€8.2 million available for Environmental Research in the EPA Research Call for 2017 to help tackle major societal challenges

The EPA has launched its Annual Research Call seeking proposals to help identify solutions to emerging and complex environmental problems.

The EPA has said that it is putting a particular focus on the importance of a clean, protected environment for health, wellbeing and quality of life.

With up to €8.2 million available for new research projects, the Research Calls are divided into three main research strands:

  • Water
  • Climate
  • Sustainability.

The call is open to researchers worldwide. Recent changes in the application process have resulted in more availability for women as part of the organisation’s gender equality initiative.

When all the applications have been received, the EPA has said that it will begin awarding the successful researchers funding in November of this year.

Dr Alice Wemaere, EPA Research Manager, said,

“The EPA Research Programme funds research that addresses knowledge gaps and provides the evidence base to inform policy-making by government.  As part of the 2017 Research Call we anticipate receiving research proposals addressing a wide range of topics, for example, emerging contaminants, antimicrobial resistance, human biomonitoring, or linkages between health and our environment including projects on air quality, noise, odour and climate.

“The Research Call process for environmental proposals is competitive and we expect to be assessing many high quality submissions from the research community. We are also particularly pleased to be bringing in changes to the EPA’s research application process and funding rules, reflecting the current national drive on research integrity, research impacts and gender equality. The EPA is committed to supporting Irish researchers and to building their capacity to enable them to compete for European research funds.”

Submission deadlines for hopeful researchers will be on 3 July followed by a call authorisation deadline on 14 July.

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 2017 EPA Research Calls are available on the EPA website.

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