EPA Research Awards 2018

This page lists the projects which were awarded from the EPA Research 2018 Calls, and additional awards made in 2018 which resulted from strategic partnerships at national and international level.

Results of the EPA Research 2018 Calls

The EPA Research 2018 Calls opened on 23rd April 2018 and closed on 27th June 2018.  A total of 157 applications were received, resulting in 49 awards. The Green Enterprise 2018 Call opened on 14th June 2018 and closed on 26th July 2018. A total of 14 applications were received, resulting in 3 awards.

A breakdown of the total proposals received by Call Topic Reference for the Climate, Water and Sustainability Calls, can be accessed by following this link.

All applications for the 2018 EPA Research and Green Enterprise Calls were submitted using the EPA's Grant Managaement and Application Portal.

TOTALS: 171 52 €12,182,334
CallProposals ReceivedAwards MadeFunding Committed
Climate 2018 52 18 €3,638,443
Water 2018 40 14 €4,306,401
Sustainability 2018 65 17 €3,994,799
Green Enterprise 2018 14 3 €242,691

Other 2018 Research Awards

A further 21 additional awards were made in 2018, resulting from strategic partnerships at national and international level.

SchemeAwards MadeFunding Committed
2017 CONCERT Joint Call 2 €104,375
2017/18 BiodivERsA Joint Call (co-funded with the Marine Institute) 1 €299,995
50:50 Co-funding Scholarships Initiative 4 €180,500
Co-funding to DAFM 2017 Call 1 €200,000
Co-funding to Geological Survey of Ireland (ERA-Min 2 2017 Joint Call) 3 €150,000
DIT Fiosraigh Scholarship Programme 2017 1 €45,000
EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarships Scheme 2017/18 6 €456,000
EPA-Fulbright Partnership 2017/18 3 €34,500
TOTALS: 21 €1,470,370

A list of all awards made in 2018 can be found below.

EPA Research Climate Projects

Lead OrganisationPrincipal Investigator Project Title Project Type Co-funded With
University College Cork (UCC) John Eakins Residential Solid Fuel Use in Ireland and the Transition Away from Solid Fuels Medium Scale Project  Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) David O’Connor Fungal mOnitoring NeTwork ANd Algorithm (FONTANA)  Medium Scale Project  n/a
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Eoin McGillicuddy Emissions From and Fuel consumption associated with Off Road vehicles and other machinery Desk Study  n/a
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Bidisha Ghosh Eco-driving: Trends & Potential Impacts for Irish Heavy Duty Vehicles Desk Study  Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) David Styles Scenarios Quantifying Land Use & Emissions Transitions towards Equilibrium with Removals Medium Scale Project  Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Matthew Saunders Smart observations of management impacts on peatland function. Large Scale Project  n/a
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) Colin O’Dowd Improvements in inverse modelling of Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions Medium Scale Project  n/a
Dublin City University (DCU) Diarmuid Torney Deepening public engagement on Climate Change: Lessons from the Citizens' Assembly Desk Study  n/a
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Brenda McNally Citizen's Views on Climate Action: evaluating and implementing public engagement research on low carbon transition Desk Study  n/a
Dublin City University (DCU) Barry McMullin Society-wide Scenarios for Effective Climate Change Mitigation  Desk Study  n/a
Maynooth University Conor Murphy HydroPredict - Ensemble Riverflow Scenarios for Climate Change Adaptation Medium Scale Project  n/a
University College Cork (UCC) Paul Leahy Multifactorial causes of fodder crises in Ireland and risks due to climate change Medium Scale Project  n/a
University College Cork (UCC) Astrid Wingler Impact of Climate Change on Phenology in Ireland Medium Scale Project  n/a
University College Dublin (UCD) Jonathan Yearsley The phenology of perennial ryegrass and its potential contribution to grassland carbon sequestration Medium Scale Project  n/a
University College Cork (UCC) Jeremy Gault Policy Coherence in Adaptation Studies: Selecting and Using Indicators of Climate Resilience  Desk Study  n/a
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) Paul Nolan Ireland's Contribution to CMIP6 and High-Res Regional Climate Projections for Ireland  Medium Scale Project  Marine Institute & Met Eireann
Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions Ltd. Julie Clarke Methodologies for Financing and Costing of Climate Impacts and Future Adaptation Actions Desk Study  n/a
University College Cork (UCC) Martin Le Tissier Achieving Resilience in the Marine and Coastal Environment of Ireland Medium Scale Project  n/a

