EPA supporting Irish researchers to compete for EU research funds

Date released: Oct 09 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a National Environment Information Day in Dublin today to support researchers who can benefit from access to European research funding.

The purpose of the 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 the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP-7).

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 FP7 funding to date. In addition, key experts from the European Commission, European Environment Agency and various industrial and academic institutions will highlight knowledge gaps and emerging issues across various environmental areas.  These areas include water, environmental technologies, soils, biodiversity and environment & health.

Opening the event, Dr. Mary Kelly, Director General, EPA said:

“The provision of a sound, evidence-base is vital to support effective policy and decision making and for addressing pressing existing and emerging environmental issues.  Transnational cooperation, such as that promoted by the EU FP7 programme brings together resources, disciplines and scientific excellence.  The synergy created unlocks new methods of protecting our environment and ensuring sustainable natural resources.
 “In the current economic climate, it is vital to maximise the value of environmental research that has been funded nationally by the EPA and others over the past number of years. As the co-ordinating body in Ireland for the FP7 environment theme, the EPA will continue to support and provide specialist expertise to Irish researchers to help them leverage further research funding from the EU to undertake valuable projects tackling urgent environmental issues.”

Mr. Liam Brown from the FP7 National Support Office, Enterprise Ireland said:

“In the first two years of FP7, 18 research participants from Ireland have been successful in winning funding in excess of €4.25 million under the environmental thematic area in this major EU research funding programme. Enterprise Ireland has scaled up the national resources to support Irish researchers and companies to participate in FP7 with dedicated specialists from a number of agencies including the EPA.  Enterprise Ireland looks forward to more successful projects emerging from events like today’s National Environment Information day”.

The programme for the conference is available on the EPA website.

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Further information: Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)

Notes for Editors:

FP7 is the short name for the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. This is the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe and it will run from 2007 to 2013. The EC budget for the next seven years is € 50.5 billion and the Euratom budget for the next five years is € 2.7 billion.
The EPA is the co-ordinating body in Ireland for the FP7-Programme Theme 6: Environment including climate change.