The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help address climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.5 million available for new research projects, the funding will be provided under four themes:
- Addressing climate change evidence needs
- Facilitating a green and circular economy
- Delivering a healthy environment
- Protecting and restoring our natural environment.
Laura Burke, EPA Director General said:
“EPA-funded Research is essential to improving national understanding of our environment, the challenges it faces and responses to these challenges. The EPA Research Programme funds research that addresses knowledge gaps and provides the evidence base to inform policy as well as supporting the implementation of environmental policies in Ireland.”
The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. This Research Call highlights the importance of a clean, healthy and well-protected environment for our health, wellbeing and quality of life. It is designed to support the development and implementation of environmental policies in Ireland.
Dr Alice Wemaere, EPA Research Manager, said,
“Innovative research proposals are invited in response to 46 research topics. The new research projects are expected to start in late 2021/early 2022 and will range from 12-month to multi-annual research projects. This Research Call is competitive, and we expect to be assessing many high-quality submissions from the research community.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with a number of organisations, including the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; the Department of Transport; the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Office of the Planning Regulator, to address key environmental challenges.”
As part of its wide range of functions the EPA manages an environmental research programme that delivers essential scientific support for environmental policy development, implementation and broader decision making. The EPA has been funding research in Ireland since 1994 and is currently funding more than 200 on-going research projects. Further details about the 2021 EPA Research Call are available on the EPA website.
Further information: Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office: 053-91 70770 (24 hours) and firstname.lastname@example.org
The call timeframe is outlined below:
- Call opening: 19th May 2021
- Call submission deadline: 14th July 2021 (5pm)
- Call authorisation deadline: 21st July 2021 (5pm)
- November/December 2021: award of new projects
- January 2022: Publication of the 2020 awards