EPA Research Water Projects

Lead OrganisationPrincipal InvestigatorProject Title Project Type Co-funded With
University College Cork (UCC) Jean O'Dwyer Detection of Environmental Sources of Infectious diseases in Groundwater Networks Desk Study  n/a 
Dublin City University (DCU) Jenny Lawler Effect Based Monitoring for Pharmaceutical Pollution in Ireland Medium Scale Project  n/a 
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Paul Hynds SpatioTemporal Epidemiology of Primary Waterborne Infections -  cryptoSporidium and vtEc (STEPWISE) Medium Scale Project  n/a 
University College Dublin (UCD) Mary Kelly-Quinn ESDecide: from Ecosystem Services Framework to Application for Integrated Freshwater Resources Management Medium Scale Project  n/a 
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) Kathryn Schoenrock The Diversity and Resilience of kelp ecosystems in Ireland Medium Scale Project  n/a 
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) Vincent O'Flaherty An Integrated System to Mitigate Environmental Impact from Disposal of Difficult Ammoniacal Wastes and Residues  Medium Scale Project  n/a 
University of Limerick (UL) Ronan Courtney Use of constructed wetlands for treating mine waste leachates - predicting longevity and management implications Desk Study  n/a 
University College Dublin (UCD) Florence Renou-Wilson Strategies to improve Water quality from Managed Peatlands Large Scale Project  n/a 
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) Liam Morrison MACROalgal blooms in transitional and coastal waters; MANagement - pressures, policy and solutions (MACRO-MAN) Medium Scale Project  n/a 
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) Aaron Golden GRACE Monitoring of Groundwater over Ireland Desk Study Geological Survey Ireland (GSI)
Teagasc Sara Vero Roadway Runoff and Nutrient-loss Reduction Medium Scale Project  Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) 
Aquafact International Services Ltd. Brendan O'Connor Coastal Lagoons: Ecology And Restoration Medium Scale Project  National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) Peter Croot Physico-chemical Cycling of Nutrients and Carbon in Marine Transitional Zones Large Scale Project  Marine Institute
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Mary Bourke a Strategic LOok at natural WAter reTention mEasuReS (SLOWATERS) Large Scale Project  Office of Public Works (OPW)

EPA Research Sustainability Projects

Lead OrganisationPrincipal InvestigatorProject Title Project TypeCo-funded With
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) Dearbhaile Morris PIER: Public health Impact of Exposure to antibiotic Resistance in coastal waters Large Scale Project  n/a
University College Dublin (UCD) Enda Cummins Cumulative health effects of Metal(loids) through Aggregate Environmental Pathways Desk Study  Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) 
Dublin City University (DCU) Sandra O'Neill The State of the Art on the Potential Human Health Impacts of Microplastics and Nanoplastics  Desk Study  n/a
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Jane Stout Irish Natural Capital Accounting for Sustainable Environments  Large Scale Project  n/a
Dublin City University (DCU) John Connolly Habitat mapping, assessment and monitoring with high resolution imagery Large Scale Project  n/a
University College Dublin (UCD) Craig Bullock Advancing packaging waste statistics and recycling  Medium Scale Project  n/a
University of Birmingham Stuart Harrad Screening of the Irish Waste Stream For Persistent Organic Chemicals Large Scale Project  n/a
Clean Technology Centre (CTC) Colum Gibson Qualifying and Quantifying the Reuse Sector in Ireland Medium Scale Project  n/a
University College Cork (UCC) Richen Lin Production of Advanced Gaseous Biomethane transport fuel in an integrated circular bioenergy system (AGB) Medium Scale Project  n/a
Dublin City University (DCU) Brian Kelleher Valorisation Alternatives to Landfill for Organic Residues.    Medium Scale Project  Southern Waste Region (SWR)
University of Limerick (UL) Colin Fitzpatrick An Assessment of used EEE exports from Ireland Desk Study  European Recycling Platform Ireland (ERP) & WEE Ireland
The Composting Association of Ireland  Percy Foster To develop a national End-of-Waste Standards for Quality Compost and Digestate Desk Study  n/a
Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE) Abigail O'Callaghan Platt Plastics use in Irish homes  Desk Study  n/a
Dublin City University (DCU) Trish Morgan Sensing our world: How digital cultural practices can contribute to changing social norms around consumption Desk Study  n/a
University College Cork (UCC) Martin Le Tissier Identifying Interactions for SDGs Implementation in Ireland Medium Scale Project  n/a
University College Dublin (UCD) Gerald Mills Greening the city Medium Scale Project  n/a
University College Cork (UCC) Stephen Onakuse Sustainable Production and Consumption: The Influence of Social Norms Medium Scale Project  n/a

