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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Research Report 428: Percolation Testing of Soils for On-site Wastewater Treatment

A new site assessment for low permeability soils

All FAQ's

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

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Popular FAQ's

  • Can researchers from outside Ireland apply?

    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

  • Can project partners be added to Green Enterprise proposals?

    The financial rules of the Green Enterprise Programme do not allow partner organisations to participate. However, where an applicant requires expertise not available within their own organisation, they can use the resources of an external provider by way of external assistance. Any external assistance arrangement must be mindful of public procurement obligations.

  • Can I submit or participate in a proposal for a call topic which my organisation is co-funding?

    No. Researchers may not apply for or participate in projects which are to be co-funded by their organisation, even if their organisation would not be in receipt of funding.

  • Can a Lead Applicant be the lead on more than one live project?


  • Why are Green Enterprise grant awards subject to De Minimis State Aid rules

    The Green Enterprise Programme provides funding of up to €100,000 to undertakings through state resources which provides an advantage to those undertakings and has the potential to distort competition. The scheme does not fall within the scope of the Global Block Exemption Regulation. Therefore the scheme is administered under De Minimis.

Latest News and Press Releases

in: Communicating Research EPA Funding
€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.

€10.5 million funding for research to support the development and implementation of environmental policies in Ireland

Date released: May 19, 2021

The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help address climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems.

Using green and blue spaces will benefit both your physical and mental health

Date released: October 08, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) will launch the key findings from jointly-funded research projects on the benefits of green and blue spaces to health and wellbeing at a joint Webinar today.