EPA Funding

Open Calls and Topics

Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA Joint Call pre-announcement 

The Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA have announced the launch of their joint call on the theme of: Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services.  

Water Joint Programming Initiative Joint Call Pre-Announcement 

The Water JPI will launch its new Joint Call on the topic “Water resource management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals” on the 30 August 2017.

2017 Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine Research Call 

The EPA is cofunding two topics in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine Research calls which close on the 14th September 2017.

PhD Scholarships preannouncement

The Irish Research Council-EPA Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship programme 2018 will open on the 6th September 2017 and close on the 1st November 2017. The EPA, in partnership with the Irish Research Council will fund research under the pillars of climate, water and sustainability.

Our 2017 Research Call which opened on the 5th of May is now Closed

Awards will be made in November 2017.

Details of the call can be found on our Research Call 2017 webpage, or you can view the individual details under the following headings:

You can view all the EPA Research Call 2017 Documentation by following this link

About EPA Funding

The EPA’s current Research Programme 2014–2020 provides funding under three pillars -Sustainability, Climate and Water.

This is facilitated through the annual EPA Research Call, which is announced between April and June each year

  • Climate research is about informing actions on, and improving engagement with, the diverse challenges posed by climate change under four areas: (i) Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks; (ii) Ireland’s Future Climate, Its Impacts and Adaptation Options; (iii) Socio-economic and Technological Solutions; and (iv) Air Science. It also aims to identify and advance opportunities that arise from addressing these challenges.
  • Water research is about supporting relevant water policy and protecting our water environment, contributing to achieving excellent water quality in Ireland, and is organised under five areas: (i) Safe Water; (ii) Ecosystem Services and Sustainability; (iii) Innovative Water Technologies; (iv) Understanding, Managing and Conserving our Water Resources; and (v) Emerging and Cross-cutting Issues.
  • Sustainability research is about achieving a high quality of life in a resource-efficient Ireland, and is organised under four areas: (i) Resource Efficiency; (ii) Health and Wellbeing; (iii) Socio-economics; and (iv) Natural Capital and Ecosystems.

There are currently over 200 active research projects funded by the EPA. Information about these projects can be accessed through the EPA Research project database.

Projects funded by the EPA Research 2014 – 2020 programme are required to comply with “Green” or “Gold” open access standards.

Research projects are required to upload datasets and outputs onto the SAFER-Data Research Data Archive, where it is available for public viewing.

As well as providing funding under the pillars, we also provide funding for: