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About EPA Research

EPA Research 2014 Call - Climate, Water, Sustainability and GreenEnterprise

EPA Research Strategy 2014-2020

Horizon 2020

EPA Research Newsletter

Calendar of environmental research events

About EPA Research

EPA Research is built around 3 pillars:

and aims to:

Identify pressures:
Providing assessments of current environmental status and future trends to identify pressures on our environment
Inform policy:
Generating evidence, reviewing practices and building models to inform policy development and implementation
Develop solutions:
Using novel technologies and methods that address environmental challenges and provide green economic opportunities

EPA funded environmental research provides essential scientific support for environmental policy development, implementation and broader decision making. Since 1994, the EPA has funded research that has increased national understanding of our environment, the challenges it faces and responses to these. It has also developed high quality research capacity and supported innovation that is internationally respected. EPA Research is targeted to address the needs of key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders and also encourages the researcher community to engage with these stakeholders.

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EPA Research 2014 Call

We are delighted to announce that almost all of the grants for 2014 have now been either offered or awarded.

Please see 2014 Research Call page for details of successful projects

For any queries on the call please contact research@epa.ie 

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EPA Research Strategy 2014-2020

The strategy for the next phase of the EPA's Research Programme was published to coincide with this year's call.

EPA Research Strategy 2014-2020

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Horizon 2020

Open Calls:

The REVISED 2015 Work Programme for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 is now available (download the revised 2015 WP)

The deadlines for the 2015 calls are:

  • Single stage and the first stage of two-stage topics : 21 April 2015
  • Second stage of two-stage topics: 8 September 2015

EPA Support:

The EPA promotes, encourages and facilitates the successful participation of Irish researchers in Horizon 2020 via its role as National Delegate and Contact Point for the Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials” (Climate Action), in partnership with Enterprise Ireland. Read more on Horizon 2020 and EPA Support available

Horizon2020 Societal Challenge 5: Preparation for the work programme 2016-2017

The EC has now published a call for ideas is at http://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CALLforIDEAS-SC5

As part of the work programme 2016-2017 of the societal challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials” (SC5) of the Horizon 2020 framework programme, the European Commission intends to open calls for large-scale pilot/demonstration projects.

This builds on the advice from the Societal Challenge 5 Advisory Group and on the response to a public consultation in spring 2014[1] for preparing a scoping paper for the 2016 – 2017 work programme.

Ideas are invited at this stage for possible pilot/demonstration projects in the following areas:

  1. Systemic eco-innovation for a circular economy: demonstration projects on eco-innovative business models and services that bring a systemic change towards a circular economy[4], which includes reuse, repair and recycling of resources across value chains, product eco-design, and value added services to products.
  2. Climate services: user-driven demonstration projects aimed at developing climate services and products that will enable climate-smart decisions at various levels by public authorities and/or businesses.
  3. Nature-based solutions: demonstration projects aimed at re-naturing cities in such a way that as many co-benefits are realised across a range of societal challenges such as climate change, flooding, heat waves and other disaster risks, energy and resource management, air and noise pollution and pressures on human health, degradation of biodiversity and natural as well as cultural heritage, or social exclusion.
  4. Water: demonstration projects to apply and test innovative solutions in line with EIP Water priorities[8]. The projects should aim to develop the water services of the future at an acceptable cost for consumers, industries and local communities, moving toward a circular economy approach.

The European Commission service will carefully examine all ideas received in view of (i) designing its 2016 – 2017 work programme and ensuing calls for proposals and (ii) defining and implementing a supportive EU research and innovation policy framework. The Commission does not engage itself to necessarily reproduce any of them into future calls for proposals; no grants will be awarded as a direct result of this call for ideas.

You can follow up on www.tinyurl.com/greenRTD and participate further in our community’s debate.

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EPA Research Newsletter

You can sign up for our quarterly newsletter by emailing research@epa.ie with the subject line 'Subscribe'

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Calendar of environmental research events

If you would like your environmental research event added to this calendar, please email research@epa.ie

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