Irish researchers win €30m in EU research funding for a better environment

Date released: Oct 06 2010

Since 2007, €30 million in EU funding from the FP7 programme has been awarded to Irish researchers. This funding supports 95 projects being carried out by colleges and companies throughout Ireland, alongside European partners, to protect and improve our environment.

At a conference today, Irish and international experts addressed over 100 leading researchers to help them maximise success in accessing EU research funds. The EPA organizes this National Information Day each year to promote the publication of FP7-Environment calls, facilitate networking and increase cooperation between European research teams. The FP7 programme will run until 2013. 

Speaking at the event, Laura Burke, Director, EPA Office of Climate, Licensing and Resource Use, said;

“Today’s event is part of the support the EPA provides to Irish researchers to help them leverage funding from the EU to undertake research needed to tackle urgent environmental issues. In the current economic climate, we must maximise the value from environmental research that has been funded nationally, by the EPA and others. Research plays a critical role in supporting environmental management.”

Dr Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland - who is the National Director of Ireland's National Support Network for FP7 - provided an update on Ireland’s success under the FP7 programme.

Other presenters included Prof David Taylor from Trinity College Dublin, who is leading a research project looking at human health and environmental change in east Africa; Dr Anthony Grehan, from NUI Galway, who is participating in a number of research projects looking at the marine environment including the effects of climate change; Dr Enrique Playán from the Spanish National Research Council who described major future opportunities in the area of water quality and quantity and Dr Julian Wilson - from the European Commission – who spoke about research needs for developing earth observation technologies.

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Further information: Niamh Leahy, 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.