Sustainability Call 2018

The EPA Research Programme has a strong focus on policy and is driven by national policy and strategy, European Directives and International Policy commitments, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The EPA recognises the importance of Ireland’s role and the role of research in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals to protect the planet from degradation, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.

The EPA Research Programme has allocated funding of approximately €3.8m for new commitments as a result of this 2018 Sustainability research call.

Click here to view the Sustainability Call 2018 Documents

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for additional information.  Any queries related to the call not covered by our FAQs must be emailed to

The EPA Sustainability Pillar is structured into four thematic areas of research as follows:

  • Resource Efficiency
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services including soils and biodiversity
  • Socio-Economic Aspects of a Sustainable Environment

Research conducted under the umbrella of the Sustainability Pillar is cross-cutting with complementarity and links across the four themes listed. These links also extend to the Water and Climate pillars.

Multi- and inter-disciplinary research is required on these themes, with expected social, economic, technological, environmental and policy impacts.