EPA Funding

2019 EPA Research Calls (Status: Open)

This year, proposals are being sought 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 €10.2m available for new research projects to be awarded in 2019 and 2020, the Research Call is divided into three strands: Water; Climate & Air, and Environmental Sustainability. Full details of the call topics can be found in the Technical Description Documents.  Please also refer to the Research Call Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Other Funding Opportunities

EPA Co-funded Scholarship Scheme 2019 (Status: Closed)

The 2019 EPA Co-funded Scholarship Scheme is open and will close on the 29th March 2019 at 5pm. The deadline for submitting queries is the 28th March 2019 at 5pm.

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EPA-Science Foundation Ireland Frontiers for the Future Programme (Status: Closed)

The EPA-Science Foundation Ireland Frontiers for the Future Programme is now open. The deadline for pre-proposal submission is Thursday 28th March 2019 at 1pm.

SFI will host a webinar outlining the Frontiers for the Future Programme call and its application process on Wednesday 13th February at 11am

All queries must be sent to: ffp@sfi.ie

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About EPA Funding

The EPA’s current Research Programme 2014–2020 provides funding under three pillars -Sustainability, Climate and Water.

This is facilitated through the annual EPA Research Call, which is announced between April and June each year

  • Climate research is about informing actions on, and improving engagement with, the diverse challenges posed by climate change under four areas: (i) Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks; (ii) Ireland’s Future Climate, Its Impacts and Adaptation Options; (iii) Socio-economic and Technological Solutions; and (iv) Air Science. It also aims to identify and advance opportunities that arise from addressing these challenges.
  • Water research is about supporting relevant water policy and protecting our water environment, contributing to achieving excellent water quality in Ireland, and is organised under five areas: (i) Safe Water; (ii) Ecosystem Services and Sustainability; (iii) Innovative Water Technologies; (iv) Understanding, Managing and Conserving our Water Resources; and (v) Emerging and Cross-cutting Issues.
  • Sustainability research is about achieving a high quality of life in a resource-efficient Ireland, and is organised under four areas: (i) Resource Efficiency; (ii) Health and Wellbeing; (iii) Socio-economics; and (iv) Natural Capital and Ecosystems.

There are currently over 200 active research projects funded by the EPA. Information about these projects can be accessed through the EPA Research project database.

Projects funded by the EPA Research 2014 – 2020 programme are required to comply with “Green” or “Gold” open access standards.

Research projects are required to upload datasets and outputs onto the SAFER-Data Research Data Archive, where it is available for public viewing.

As well as providing funding under the pillars, we also provide funding for: