrics for monitoring of progress on implementation of prioritisation exercise (2012 – 2013)
  • Member of Steering Group to conduct the National Consultation for Ireland’s submission to the Common Strategic Framework (successor to FP7) - 2011



2000 BSc (Hons) 1st class Biotechnology, National University of Ireland, Galway
2006 PhD Cell and Molecular Biology, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland

Invited speaker at European Commission’s consultation conference on new Research and Innovation Strategy for Agriculture “Designing the Path”; Jan 2016 http://goo.gl/TKm0AY

Invited Chair of workshop on EIP involvement with ERA-NETs hosted by German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, in Bonn, Germany (Sept 2014)

Invited Chair of session in Stakeholder Conference “ERA-Net Initiatives Joint Research for Europe” organised by German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food in Berlin, Germany (Sept