EPA Research 2023 awards

This page provides information about the EPA Research 2023 awards including:

Total EPA Research funding in 2023:

In total, €18.9 million was committed to new research projects in 2023:

Funding Scheme Number of awards Total Grant Aid Committed

EPA Research Call 20231



EPA Research Call 20232



Other Funding Opportunities




EPA Research Call 20223



EPA Research Call 2023 (Waters of Life Project)



2023 - EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Scheme



2023 Fulbright-EPA Awards



2023 EPA-Science Foundation Ireland/Irish Research Council Pathway Scheme



2023 EPA-Science Foundation Ireland Public Service Fellowship



DAFM 2023 strategic partnership



2023 EPA Collaborative Awards (Biodiversa+ Partnership)4



2023 EPA Collaborative Awards (Water4All Partnership)






Event Support 20233



1 includes co-funding contributions from Met Éireann and Geological Survey Ireland

2 One award made under the Research Call 2023 was not issued until 2024, so is not included in the 2023 total

3 includes awards from 2022 schemes that were not issued until 2023

4 includes co-funding from National Parks and Wildlife Services, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and the Marine Institute

Funding opportunities 2024: It is expected that the 2024 EPA Research Call will include open topics and will be launched in April 2024. Other EPA funding opportunities this year include EPA Fast-Track to Policy Funding; Fulbright-EPA Scholarships and Fellowships; the Irish Research Council-EPA Postgraduate Scheme; as well as opportunities supported through EPA’s participation in European Partnerships. Details are available on our Research Funding webpage.

List of Awards made under the EPA Research Call 2023

* Indicates co-funding provided by Met Éireann and ** co-funding by Geological Survey of Ireland.

Addressing Climate Change Evidence Needs
Lead Applicant Lead Organisation Project Title Grant aid Committed

Edmond Byrne

University College Cork (UCC)

Deep Societal Innovation for Sustainability and Human Flourishing


Louise McHugh

University College Dublin (UCD)

'Sow what?': Connecting Farmers and Policy Makers on Climate Change


Patrick Bresnihan

Maynooth University (MU)

A Just Transition for Housing


Cara Augustenborg

University College Dublin (UCD)

Using worldviews to inspire and scale climate action


Niall Dunphy

University College Cork (UCC)

JustCities Hub


Aaron Lim

University College Cork (UCC)

Digital Environmental Technology for Enhanced Coastal Zone Management (DETECT)


Margaret Jackson

University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD)

Abrupt Climate Change in Terrestrial Ireland: re-assessing the proxy record through glacial geomorphology


Pete Akers

University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD)

Isotopic Tracing of Atmospheric Rivers and Irish Storm Extremes


Myra Lydon

University of Galway

Towards a Climate Resilient Adapted National Network of Bridges


Paul Holloway

University College Cork (UCC)

TALX2: Place-Based Climate Action Partnerships


Patrick Morrissey

University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD)

Evaluating the vulnerability of aquifer recharge to changing climate across Ireland


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Delivering a Healthy Environment

Lead Applicant Lead Organisation Project Title Grant Aid Committed

George Amarandei

Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)

BLUe light phototoxicity: exploRing the effects on human heAlth and biodiversitY in Ireland


William Smith

University College Dublin (UCD)

Solid-fuel emissions to air in Ireland


Monenna FitzGerald

Ryan Hanley Consulting Engineers

Comparative Assessment of source protection to improve water quality and drinking water treatment.

€  98,680

Claire Keary

South East Technological University (SETU)

Gamma Radiation Dose Evaluation


Linda Fox-Rogers

University College Dublin (UCD)

Remediation of Faulty Septic Tanks: A Mixed Methods Approach to Environmental Risk Communication


Jurgita Ovadnevaite

University of Galway

Sources of PM2.5 in the Air of Irish Towns


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Facilitating a Green and Circular Economy

Lead Applicant

Lead Organisation

Project Title

Grand Aid Committed

Colin Fitzpatrick

University of Limerick (UL)

A Data Driven Circular Economy National Platform


Jack McCarthy

The Rediscovery Centre

Barriers and enablers to transition to Ireland’s transition to the circular economy


Edgar Galvan-Lopez

Maynooth University (MU)

The CirculaR Economy Buildings as Material Banks


Paul Liston

University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD)

BAtteries: barriers and enablerS To IreLand's circuLar Economy


Ken Stockil

Central Solutions Ltd

Enhancing the Circular Economy for Tourism


Archishman Bose

University College Cork (UCC)

Mapping the Role of End-of-Life Tyres for a Sustainable Circular Economy in Ireland


Mark Foley

University of Galway

NORM-BMI: Investigation of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) in building materials in Ireland.


Helena McMahon

Munster Technological University (MTU)

The Roadmap towards enabling regulatory environment for agri-food  waste streams In Innovative bio-based value chains.


Ellie Walshe


Evaluating the impacts of national end-of-waste and by-product decisions for construction-based materials.

€  97,480

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Protecting and Restoring Our Natural Environment
Lead Applicant Lead Organisation Project Title Grant Aid Committed

Noreen Byrne

University College Cork (UCC)

Dairy Sustainability Through Regenerative Experimentation and Mindsets


Robin Stubbs

South East Technological University (SETU)

Cúpla-Trá: Combining digital twin technology with landscape biography for environmental analysis of a coastal region


Paul Brooks

University College Dublin (UCD)

Enhancing Blue Carbon and Ecological Services through Nature-Based Solutions: Integrated Restoration in Irish Coastal Waters


Patrick Morrissey

University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD)

Evaluating the benefits of agri-environmental schemes incorporating nature-based solutions for water quality & ecology


Thomas van Rensburg

University of Galway

Framework for Optimising Resources through Strategic Environmental Assessment


Tracy Bradfield

University College Cork (UCC)

The Development of Land Use Indicators for the Protection of Our Natural Environment


Michelle Marie McKeown

University College Cork (UCC)

Carbon and catchments - Understanding the Impacts and Sources of Carbon Export from land to water


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