Event Support funding

EPA Research funding is available to support small workshops, seminars, and other events which showcase current Irish research.


EPA Research Event Support funding

About the grant

The EPA Research Programme will consider applications for the financial support of small workshops, seminars, and other events which showcase current Irish research by the organisers and EPA funded groups. Applications must meet the following criteria: 

  • The amount of funding per event will not exceed €3,000.
  • Funding is not provided for large-scale events, conferences, symposiums, festivals etc. 
  • Funding is only provided for events with a clear relevance to Irish environmental research priorities and on the condition that the events are run on a not-for-profit basis. 
  • The event should target other researchers working in the area and the expected end-users of the research (e.g. local authorities, EPA, government departments, industry, academia, etc).

The EPA also provides support through corporate sponsorship for events that are not focussed on Irish research. Details are available on the Corporate Sponsorship webpage.

Applications for EPA Research Event Support Funding 

Applications should be made online via the EPA’s Grant Management and Application Portal.

Funding is available as a rolling call with four submission deadlines each year (31st December; 31st March; 30th June; 30th September). 

Applications for events taking place within the first 28 days of a call period must be submitted prior to the closure of the penultimate call period (i.e. an application for an event taking place between 1st and 28th January must be submitted by the deadline of 30th September). 

A response shall be communicated to applicants within one month of the call deadline date.  

Requests for funding should be made using the appropriate application form using the following headings: 

  • Background and Work Programme (20 marks) 
  • Relevance to Environmental Research in Ireland (30 marks) 
  • Expected outputs and benefits (30 marks) 
  • Environmental Policy (20 marks)

Applications will be judged competitively against others received in the period using these criteria and regarding the need to balance funding across institutions and thematic areas. 


Successful applicants will be expected to provide the EPA with an ex-post report on the event, including photographs where relevant for publication on our website.

ESAI/EPA Grassroots Workshop Support Scheme

About the grant

The ESAI-EPA Grassroots Workshop Support scheme is open to postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers who are members of the ESAI and who are conducting research relevant to the EPA remit. 

The purpose of the ESAI Grassroots Workshop Support scheme is to assist early-stage researchers with the delivery of workshops that fall within the remit of the ESAI and EPA.

Workshops are essential for the dissemination of research, knowledge exchange, development and exposure of early career researchers and for establishing new collaborations.

They are a key networking tool, and an opportunity for early-stage researchers to increase their profile within a field of study.

The theme of the workshop must fit within the remits of the EPA and ESAI, who must be acknowledged in conference publicity materials.


Applications can be submitted at any time and are assessed six times per year, by a panel drawn from the ESAI Council. 

Visit the ESAI website to submit an application

Applications should include a one-page summary CV of the main applicant.

Applications will be assessed on the quality of the proposal, how the event fits with the remits of the ESAI and EPA, and on the expected outputs and benefits of the proposed workshop. 

The diversity of the audience will also be taken into consideration, and workshops organised jointly between more than one institution will be favoured. 

Payments will be made by ESAI following submission of invoices. 

Successful applicants will be expected to submit an article to the ESAI e-zine describing the event. 

Please send a completed application and one-page CV by e-mail to Sinead Macken at least 3 months before the date of proposed workshop.

Click here for an application form.


The amount of the award for each event is €600 which is meant to be a contribution to the overall cost of the event.