EPA facilitation assists Irish researchers in securing €7 million in EU funding for Environmental Research

Date released: Aug 08 2016, 2:26 PM

The EPA will host its 2016 National Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 Information Day on 7 October, in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin. The purpose of this event is to advise and support Irish researchers in internationalising their research and in forming new research partnerships, so that they can compete successfully for EU research funds under Horizon 2020.

Irish environmental researchers have secured over €7 million in funding for environmental research during the first two years of Europe’s flagship research programme, Horizon 2020. The EPA actively promotes, encourages and facilitates the successful participation of Irish researchers in Horizon 2020, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and the Horizon 2020 National Support Network.

Ms Laura Burke, Director General EPA, said:

“Our environment knows no boundaries and transnational cooperation, such as that promoted by the Horizon 2020 programme, is essential if we are to address the key societal challenges facing us today.   Through successive national environmental research programmes, over the past twenty years, we have a pool of environmental and other researchers in Ireland that are successfully competing with the best in Europe to come up with innovative ways of addressing these challenges.”

She added:

“The EPA will continue to support and provide specialist expertise to Irish researchers to help them leverage further research funding from the EU to collaborate with EU researchers to undertake valuable projects tackling urgent environmental issues such as Water and Climate.”

Speaking about the information day, Dr. Alice Wemaere EPA, SC5 National Contact Point said:

“The event will place a strong emphasis on networking between national and European researchers from academia and industry. It will showcase Irish research projects that have successfully leveraged EU-funding to-date. In addition, key experts from the European Commission and various industrial and academic institutions will highlight key knowledge gaps and emerging issues across various environmental areas, such as Climate Change, Water and Resource Efficiency”.

Further details on the information day are available on the EPA website.

Some highlights from Irish participation in the Horizon 2020 programme:

  • Irish researchers are involved in 17 projects under the Societal Challenge 5 which addresses climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
  • Seven projects co-ordinated by Irish researchers, including four SME-led projects.
  • An €8 million project led by University College Dublin, involving a consortium of 26 partners from the European Union, China and Hong Kong, looking at the potential to generate high-value products from agri-food wastes.
  • A €6 million project led by Trinity College Dublin investigating the use of smart technology to improve air quality in European cities.
  • A €3.5 million project-led by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland looking to design, develop, pilot and field-test a range of sustainable point-of-use solar disinfection technologies that will provide affordable access to safe water for remote and vulnerable communities in Africa and elsewhere.

The table below provides a list of the successful projects/proposals for the Horizon 2020 SC5 2014/2015 call.

Project titleOrganisation
Sustainable techno-economic solutions for the agricultural value chain  University College Dublin & Carton Brothers

Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe
Trinity College Dublin & Dublin City Council
Water - Sustainable Point-Of-Use Treatment Technologies Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, NUI Maynooth, Dublin City University
Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers  University College Cork & Inland Fisheries Ireland
Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies University College Cork
Optimising and enhancing the integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems  Marine Institute, Daithi O Murchu Research Station Ltd., T.E. Laboratories
European Research Area for Climate Services Environmental Protection Agency & Department of Environment, Community & Local Government
GROW Observatory  WeCreate Workspace Ltd
Innovative Ecological on-site Sanitation System for Water and Resource Savings NUI Galway
Low-temperature anaerobic digestion treatment of low-strength wastewaters NVP Energy
Developing a concept for a European minerals deposit framework  University College Cork
Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas NUI Galway, Marine Law and Ocean Policy Research Services Ltd
Demonstration project to prove the techno-economic feasibility of using algae to treat saline wastewater from the food industry Dublin City University
Smart Toolbox for Engaging Citizens into a People-Centric Observation Web C.C.I.C.C Limited (CARR)
TyRec process: Whole Tyre Recycling within 30 Minutes with Molten Zinc – towards a circular economy  Composite Recycling Limited
Water Works 2014-2019 in Support of the Water JPI  Environmental Protection Agency

Water Works 2016-2020 in Support of the Water JPI (WaterWorks2015) - Sustainable water use in agriculture, to increase water use efficiency and reduce soil and water pollution 
Environmental Protection Agency


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