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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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

EPA Research Report 387: Framework for Achieving the Environmental Sustainable Development Goals

‘A cog in the wheel’: An important Index for assessing Ireland’s SDGs progress

All FAQ's

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

View the full list of FAQ's on a variety of topics!

Popular FAQ's

  • Can a 4-year PhD student participate as part of a 3-year project?

    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.

  • Are all activities listed in the Project Scope for each Call Topic expected to be addressed?

    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.

  • Where can I find more information on budget and financial eligibility rules?

    Full details are provided in the 2021 Guidelines and Terms & Conditions.

  • What is the deadline for technical queries?

    For the EPA Research 2021 Call, the deadline for technical queries is 5.00pm Irish Standard Time on the 7th July 2021.

  • What if my query is not listed as an FAQ?

    All queries which are not covered in the Call Documents or the User Guides should be directed to