Research Call 2017

The EPA Research 2017 Calls are now closed.

EPA Research – 2017 UN Sustainable Development Goals Call

On the 12th July 2017, an additional Call for Research Proposals focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was opened

This call is relevant to all three Research Pillars: Climate, Water and Sustainability and includes:

Timeframe for UN Sustainable Development Goals Call

Further information can be found in the 2017 UN Sustainable Development Goals Call Technical Description.

Climate Call 2017 - Reissue of Climate Change and Land Topic 11

On the 25th of July 2017, the Climate Change and Land Topic 11 was reopened for applications.

Timeframe for Climate Change and Land Topic 11

Any queries related to the call must be emailed to

Proposals awarded will be Research Fellowships, Desk-Studies, Medium-Scale or Large-Scale Projects:

Our 2017 Research Call which opened on the 5th of May is now Closed

This year, the Research Calls had 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.

Awards will be made in November 2017 under the following headings:

Further information on the topics can be found in the Technical Description Documentation.

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

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.