EPA Research Awards 2016

The 2016 Research Call opened on 20th May 2016.

A total of 39 applications under Climate, 27 applications under Water and 24 applications under Green Enterprise were received by the closing date of 15th July using SmartSimple.

As a result, 14 Climate Projects, 11 Water Projects and 10 Green Enterprise projects were awarded, in addition to the 10 Sustainability Projects that were announced in September 2016 for a total commitment of approximately €7.9 million.

The EPA’s Research Programme 2014-2020 is designed to identify pressures, inform policy and develop solutions to environmental challenges through the provision of strong evidence-based scientific knowledge:

  • Identifying Pressures: Providing assessments of current environmental status and future trends to identify pressures on our environment. 
  • Informing Policy: Generating evidence, reviewing practices and building models to inform policy development and implementation.
  • Developing Solutions: Using novel technologies and methods that address environmental challenges and provide green economy opportunities

Climate Projects

Lead Organisation

Principal Investigator 

Project Title 

Project Type 

National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Paraic Ryan CIViC- Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability to Climate Change Medium Scale Project 
APEnvEcon Andrew Kelly CON+AIR - Addressing Conflicts of Climate and Air Pollution Medium Scale Project
University College Cork (UCC) Margaret Desmond Enabling the transition to a climate resilient Ireland Research Fellowship
University College Cork (UCC) Jeremy Gault National Risk Assessment of Impacts of Climate Change Medium Scale Project
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Phillip O'Brien Metrics of Climate Neutrality in the context of Deep Decarbonisation in Ireland by 2050 Research Fellowship
University College Cork (UCC) Celine McInerney EU ETS and Competitiveness of Irish Industry Medium Scale Project
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Paul Nolan Towards a definitive historical high-resolution climate dataset for Ireland – promoting climate research in Ireland Research Fellowship
Teagasc Laurence Shalloo Review national emission factors for methane emissions from livestock Desk Study
Dublin City University (DCU) Barry McMullin Potential for Negative Emissions Technology in Ireland Medium Scale Project
University College Cork (UCC) Paul Leahy Tools for Climate Change Attribution of Extreme Weather Events Medium Scale Project
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Matthew Saunders Soil Organic carbon and Land Use Mapping (SOLUM) Medium Scale Project
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Margaret O'Mahony Impact of NO2 on health with particular emphasis on vulnerable groups Medium Scale Project
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Damien Martin Developing Irelands Greenhouse Gas and Transboundary Air Pollution Monitoring Network Research Fellowship
Trent University Julian Aherne Nitrogen-sulphur critical loads: assessment of the impacts of air pollution on habitats Medium Scale Project

Water Projects

Lead OrganisationPrincipal InvestigatorProject Title Project Type 
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Kevin Fitzgibbon Innovation Water Technologies  Large Scale Project
Central Solutions Ltd Ken Stockil A Roadmap for a National Water Stewardship Plan for Ireland Desk Study
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Laurence Gill EcoMetrics - environmental supporting conditions for Groundwater Dependent Terrestrial Ecosystems Large Scale Project
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Laurence Gill De-sludging rates and mechanisms for domestic wastewater treatment system sludges in Ireland Desk Study
University College Cork (UCC) Marcel Jansen Impacts of Microplastics on the Irish Fresh Water Environment Medium Scale Project
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Paul Nolan High-Resolution Gridded Datasets of Hydro-Climate Indices for Ireland Desk Study
University College Cork (UCC) Gavin Burnell Novel Eco-sensitive Wastewater Treatment Recovering dairy Industry Effluent NuTrientS (NEWTRIENTS) Large Scale Project
University College Dublin (UCD) Michael Bruen DiffuseTools: Catchment Models and Management Tools for Diffuse Contaminants (Sediment, Phosphorus and Pesticides) Medium Scale Project
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Ian O'Connor Sources, Pathways and Environmental Fate of Microplastics Large Scale Project
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Kevin Fitzgibbon Identification and Mapping of Water-related Infrastructure in Ireland Desk Study
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Kevin Fitzgibbon Water Re-Use in the Context of the Circular Economy Desk Study

Sustainability Projects

Lead OrganisationPrincipal InvestigatorProject Title Project Type
University of Limerick (UL) Bernadette O'Regan Sustainable voluntary communities: supports for sustainable environmental, social and economic development Medium Scale Project
University of Birmingham Stuart Harrad Furthering understanding of emissions from landfilled waste containing POP-BFRs and PFOS (FUEL) Medium Scale Project
Maynooth University Ronan Foley Green and blue spaces and health: a health-led approach Desk Study
University of Limerick (UL) Maria Lichrou A Community Based Social Marketing Plan for Increased Participation in WEEE Reuse and Recyling (ColectWEEE) Desk Study
University College Dublin (UCD) Bruce Osborne Managing invasive alien plants in Ireland Medium Scale Project
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Vivienne Byers Beyond Neoliberalism; Values and Sustainable Consumption Behaviour Desk Study
University of Limerick (UL) Lisa O'Donoghue Algeopolymers Desk Study
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Jane Stout POLLIVAL: assessing market and non-market values of pollination services in Ireland Medium Scale Project
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Brendan Flynn EPIIC: Environmental Policy Integration - Innovation and Change Desk Study
University College Cork (UCC) Jerry Murphy The role of incentivisation in the development of biomethane production, using anaerobic digestion (AD) Desk Study

Green Enterprise Projects

Lead OrganisationPrincipal InvestigatorProject Title 
Community Reuse Network (CRN) Claire Downey Reuse Quality Mark Pilot Project
Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE) Melinda O'Brien Cashel, Towards Zero Waste
University of Limerick (UL) Colin Fitzpatrick A Green IT Strategy For the University of Limerick (ULGreenIT)
Irish Green Building Council Pat Barry National implementation of EN 15804,development of a National EPD Program and register
The Rediscovery Centre Tara Singleton Investigating methods for the expansion of paint reuse programmes in Ireland
Central Solutions Ltd Alice Morgan EPA Large Water Users CoP Phase 3
Art and Education Resource Store Ireland Ltd t/a ReCreate Dara Connolly All Heads Together
Macroom E Michelle Green NetMap
Carey Building Contractors Mark Kelly Exploring Cradle to Cradle Opportunities in the Irish Construction Sector
CyberColloids Ltd Marielle Brooks A New Look at Carrot Waste