EPA Funding

2018 EPA Research Calls (Status: Closed)

This year, proposals were sought from the research community to help identify solutions to emerging and complex environmental problems. The research call highlighted 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 Call was 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 2018 Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Other Funding Opportunities

Fulbright Awards 2019 (Status: Open)

The Fulbright Awards 2019-2020 are now open. The Fulbright Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency are offering a unique opportunity for an Irish postgraduate student or scholar in the field to travel to the U.S. to study or research in the areas of water, climate, and sustainability.

The application deadline is 16:00 on the 6th November 2018. To learn more about the Fulbright Awards visit the Fulbright website.

EPA-IRC Scholarship Scheme (Status: Open)

The EPA - Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2019 is now open. This programme offers scholarships for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a research master’s or PhD (either traditional or structured), in any discipline, at eligible higher education institutions in Ireland.

The deadline for submission of an application is 16:00 (Irish time) on the 1st November 2018. To learn more about this scheme, visit the IRC website.

2018 BiodivERsA Joint Transnational Call (Status: Open)

The BiodivERsA 2018-2019 transnational call for research proposals on “Biodiversity and its influence on animal, human and plant health” was launched on the 1st October 2018. This call aims at supporting transnational research projects jointly addressing issues at the nexus of biodiversity and animal, human and/ or plant health across the different relevant spatial, and temporal scales in an effort to support evidence-based decision-making. This Call is open to the Irish Research Community. Read more

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: