Irish researchers secure funding for climate studies
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Irish researchers secure funding for climate studies

Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed that 41 Irish researchers have been approved for a total of €12.9m for climate-related studies.

Irish research into climate has received a significant EU boost, with €12.9m set aside for 41 people working on a variety of related projects.

Under the Horizon 2020 programme, the money will be spent over three years.

Dr Alice Wemaere, EPA research manager, said: “As well as providing national funding, the EPA promotes international funding and collaborative opportunities.”

This allows for the generation of “high quality, relevant research that can inform policy and develop solutions” for the environment and overall health, Wemaere said.

Two of the successful Irish-led proposals are looking at Dublin as a hub for various aspects of environmental focus.

For example the iScape project (Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe) is investigating air quality, led by Francisco Pilla at the University College Dublin (UCD).

The CONNECTING project (COproductioN with NaturE for City Transitioning, INnovation and Governance), is led by Marcus Collier at Trinity College, with nature-based solutions as its target.