Research Call 2018 Frequently Asked Questions


Application

Can researchers from outside Ireland apply?

Yes. The research is open to researchers outside of Ireland.

However the research topics detailed in the call documentation identify environmental issues for Ireland and therefore proposals should address these.

Although not a requirement we encourage Irish partners to be involved as part of the project team.

Can we apply for more than one project?

Yes

If a Principal Investigator (PI) has been awarded a grant under a previous call can they submit an application under the new call?

Yes

Can a Principal Investigator (PI) be the lead on more than one live project?

Yes

Can a micro SME can lead a research team and submit a proposal in response to the EPA Research Calls?

Yes. The funding rate is 100% (see page 22 of guide for applicants) as per the EPA’s funding rules

Is it possible to have two Principal Investigators on one project?

It is possible to have two PIs on a project-based award. However, for the purposes of applying using our SmartSimple system only one person can complete the online application form and be listed as the PI.

Where can I find more information on the application requirements?

Full details are provided in the EPA Research Call 2018 - Guide for Applicants.


Funding & Budget

Can I apply for funding greater than the indicative budget specified in the Technical Description?

The EPA has provided an indicative budget for each of the topics included in its 2018 Call (apart from the Open Topics). While proposals submitted with a different budget will be considered for the evaluation process, it is important to note that proposals will be evaluated based on their value for money. Therefore, preference will be given to proposals which demonstrate the best value for money.  Applicants must clearly demonstrate the value for money of their proposal and that the amount/duration requested for the project will allow the proposed research question to be addressed appropriately.

Does the EPA Research Programme follow the same rules as Horizon 2020?

The EPA Research Programme runs according to the EPA ‘s Funding rules. There are similarities with Horizon 2020, but there are some differences, for example, it is not a requirement to submit research proposal carried out by transnational consortia. Please note that the EPA Research Programme runs on a not for profit basis.

Where can I find more information on budget and financial eligibility rules?

Full details are provided in the EPA Research Call 2018 - Guide for Applicants.


Project Type/Term

Can a project duration be greater than the number of months indicated in the Technical Description?

The EPA has provided an indicative project duration for each of the topics included in its 2018 Call (apart from the Open Topics). While proposals submitted with a different duration will be considered for the evaluation process, it is important to note that proposals will be evaluated based on their value for money. Therefore, preference will be given to proposals which demonstrate the best value for money. Applicants must clearly demonstrate the value for money of their proposal and that the amount/duration requested for the project will allow the proposed research question to be addressed appropriately.

Can a 4 year PhD student participate as part of a 3 year project?

This is possible, however it should be noted that funding related to the PhD will only be reimbursed in relation to the period that they are working on the specified project.

For example if the project is of 3 years duration and the PhD student is not recruited until the end of month three, funding will only be reimbursed for 2 years and nine months.

Can a project designated as a Desk Study or Medium Scale Study be undertaken as a Research Fellowship?

No


SmartSimple

I can't see my organisation on SmartSimple, what do I do?

If your organisation has made an application previously, it should appear when you start typing in the ‘Organisation Name’ box.

If not, clear your internet history and refresh your application, if the problem still persists try moving to a different browser.

If your organisation has not registered with us, please complete the Organisation registration Page on SmartSimple.

When registering please note that the email address given for the applicant and primary or secondary contact cannot be the same.

Is it possible to have the role of Applicant and Primary/Secondary contact using the same email address?

No – these roles conflict within the system. 

For Private Companies, NGO’s Charities etc it is normally the managing Director, CEO or Finance Officer who would be nominated as the Primary contact.

In the case of Third level Institutions it would be Research Administration Office staff.

For sole traders please provide alternate email addresses – one for your role as an Applicant and another for your role as Primary contact.

Is it possible to register as an applicant and have another person as the project leader of that application, or does it have to be the same person?

The person registering as the applicant is the project leader.

Where can I find guidance on using SmartSimple?

Other

What is the deadline for technical queries?

For the Climate, Water and Sustainability calls the deadline for technical queries is 5.00 pm on 18th June 2018.

