Tackling major environmental challenges – EPA Research Call to provide €9.5 million for new environmental research

Date released: Apr 23 2018

The EPA has today launched its annual Research Call.  It is now seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to emerging and complex environmental problems.  The Research Call highlights the importance of a clean, healthy and well-protected environment for our health, our wellbeing and our quality of life.

With up to €9.5 million available for new research projects, the Research Calls are divided into three strands: Water; Climate & Air, and Environmental Sustainability.  Managed by the EPA and funded by the Government through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the research call is designed to support the implementation of environmental policies in Ireland. 

Dr Alice Wemaere, EPA Research Manager, said,

“The EPA Research Programme funds research that addresses knowledge gaps and provides the evidence base to inform policy-making by government. The Research Call process for environmental proposals is competitive and we expect to be assessing many high-quality submissions from the research community.

“We are particularly pleased this year to be including an Open Call to encourage the submission of innovative research proposals to support and inform national environmental policies and challenges. We have leveraged a high level of co-funding from other Departments and Agencies and welcome this opportunity to strengthen our collaboration with other organisations in addressing key environmental challenges.”

The EPA has been funding research in Ireland since 1994 and is currently funding more than 200 on-going research projects.

Further details about the 2018 EPA Research Calls are available on the EPA website.

Notes to Editor

Supporting environmental policies: The Research Call is designed to support the implementation of environmental policies in Ireland including: the National Climate Mitigation Plan, National Climate Adaption Framework, Circular Economy Action Plans and Strategies, Biodiversity National Action Plan and National Peatlands Strategy, as well as the forthcoming Clean Air Strategy, UN Sustainable Development Goals Implementation Plan and National River Basin Management Plan.

Research applications: EPA Research Calls are open to all types of organisations, within and outside Ireland. To apply for EPA funding, you must be registered on the EPA’s online Grant Application and project Management system. Research Proposals must be submitted in response to one of the topics included in the Call Descriptions.

The call timeframe is outlined below:

  • Call opening: 23rd April 2018
  • Call submission deadline: 27th June 2018 (5pm)
  • Call authorisation deadline: 6th July 2018 (5pm)
  • November 2018: award of new projects

Queries relating to the call: research@epa.ie

Further funding: Other EPA funding opportunities this year include Joint Transnational Calls in the areas of Water, Climate and Biodiversity; Fulbright-EPA Scholarships and Fellowships; as well as scholarships, as part of the Irish Research Council-EPA Postgraduate Scheme (due to open later this year) and possible cofunding under the SFI-EPA investigator Programme.


Further details about the EPA Research Programme are on the EPA website.