The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has offered €11.7 million for new research projects, inviting proposals from the research community to “address climate change and other emerging and complex environmental issues” through research that supports “the development and implementation of environmental policy in Ireland”. ”.
The EPA research program is an initiative of the Irish Government funded by the Department for the Environment, Climate and Communications. As part of the call for research projects, EPA invites proposals in 4 interconnected research areas, with themes such as:
- Climate science, adaptation, scenarios, resilience and policy response.
- Improve knowledge of greenhouse gas and atmospheric emissions inventories.
- Health in industrial regulation and assessment.
- Chemicals, hazardous substances and radiation in our environment.
- Innovative approaches to environmental monitoring.
- Knowledge of land use, assessment and environmental risk.
- Opportunities and barriers to climate action and the circular economy.
- Substitution and efficiency of raw materials and resources.
EPA Executive Director Laura Burke said, “EPA-funded research is essential to improving the national understanding of our environment, the challenges it faces, and responses to those challenges. The EPA funds research aimed at filling knowledge gaps, providing strong evidence to inform policy and supporting the implementation of environmental policies in Ireland.
To apply for EPA funding, the research project must be registered on EPA’s online grant application and project management system. All research proposals must be submitted in response to one of the topics included in the call descriptions, which include the potential use of satellite data in environmental monitoring and assessment and the role of the environment in the development and transmission of antimicrobial resistance.
EPA Research Manager Dr. Alice Wemaere said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with a number of organizations, including the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine; Geological Survey Ireland and Met Éireann, to co-fund environmental research and address key environmental challenges.