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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The FAQ's list here provides an answer to popular questions we are asked.
A core principle of the funding provided under the EPA Research Programme is that it promotes the development of research capacity on the island of Ireland. Therefore, applications for funding will only be considered where the lead applicant organisation is located on the island of Ireland.
Whilst co-applicant organisations located in other jurisdictions may participate in projects funded by the EPA Research Programme (as Co-applicants), they are restricted in terms of the categories of expenditure considered eligible for funding. Further details are provided in the EPA Research Programme 2021-2030 Guidelines and Terms & Conditions
Where in their control, the data and information referred to will be freely available from Bord an Mona and National Parks and Wildlife Service. Following project kick-off and at a time when the research group are ready to articulate their needs, the EPA will lead a technical scoping meeting involving the successful research group, NPWS and BnM regarding research site selection, data exchange needs, site access protocols, instrumentation available, etc. Through the life of the project the EPA will continue to collaborate with the key stakeholders and the successful Researcher in relation to ongoing aspects of data access. In cases where any instrumentation is associated with another wetlands research activity there will likely be a need for the two research groups to establish a data sharing, publication and acknowledgment agreement.
It is not expected that representatives from these peatland restoration projects are included in the research consortium. The EPA is looking for independent scientific investigations to demonstrate the effectiveness of the rehabilitation/restoration schemes.
This is possible, however it must be noted that funding related to the PhD will only be reimbursed in relation to the period that they are working on the project. For example, if the project is of 3 years duration and the PhD student is not recruited until the end of month three, funding will only be reimbursed for 2 years and nine months.
Innovative research proposals are invited to address the scope of the topics included in the call. Proposals should therefore cover/address (but are not limited to) all aspects as listed in the Topic Scope.
Full details are provided in the 2021 Guidelines and Terms & Conditions.