What if my query is not listed as an FAQ

All queries relating to the Research Call 2018 should be directed to research@epa.ie 


2018 Open Topics FAQs

Clarification on the scope of the 2018 Open Topics

The EPA does not want to be prescriptive in providing feedback on the proposed scope of proposals considered for submission under the Open Topics. Therefore, no specific response will be provided on queries related to scope.
As per the Call Technical Description documents, it is critical that applicants clearly demonstrate the relevance of their proposed research to:

  • EPA Research Strategy 2014-2020; and
  • National environmental policy context; and
  • Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Applicants MUST clearly demonstrate how their proposed research will provide the evidence to support environmental policy in Ireland, in terms of identifying pressures, informing policy and developing solutions. It is strongly recommended that applicants familiarise themselves with and utilise the tools provided in the EPA Bridging the Gap Resource Kit:

Where appropriate, applicants are being encouraged to consider the use of Earth Observation (e.g. COPERNICUS) to address their selected research question.
All research proposals must build on findings and recommendations from past and ongoing research projects (where relevant), and should consider linkages and synergies with projects to be funded under the other topics included in this current call - clearly demonstrating that there will be no duplication.


2018 Sustainability Call FAQs

Sustainability 2018 Call - Project 13 - Clarification

Research proposed under Project 13 should be reproducible with due consideration of the ecological and classification processes.  Allied to this is the importance of the link between the technology and the ecological classification.


2018 Water Call FAQs

Water 2018 Call - Project 3 - Clarification

The scope of the topic relates to farm roads rather than roads to a farmhouse for cars. Farm roadways, in this context, are taken to mean impervious hard standing areas associated with farmyards, including trackways along which cattle travel from field to milking area and areas of hard standing where, for example, silage may be stored. It can also mean impervious hard standing areas associated with farmyards.

The Review Group from the 3rd Review of Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme recommended that:

“... a measure is introduced requiring the prevention of direct runoff from farm roadways on all farms to waters. This requirement would be introduced from 1 January 2021 allowing farmers the opportunity to modify roadways as deemed necessary to prevent runoff. There will be a range of potential options to prevent such direct runoff including cambering of the roadway directing water to one side, measures to reduce the speed of water flow and earth bunding along the road. DAFM will provide relevant guidance information for farmers through specifications and knowledge transfer. Training will also be provided for advisors.”

Currently, there is no planned or ongoing work/research on this subject and it is an area the research should address.

Water 2018 Call - Project 5 - Clarification

As Bord Na Mona were involved in preparing the specification for this call topic, and will most likely be a member of the project Steering Committee, we consider that it would not be appropriate for Bord Na Mona to be part of the project team even if they would not be in receipt of funding.

Water 2018 Call - Project 7 - Aquifiers

Question:

Is there a requirement of this call to identify individual aquifers or is a regional/ island-wide approach acceptable?

Answer:

Applicants should use whichever approach they deem feasible given the data and methodologies they are using and within the scope of the project.

Water 2018 Call - Project 7 - GRACE

Question:

Can alternatives to GRACE be investigated?

Answer:

At a minimum, GRACE data should be assessed. This does not preclude considering alternatives, as long as the research proposal address fully the scope of the topic.

Water 2018 Call - Project 8 - Clarification

As the Marine Institute is a cofunder of the Topic 8 and as it was involved in the preparation of the Call specifications, the Marine Institute cannot participate in any proposals submitted under this particular topic, even if the Marine Institute  is not in receipt of funding.

Water 2018 Call - Project 8 - Marine Transitional Zones

Question:

Are marine transitional zones defined for the purpose of this proposal as the transition between the sea and freshwaters or between coastal waters (regardless of freshwater influences) and coastal land?

Answer:

The description of marine transitional zones used in the proposed call was intended to be broad and includes all areas that interface between land and sea.

Water 2018 Call - Project 8 - Biological Cycling

Question:

Is biological cycling of carbon and nutrients of interest to this call?

Answer:

Yes - all biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and carbon is of interest to this call.