EPA Research

“Using knowledge to protect and improve our natural environment and human health”

EPA funded environmental research provides 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. It has also developed high quality research capacity and supported innovation that is internationally respected.

The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. 


Funding Opportunities

Visit our EPA Funding page for information on open calls.

Have your Say on the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020 – Mid-Term Review

Indecon International Research Economists have been appointed to complete the mid-term review of the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. This review is important - it will help inform any adjustments to the current programme and contribute to the design of the next EPA Research Programme.

It is very important to obtain the views and inputs of individual researchers who:

The deadline for completing the surveys: 12th March 2019.

Each response to the survey will be anonymised treated in strict confidence in accordance with the EPA Privacy Policy and Indecon’s obligations under Data Protection Law.  Individual responses will be aggregated along with other responses received and will be used only for the purposes of this review.  Each individual reply will not be made available to the EPA or to any other third-party agency or organisation outside of Indecon. If anyone has any queries or wishes to discuss any of these issues, please contact Hugh Hennessy at Indecon.
Thank you for your co-operation and assistance with this review, which will play an important part in the successful future of the EPA Research Programme.


2014 - 2020 Research Strategy

In 2014, the 2014-2020 EPA Research Strategy was launched, which builds on existing strengths and experience across a very broad range of activities in support of environmental policy development and implementation. 

EPA Research is targeted to address the needs of key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders and also encourages the researcher community to engage with these stakeholders.

EPA Research is built around 3 pillars:

and aims to:

Identify pressures: Providing assessments of current environmental status and future trends to identify pressures on our environment 

Inform policy: Generating evidence, reviewing practices and building models to inform policy development and implementation

Develop solutions: Using novel technologies and methods that address environmental challenges and provide green economic opportunities 

The infographic below gives details of key figures for 2018.