The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced research funding of up to €14.5m for new environmental research.

The EPA is inviting proposals from the research community for innovative projects to support the development and implementation of environmental policies in Ireland.  

Dr Eimear Cotter, director of the Office of Evidence and Assessment, said: “The EPA is committed to funding excellent research to address knowledge gaps, build capacity and provide robust evidence to support the implementation of effective environmental policies in Ireland.

"We have recently announced an increase in the PhD stipend to €25,000 for EPA-funded students and now invite research proposals across a range of open themes focusing on funding medium- to longer-term research. In 2023, 40% of awardees had not previously applied to the EPA for funding and we hope to see this trend continue in 2024.”

Exploring global risks to Ireland

Areas of research include exploring global risks to Ireland achieving its climate and environmental goals; understanding vulnerabilities to climate change at a local level including climate attribution science related to extreme weather events in Ireland; how to accelerate our transition to a circular economy; the impact of a changing climate on our health; and how we can consider benefits to both nature and the economy in decision-making.

The EPA Research Programme is a government initiative funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. Under this year’s call, the EPA is delighted to be partnering with Met Éireann to co-fund projects in areas of mutual interest.