EPA Research Awards 2019

This page lists the projects which were awarded from the EPA Research 2019 Calls, and additional awards made in 2019 which resulted from strategic partnerships at national and international level.

Results of the EPA Research 2019 Calls

The EPA Research 2019 Calls opened on 30th April 2019 and closed on 28th June 2019.  A total of 85 applications were received, resulting in 23 awards. The Green Enterprise 2019 Call opened on 30th April 2019 and closed on 27th June 2019. A total of 16 applications were received, resulting in 5 awards. A breakdown of the proposals received by Call Topic Reference for the Climate, Water and Sustainablity Calls can be accessed by following this link.

All applications for the 2019 EPA Research and Green Enterprise Calls were submitted using the EPA's Grant Management and Application Portal.

TOTALS: 101 28 €5,371,854
CallProposals ReceivedAwards MadeFunding Committed
Climate 2019 48 12 €2,276,396
Water 2019 7 3 €789,778
Sustainability 2019 30 8 €1,897,778
Green Enterprise 2019 16 5 €407,901

Other 2019 Research Awards

A further 38 additional awards were made in 2019, resulting from strategic partnerships at national and international level.

SchemeAwards MadeFunding Committed
2019 EPA 50:50 Cofunded Scholarships Scheme 6 €289,304
2018/2019 BioDiversa Joint Call 4 €458,366
2019 Climate JPI AXIS Joint Call 1 €225,000
2019 - EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Scheme 12 €768,000
2018 Water JPI Joint Call 4 €662,468
Phase 2 ESRI Research Programme 7 €612,000
2018 Climate Open Call (Reserve List) 2 €769,228
2018 Water Open Call (Reserve List) 2 €994,760
TOTALS: 38 €4,779,126

A list of all awards made in 2019 can be found below.

EPA Research Climate Projects

Lead OrganisationPrincipal Investigator Project Title Project Type Co-funded With
Teagasc Lilian O'Sullivan Farm-Carbon: Hedgerows and other non-forest woodland carbon Medium Scale  Project Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) 
University College Cork (UCC) Jean O'Dwyer Climate change in the Republic of Ireland: Societal health Impacts and Solutions Medium Scale  Project  n/a
Maynooth University (MU) Rowan Fealy SOil MOisture estimates from SATellite based Earth observations Medium Scale  Project  n/a
University College Cork (UCC) Marguerite Nyhan Connecting People to Climate Change Action: Longitudinal Analysis for Informing Participatory Frameworks in   the NDCA Desk Study  n/a
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Bidisha Ghosh Roadside Emissions in Dublin: Measurements And Projections Medium Scale  Project Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS)
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Liz Coleman Assessing potential for National Integrated Atmospheric Research Desk Study  n/a
University College Cork (UCC) Fiona Cawkwell Fire, Land and Atmospheric Remote sensing of Emissions Medium Scale  Project  n/a
Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) Maria Markiewicz-Keszycka Diversification of Dairy and Beef Production for Climate Smart Agriculture Desk Study  n/a
University College Cork (UCC) Martin Le Tissier Enhancing Integration of Disaster Risk and Climate Change Adaptation into Irish Emergency Planning Desk Study  n/a
Sustainability Works Ltd Karen Deignan Climate Change Adaptation: Risks and Opportunities for Irish Businesses Desk Study  n/a
University College Dublin (UCD) Mark Scott BE-Resilient: Built Environment Resilient Futures. Best practice in implementing climate adaptation Desk Study  n/a
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Paul Nolan High-Resolution Coupled Atmosphere-Ocean-Wave Regional Climate Projections for Ireland Medium Scale  Project Marine Institute (MI), Met Eireann & Office of Public Works (OPW)

EPA Research Water Projects

Lead OrganisationPrincipal Investigator Project Title Project Type Co-funded With
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Heather Lally Framework for characterising oligotrophic (3110 & 3160) lakes using practical methods and assessment tools Medium Scale  Project n\a
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Martin Gammell Biological Tools to Measure the Impact of Flow on Ecology in Irish Rivers Medium Scale  Project n\a
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Laurence Gill Percolation tests for site assessment for domestic wastewater treatment systems Desk Study n\a

EPA Research Sustainability Projects

Lead OrganisationPrincipal InvestigatorProject Title Project TypeCo-funded With
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) Ramesh Babu Padamati Sustainable, biodegradable, compostable and recyclable plastics for packaging and end-of- life-management

Large Scale Project

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
Queen's University Belfast (QUB) Wesley Flannery Sustainable and Holistic management of Irish Ports (SHIP) Medium Scale  Project Marine Institute (MI)
University College Dublin (UCD) Ainhoa Gonzalez Tiering of Environmental Assessment – The Influence of SEA on Project Level EIA Desk Study n\a
Clean Technology Centre (CTC) Colum Gibson Optimising behaviour change initiatives for food waste prevention in Ireland Medium Scale  Project n\a
Institute of Technology Tralee Jennifer Attard Efficient Food Desk Study n\a
University of Limerick (UL) Colin Fitzpatrick A model for setting targets for management of long-life products at their end of life Desk Study European Recycling Platform (ERP) & WEEE Ireland
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Mark Healy PESTicide MANagement for better water quality Large Scale  Project Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Claire Keary Radioactivity in the Irish Coastal Environment Medium Scale  Project n\a

Green Enterprise Projects

Lead OrganisationPrincipal InvestigatorProject Title Project TypeCo-funded With
Irish Manufacturing Research David McCormack SymbioBeer Green Enterprise n\a
Hexafly Laura Healy Development of a sustainable protein production system through insect-farming in Ireland Green Enterprise n\a
ZeroWaste.ie David Weitbrecht Rezero: Research & Implementation of deposit-return system Green Enterprise n\a
Roscommon Women's Network Nora Fahy Womens Environmental Community Activation Network Green Enterprise n\a
Polymer Alloy Technology Teo. Adrian Doyle Single Use Plastic Packaging Remoulded into Pallets Green Enterprise n\a

