EPA launches €11.7m fund for climate research in IrelandVish Gainon April 19, 2022 at 15:09 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Ireland is looking for climate-related research proposals to apply for its latest fund in a bid to develop and implement new environmental policies in the country.

Up to €11.7m has been made available for researchers with research proposals across a broad range of topics that can help curb the effects of the climate crisis and other harmful environmental trends.

Broad themes for the topics range from improving knowledge on greenhouse gasses, health in industrial regulation and hazardous substances in the environment to the use of land, challenges and opportunities in climate action, and the circular economy.

Laura Burke, director-general of the EPA, said that funding is essential to “improving national understanding of our environment, the challenges it faces and responses to these challenges”.

“The EPA funds research that seeks to address knowledge gaps, provide robust evidence to inform policy and support the implementation of environmental policies in Ireland. This supports an evidence-led approach to policy-making based on excellent science and information,” she said.

The research programme is an initiative of the Government which has been funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications with the intention to update and implement new environmental policies in Ireland.

Dr Alice Wemaere, EPA research manager, said that the programme has been co-funded by and in partnership with a number of other organisations, including the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Geological Survey Ireland, and Met Éireann,

“We are also pleased to announce two Open topics covering the potential for use of satellite data in environmental monitoring and assessment and the role of the environment in development and transmission of antimicrobial resistance,” Wemaere added. The data collected will be from the Copernicus Earth observation programme managed by the EU.

The call was first announced on 14 April on the EPA website and the deadline for submission of proposals is 1 June. The new projects will be awarded towards the end of this year with results to be published in January 2023.

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