Researchers awarded funding to investigate crop protection and clean energy

Date released: Sep 21 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency welcomes the announcement of two new research projects it will co-fund through the Science Foundation Ireland’s Investigator Programme.

As part of this strategic partnership with Science Foundation Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency will co-fund two five-year research projects:

  • Trinity College Dublin (Frank Wellmer) – looking at crop protection (A new avenue for crop protection: generating Brassica cultivars with supernumerary trichomes); and
  • University of Limerick (Michael Zaworotko) – looking at clean energy (Green Adsorbents for Clean Energy).

The awards will be announced at the Science Foundation Ireland Award Ceremony taking place today in Trinity College Dublin. Alice Wemaere, EPA Research Manager, said:

“We are delighted to build on the success of previous collaborations between the Environmental Protection Agency and Science Foundation Ireland. The two projects awarded funding today have the potential to yield significant environmental, economic and societal benefits for Ireland and will add to the range of EPA research that provides pathways to a low-carbon, sustainable future. The EPA wants to maximise the impact and benefit of its research funding for society and will therefore continue to seek co-funding and strategic collaboration opportunities to support environmental research.”

In 2016, the EPA and SFI, together with the Geological Survey of Ireland, collaborated to award their first jointly funded Investigator award on Raw Materials to David Chew of Trinity College Dublin.

Notes to Editor

SFI Investigator Programme:

This SFI Programme is designed to support the development of world-class research and human capital in the areas of science, engineering and mathematics (STEM), that demonstrably support and underpin enterprise competitiveness and societal development in Ireland.

More information available on the SFI website.

EPA Research Programme:

The EPA’s current Research Programme 2014–2020 is built around three pillars – Climate, Sustainability and Water.  The Programme aims to identify pressures, inform policy and develop solutions.

More information about the EPA Research Programme can be found by visiting the EPA Website and signing up for the quarterly Research Newsletter. This provides news and updates about research calls, events and publications that are of relevance to researchers and other interested parties.

EPA Research on Twitter @eparesearchnews can be followed for the very latest information and developments about the Research Programme and its projects.