Other 2019 Research Awards

Lead OrganisationPrincipal InvestigatorProject TitleProject TypeCo-funded With
University College Dublin (UCD) Thomas Cummins

NEC Indicators for Air Pollution Effects on Terrestrial Ecosystems

Climate 2018 - Open Project 1 n/a
University College Cork (UCC) Barry O'Dwyer

Transboundary Adaptation Learning Exchange

Climate 2018 - Open Project 1 n/a
Central Solutions Ltd Ken Stockil Industrial Water 4.0 - A Framework for Catchment-based Digitally Integrated Industrial Water Stewardship Water 2018 - Open Project 1 n/a
University College Dublin (UCD) John Weatherill Proactive optical monitoring of catchment dissolved organic matter for drinking water source protection Water 2018 - Open Project 1 n/a
Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) Reeta Joshi Development of a Novel scavaenging & Sensing Device for Biological Contaminants in water 50:50 Co-funded Scholarship  Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)
University of Limerick (UL) Colin Fitzpatrick Repurposing of Batteries from End of Life Electric Vehicles 50:50 Co-funded Scholarship  University of Limerick (UL)
Dublin City University (DCU) Diarmuid Torney  Identifying barriers and opportunities to local government climate action in Ireland 50:50 Co-funded Scholarship  Dublin City University (DCU) 
Mary Immaculate College  Catherine Dalton Citizen Science Investigations – river environmental stewardship 50:50 Co-funded Scholarship  Mary Immaculate College
Maynooth University (MU)  Fiona Walsh Analysis of antimicrobial resistance in private water drinking supplies  50:50 Co-funded Scholarship  Maynooth University (MU) 
University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD)  Aonghus McNabola  Development of a roof-top clean air deflector system for the control of air pollution hot-spots  50:50 Co-funded Scholarship  University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) 
University of Limerick (UL) 

Beinean Conway

STEP³ - Sustainability in Technology Engineering for Products, People, Planet  EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC) 
University College Dublin (UCD) 

Orla Sherwood

Climate smart Ireland: identifying regulators of aerenchyma, the 'snorkel' tissue for survival of waterlogged crops  EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC) 
Maynooth University (MU) 

Shirley Howe

Of land and ocean: Culture and climate on Ireland’s Islands  EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC) 
University College Cork (UCC) 

Haylay Furnall

Composition and Sources of Secondary Organic Aerosols  EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC) 
Maynooth University (MU) 

Christopher Phillips

When places change: Impacts of environmental change on coastal communities health, wellbeing and adaptive capacity  EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC)
Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)

Emma Markey

Investigation into the sampling, modelling and chemical interactions of pollen via novel methodologies  EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC) 
University College Dublin (UCD) 

Caroline Dowling

Towards establishing hemp as a sustainable crop for Irish agriculture  EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC) 
Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Jamie Rohu

Sustainable bogs: Challenges in transition  EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC) 
University College Dublin (UCD)

Sanghamitra Chattopadhyay Mukherjee

Economics of Renewable Energy: Modelling the uptake of low-carbon energy technology in the residential sector  EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC) 
University College Cork (UCC) 

Rhoda Jennings

The role of science in environmental policy and law-making: A critical legal analysis  EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC) 
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) 

Betty May Viliamayor

Maximizing the utilization of seagrasses as a bioindicator of eutrophication pressures in Ireland  EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC) 
University College Dublin (UCD) 

Favour Okosun

Vibration Energy Harvesting for Health Monitoring of Water Pipelines  EPA-Irish Research Council Scholarship Irish Research Council (IRC) 
University College Dublin (UCD)  Dara Stanley  Relationships between functional diversity and food production and quality under ecological intensification  BioDiversa 2018/2019 Joint Call European Commission (EC)
Maynooth University (MU)  Fiona Walsh  Biodiversity as an ecological barrier for the spread of clinically relevant antibiotic resistance in the environment  BioDiversa 2018/2019 Joint Call European Commission (EC)
Institute of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee) Peter Stuart Managing biodiversity in forests and urban green spaces : Dilution and amplification effects on rodent microbiomes and rodent-borne diseases BioDiversa 2018/2019 Joint Call European Commission (EC)
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Deirdre Brophy From the Microbiome to the Ecosystem: Unraveling the Effects of Marine Protected Areas on EcosystemServices BioDiversa 2018/2019 Joint Call European Commission (EC)
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) Mark Healy Water Management for Sustainable Use and Protection of Peatlands WaterWorks 2017 / Joint Call 2018 European Commission (EC)
Vesi Environmental Ltd Aila Carty Research based Assessment of Integrated approaches to Nature based Solutions WaterWorks 2017 / Joint Call 2018 European Commission (EC)
University College Dublin (UCD) Florence Renou-Wilson Reducing the Effects of Forest Management to Inland Waters WaterWorks 2017 / Joint Call 2018 European Commission (EC)
Dublin City University (DCU) Robert Forster Sense and Purify: Detect, Destroy and Remove Water Contaminants WaterWorks 2017 / Joint Call 2018 European Commission (EC)
Maynooth University (MU) Conor Murphy CROSSDRO -Cross-sectoral impact assessment of droughts in complex European basins Climate JPI - AXIS European Commission (EC)
Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI) Sean Lyons Phase 2 ESRI Research Programme (7 awards in total) Phase 2 ESRI Research Programme ESRI