Green Enterprise Projects

Lead OrganisationPrincipal InvestigatorProject Title Project TypeCo-funded With
Carey Building Contractors Mark Kelly The development of a Resource Management and Materials Circularity Protocol for the Irish Construction Sector Green Enterprise n/a
Sea Synergy Lucy Hunt Marine Plastic Waste - Closing the Loop (MARplas) Green Enterprise n/a
Irish Manufacturing Research David McCormack PROducing a composite from plastic BOTtles. Green Enterprise n/a

Other 2018 Research Awards

Lead OrganisationPrincipal InvestigatorProject TitleProject TypeCo-funded With
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Denise O’Meara Development of an environmental (eDNA) approach for the surveillance of mosquito species from water samples  50:50 Co-funded Scholarship  Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)
Maynooth University Fiona Walsh Survival of mobile antibiotic resistance in water 50:50 Co-funded Scholarship  Maynooth University
Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) Neil Rowan Developing effective non-thermal interventionS to Address Very complEx diseases in factory farmed Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris audux) that promotes Bee health and wellbeing with positive impact on sustainable management of Ireland’s ecosystem and biodiversity services 50:50 Co-funded Scholarship  Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT)
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Marcus Collier Incorporating urban nature-based solutions into governance, policy and planning in Ireland 50:50 Co-funded Scholarship  University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD)
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) Dr Dara Stanley Brilliant Bees: The importance of managed and wild pollinators to Irish natural capital EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC)
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) Dr Dara Stanley Informing monitoring and conservation of pollinator natural capital in species-rich grasslands EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC)
University College Dublin (UCD) Dr Tasman Crowe Maximising macroalgal diversity and ecosystem function on coastal infrastructure - an eco-engineering approach EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC)
Dublin City University (DCU) Professor Patrick Brereton Stories for Sustainability in the Semi-peripheries of the World System: Online Audio-visual Media Influence on Young People's Attitudes in Ireland and Uruguay EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC)
University College Cork (UCC) Dr Timothy Sullivan Macroinvertebrates as a novel biomonitor for nanoparticles in freshwater systems EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC)
University College Dublin (UCD) Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn Climate change impacts on the water quality and functioning of Irish rivers in a multi-stressor environment EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Roisin Hyde Manufacture of a thin, lightweight, low impact, prototype precast geopolymer sandwich panel for retrofit cladding Fulbright Scholarship Fulbright Commission of Ireland
Quinnipiac University Mary Corcoran Nurture nature: Assessing the role of civil-society as a change-agent in promoting environmental-awareness & sustainability through urban agriculture Fulbright Fellowship Fulbright Commission of Ireland
Columbia University Paul Bolger Borderlands: From collaboration to transdisciplinarity enabling better sustainability research outcomes Fulbright Fellowship Fulbright Commission of Ireland
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Alan Gilmer Ammonia cycling and emerging particulate matter pollutants under arable land-use management: A modelling approach Fiosraigh Scholarship Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
University College Dublin (UCD) Tasman Crowe Land2Sea: integrated modelling of terrestrially derived and climatic impacts on freshwater and marine ecosystems Large Scale Project Marine Institute & European Commission (EC)
St. James's Hospital Una O'Connor Personal Online DosImetry Using computational Methods Medium Scale Project European Commission (EC)
University Hospital Limerick Aoife Gallagher Validation and Estimation of Radiation skIn Dose in Interventional Cardiology Medium Scale Project European Commission (EC)
University of Limerick (UL) Tony Pembroke Innovative biotechnological methods for effective mining of secondary material Medium Scale Project Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) & European Commission (EC)
University College Cork (UCC) Maria de Souza Gallagher Recovery of Raw Materials from end of life products Medium Scale Project Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) & European Commission (EC)
Composite Recycling Ltd. Frank Riedewald RecEOL (Recyclying of End of Life Produdts (PCB,ASR,LCD)) Medium Scale Project Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) & European Commission (EC)
Teagasc Gary Lanigan Evaluating Land-Use and Land Management Impacts on Soil organic Carbon in Irish Agricultural Systems Large Scale Project Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)