Climate research gains €8.2m EPA funding

The Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland has made available some €8.2m available for climate research

Researchers have been invited to bid for a share of €8.2m to find solutions to some of the greatest environmental issues. The climate research funding will be issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Ireland, with calls needing to focus on water, climate and sustainability.

The funding will be available to all researchers—not just those in Ireland. This year will also focus on women as part of the organisation’s gender equality initiative. This means institutions linked to funded researchers will need to secure the minimum Athena SWAN gender equality accreditation by the end of 2019.

The call for submissions is now open and will close at 5pm on 3 July, with a call authorisation deadline on 14 July. Funding is expected to be awarded in November.

Calls for submissions

Dr Alice Wemaere, research manager at the EPA said: “The EPA Research Programme funds research that addresses knowledge gaps and provides the evidence base to inform policymaking 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.”

Some €12.9m worth of EU funding has already been granted to Irish researchers through EPA towards environment-related research.

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