Water Call 2017

The EPA Research Programme has a strong focus on policy and is driven by national regulations and European directives. A sustained Water Research Programme is an essential component of Ireland’s role in protecting its water resources and meeting its requirements under water-related EU directives, the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and national polices.

The EPA Research Programme has allocated funding of approximately € 1.68m for new commitments as a result of this 2017 Water research call.

Click here to view the Water Call 2017 Documents

The overall aim of the water pillar is to support relevant water policy and to protect our water environment, contributing to achieving excellent water quality in Ireland.

The EPA Research Water Pillar deals with groundwater, surface water, transitional and coastal water; as well as wastewater, drinking, bathing and shellfish waters.

The EPA Research Water Pillar is structured into five thematic areas of research, as follows:

Multi- and inter-disciplinary research is required on these themes, with expected social, economic, technological, environmental and policy impacts.

Cofunding and Partnerships

As part of the EPA Research Call 2017: Water, one topic, A framework for implementation of targeted approaches for water and catchment management in rural areas will be cofunded on a 50:50 basis with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

DAFM operates three 'public good' competitive research funding programmes for agriculture, food and forestry to support innovation and economic success across the bioeconomy. DAFM also provides support for Irish involvement in the EU Horizon 2020 research funding programme.

Funding Structure

The EPA invites research proposals under the specific topics listed in the table below.

These proposals will be Medium-Scale or Large-Scale Projects:

  • Medium-Scale Project will typically last from 24 to 36 months with an indicative cost range of €100,000 to €350,000;
  • Large-Scale Project will typically last from 36 to 48 months with an indicative costs range of €350,000 to €500,000.

Call Topic Ref.

Thematic Areas and Project Titles

Max. Budget (€) per project 

Safe Water

Water 2017 Call - Project 1

Detection, monitoring and risk assessment for contaminants of emerging concern in Irish receiving waters €350,000

Ecosystem Services and Sustainability

Water 2017 Call - Project 2

Evaluating the role of riparian zones for the effective management of Irish rivers €500,000

Water 2017 Call - Project 3

Taxonomy and Genetics of Arctic char in Ireland €150,000

Understanding, Managing and Conserving our Water Resources

Water 2017 Call - Project 4

Potential for the use of drones for the purposes of open lake water sampling €150,000 

Water 2017 Call - Project 5

Remote sensing of surface waters in Ireland €250,000
Water 2017 Call - Project 6 Management of the small stream network for improved water quality and maintenance of catchment biodiversity and ecosystem services €500,000
Water 2017 Call - Project 7  A framework for implementation of targeted approaches for water and catchment management in rural areas €500,000
To be cofunded 50:50 with DAFM