STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium (IRC) 

Building on STAR-IDAZ, an International Research Consortium (IRC) of research funders and programme owners, aiming to maximise funding for coordinated animal health research, with a higher level of commitment was launched at an event hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on 27 January 2016.

The overall objective of the STAR-IDAZ IRC is to coordinate research at the international level to contribute to new and improved animal health strategies for at least 30 priority diseases/infections/issues.
The deliverables include:

  • candidate vaccines, and/or
  • diagnostics, and/or
  • therapeutics and other animal health products, and/or
  • procedures and/or
  • key scientific information/tools to support risk analysis and disease control


DISCONTOOLS identifies the gaps in knowledge to speed up the development of new DISease CONtrol TOOLS (diagnostics, vaccines and pharmaceuticals) and reduce the burden of animal diseases. This delivers benefits in terms of animal health and welfare, public health and a safe and secure food supply.

They provide information for 53 infectious diseases of animals and aim to keep the information updated (average of 5-year cycle). DISCONTOOLS is a key resource for the STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium, as well as for other funders of animal health research including trusts and industry bodies.