Communicating research

Communication and dissemination activities arising from EPA-funded research are strongly encouraged and monitored throughout the lifetime of funded projects. EPA-funded research is communicated to a wide range of audiences, while ensuring that the underpinning science is not compromised. Significant societal and behavioural change is required to respond to climate change and to environmental threats and opportunities.

EPA Research awards

The EPA Research Awards acknowledge and celebrate the work carried out by EPA-funded research teams.  Submissions can be made under three categories:

EPA Research Awards 2021 Categories
Research video of the year
Research photograph of the year
Research project infographic of the year

The winners of the EPA Research Awards will be promoted through our website and social media channels.

Timeframe

The indicative timeframe is as follows:

DateDeadline Type
Monday 29th November 2021 at 11:00 GMT Research Awards launch
Monday 17th January 2022 at 17:00 GMT Submission deadline
February 2022 Winners announced

How to make a submission

Entries must be submitted via email/file share to research@epa.ie no later than Monday 17th January 2022 17:00 GMT. Please include “EPA Research Awards” in the subject line and state which category the submission is for.

All queries in relation to the EPA Research Awards should be sent to research@epa.ie

Video submissions

Video entries should explain how your research/findings link to the policy context, or how the research will inform environmental policy.

In your email, please include:

  1. Video Title
  2. Name and affiliation of speaker(s)
  3. Word document with transcript of the video
  4. EPA Project code
Note:
  • Video entries should be no longer than 3 mins.
  • Video entries should be submitted in MP4 file format.
  • The winning video will be edited by the EPA to add the EPA Research & Government of Ireland logos, subtitles and speaker’s name and affiliation.

Photograph submissions

Photograph entries should illustrate the environmental challenge you are trying to address through your EPA-funded research.

In your email, please include:

  1. Image title
  2. Credit line for image
  3. Short description of image (150 words max)
  4. EPA Project code
  5. Three keywords to describe the image (limited to one word each)
Note:
  • Photograph entries should be no smaller than 1MB and no larger than 5MB.
  • Photograph entries should be submitted in JPEG file format.

Infographic submissions

Infographic entries should represent how the knowledge generated through your EPA-funded research could be best utilised through interaction with key stakeholders.

In your email, please include:

  1. Infographic title
  2. Credit line for infographic
  3. EPA Project code
Note:
  • Infographic entries maximum file size is 4MBs.
  • Infographic entries should be submitted in PDF file format.
  • Please ensure infographic entries include the requirements outlined in the EPA Research Project Communication Guide.

Terms and Conditions

  • The EPA Research Awards are open to all EPA-funded Research projects (ongoing/complete).
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the entry is submitted before the submission deadline.
  • Only one entry per project is permitted in each category but a project may enter as many categories as it likes.
  • You must be the sole owner and author of the entry or you must have permission to use the video/photograph/infographic for the purpose of the awards.
  • Video/photograph/infographic must not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libellous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content.
  • Entry must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity or violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity.
  • All entrants understand that any video/photograph/infographic submitted to the competition may be used by the EPA for marketing and promotional purposes. You hereby grant the EPA irrevocable licence in each entry for any use connected to promotion.
  • By entering the competition, the entrant agrees to grant permission to the EPA to use and reproduce their work, with appropriate acknowledgement.
  • There are no cash alternatives available for prize winners.
  • The judging panel’s decision is final.
  • The EPA reserves the right to disqualify an entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the Terms and Conditions have been compromised.
  • The EPA reserves the right to cancel or amend the Competition and these terms and conditions without notice.
  • The EPA is the data controller in relation to all personal data submitted as part of an entry to the Competition. Personal data will be processed by the EPA in accordance with the EPA Privacy Policy

 

Communication guidelines for EPA-funded projects

The EPA Research Programme has published a number of guidelines and tools to assist with the preparation and on-going evaluation of project communications. The guidelines will also assist in focussing on the key messages of the project, and in improving communication between policy makers, scientists and other stakeholders. The documents can be accessed via the following links: