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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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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EPA Research Report 424: ESDecide: From Ecosystem Services Framework to Application for Integrated Freshwater Resources Management

Integrating ecosystems services into Water Resources Management

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

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Popular FAQ's

  • 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.

  • Can I apply for funding if I am Post Doc Researcher on a temporary contract?

    To be eligible to apply you would need to have a contract of employment with the Host Organisation at the time of application. If the application is successful and selected for funding you would then need to have a contract of employment in place with the same Host Organisation for the duration of the Research Project. Please note that all applications for EPA funding have to be approved by the research office of the Host Institution.

  • Is this call expecting the creation of new methods and tools or the adaption/prioritisation of existing tools?

      No - we need this project to assess what is done elsewhere and to propose options for Ireland to consider. In Ireland, we have some tools recently developed to identify water bodies with hydromorphological deviation from unimpacted. In other jurisdictions regulations have been developed that consider the hydromorphological impact and build mitigation into the regulatory controls e.g. to mitigate the impact of an impoundment.

    1. Is it mandatory for all four water body settings to be included under this project and does the call expect the prioritisation of inland water bodies

      Yes, all must be considered. Hydromorphology is a supporting element for all surface waters. Ultimately, very few coastal waters are impacted by hydromorphology, but even transitional waters are impacted e.g. by flood defences alongside the more obvious rivers and lakes.

    2. Is the call seeking linkages of hydromorphological methods/tools and regulations across these the four water body types?

      There is no regulation relating to hydromorphology in Ireland. This project is to provide supporting information, and to identify practice elsewhere in relation to hydromorphology regulations and how they are used e.g. in planning development, through regulation of abstractions, drainage, flood defence etc.

    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.