Research Call 2017

The 2017 Annual Research Call is seeking proposals to help identify solutions to emerging and complex environmental problems.

This year, the Research Calls have a particular focus on the importance of a clean, protected environment for our health, our wellbeing and our quality of life, in line with the current EPA Strategic Plan, Our Environment, Our Wellbeing.

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for addtional information.  Any queries related to the call not covered by our FAQs must be emailed to

With up to €8.2 million available for new research projects, the Research Calls are divided into three main research strands:

The Green Enterprise Call is also open

An additional project specific call is now open:

EPA Research – Climate Call 2017 Additional Topic on: Air Quality Open Data Research Fellowship 

The EPA invites research proposals under the topics listed in the technical description documents.

These proposals will be Research Fellowships, Desk-Studies, Medium-Scale or Large-Scale Projects:

EPA Research Calls are open to all types of organisations, within and outside of Ireland. To apply for EPA funding, you must be registered on Smartsimple, the EPA’s online Grant Application and project Management system.

Call Timeframe

Any queries related to the call must be emailed to

Timeframe for Climate 2017 Call - Project 10: Additional Topic on: Air Quality Open Data (Research Fellowship)

New Features for 2017

We have introduced some new features for the 2017 Call

New EPA Policy on the Support of Maternity, Paternity and Adoptive Leave

One of the major impediments to Gender Equality in Higher Education Authorities is the reimbursement of maternity/paternity/adoptive leave by Research Funders. To address this issue the EPA is introducing a new policy to provide support for Maternity, Paternity and Adoptive Leave. 

Ireland’s strategy for Research and Development, Science and Technology, Innovation 2020, highlights gender equality as a key issue to be addressed in order to deliver on the vision of becoming ‘a global innovation leader’. It calls for action to ‘address gender issues relating to career progression in research and innovation’.
In June 2016, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) published a National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This document contains a number of objectives and related recommendations aimed at Research funders to help them support higher education institutions to address gender inequality in research careers

New SmartSimple Interface

A new version of SmartSimple, the EPA’s Grant Application and Project management portal is also being launched to coincide with the call. Simplified menus and streamlined screen views mean a more user friendly experience. User Guides are available on your SmartSimple Homepage or with the Research Call documents