The EPA's role

The EPA is at the front line of environmental protection and policing. As part of its wide range of functions the EPA manages an environmental research programme that delivers 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. EPA Research focuses on achieving environmental objectives, informing policy and bringing together researchers and research users. The EPA is responsible for coordinating environmental research in Ireland.

The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.

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EPA Research

Putting Science and Innovation at the centre of environmental protection in Ireland through the development and proactive transfer of knowledge.


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EPA Research 2030

EPA Research 2030 is a ten-year high-level framework for the EPA's research programming (2021-2030), designed to be agile, responsive and flexible.

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EPA-funded research

Learn more about EPA-funded research and its outputs

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Communicating EPA-funded research

EPA-funded research is communicated to a wide range of audiences

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International collaboration and funding

Learn more about international research collaboration and transnational research funding opportunities

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Lastest research report

Research 432: Valorisation Alternatives to Landfill for Organic Residues

From waste to wealth: Valorising waste from landfill to value-added resources

All FAQ's

The FAQ's list here provides an answer to popular questions we are asked.

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Popular FAQ's

  • For a small company, such as a start-up, who is the appropriate person to authorise submission of an application?

    For a small company this would normally be the Managing Director or equivalent.

  • Can salary costs or buy-out hours be requested for permanent staff?


  • Can I apply for more than one project?

    Yes, you may submit more than one proposal but you may only submit one application for any one Call Topic Identifier, as stated in the Technical Description Document. Please note that if you submit multiple applications, they must be distinct in terms of the content of the application and you must have the capacity to deliver should multiple projects be successful.


  • Does an application require engagement from TTO?

    No. Given the focus of EPA Research on providing evidence relevant to the development and implementation of environmental policy, this is not usually necessary. However, if your application includes information where management of intellectual property rights may be relevant or important, you may wish to engage with your TTO. You should also review the EPA’s intellectual property and open access policies, as detailed in the EPA Research Guidelines and Terms & Conditions document.


  • How many projects will be funded under each of the Themes in the EPA Research Call 2023?

    It is envisaged that 3 projects will be funded under each of the Themes (i.e., a total of 15 projects), subject to the outcome of the review process and available budget. The EPA may elect to fund additional proposals deemed fundable if sufficient budget is available.

Latest News and Press Releases

in: Communicating Research EPA Funding
EPA announces increased funding of €16m for new research to address climate and environmental challenges

Date released: April 20, 2023

Environmental and climate research in Ireland today received a boost with the announcement by the EPA of up to €16 million in funding for new research projects, representing a significant increase over previous years.

EPA awards €10.7 million for research to support environmental protection in Ireland

Date released: January 27, 2023

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today announced €10.7 million of research funding for 42 research projects addressing climate change and other emerging, complex environmental problems.

€11.7 million funding for research to support the development and implementation of environmental policies in Ireland

Date released: April 14, 2022

The EPA is inviting proposals from the research community to help address climate change and other emerging, complex environmental problems. €11.7 million is available for new research projects.