EPA Research

“Using knowledge to protect and improve our natural environment and human health”

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.

The core funding for the EPA managed research programme is provided by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment. 

Funding Opportunities

Visit our EPA Funding page for information on open calls.

EPA-HSE Priority Setting in Environment & Health Research

To map and best inform the future direction of environment and health research in Ireland, the EPA and the HSE have partnered to jointly support the development of a national agenda for research in this area.

Read more about the Priority Setting Exercise

2014 - 2020 Research Strategy

In 2014, the 2014-2020 EPA Research Strategy was launched, which builds on existing strengths and experience across a very broad range of activities in support of environmental policy development and implementation. 

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.

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 

The infographic below gives details of key figures for 2016.

This infographic gives details of the EPA Research Programme figures for 2016