Indecon International Research Economists have been appointed by the EPA to undertake an independent interim review of the EPA Research Programme 2014 – 2020. As part of our analysis, we believe it is critical to obtain inputs from researchers funded under the Programme. We would therefore be very appreciative if you could complete the Information Request below.

All information will be treated as confidential and in accordance with the EPA Privacy Policy (which is available on the EPA website) and our obligations under Data Protection Law. All information collected will be aggregated with the responses from other respondents.

Background Details of the Research Group

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* 1. Please indicate the name of the university and research group where you are based:

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* 2. Does this information response relate to one or more research projects funded by EPA?   

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* 3. Please indicate your estimate of the number of whole-time equivalent researchers supported by ongoing and new awards funding from the EPA 2014 – 2020 Research Programme for your project(s):

Details of Project(s) Funded under EPA Research Programme 2014-2020

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* 4. What was the title(s) and project codes of the project(s) funded under the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020?

Informing Policy and Dissemination of Research

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* 5. How aware are you of EPA’s objective to ensure the dissemination of research funded under this programme to each of the following audiences:

  Very Aware Aware Neither Aware nor Unaware Unaware Very Unaware
Domestic Policymakers
International policymakers
General public through media
Research via Peer-reviewed Journals
Research via Academic conferences
Enterprise / Industry

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* 6. Please indicate whether the EPA funding has encouraged you or is likely to encourage you to engage with government and non-government stakeholders to provide solutions for environmental challenges facing Ireland.

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* 7. Have you undertaken any of the following activities to highlight the research supported by the EPA?

  Yes Not as Yet but Planning to No and Not Likely to
Participated in workshops / conferences
Met with policymakers / public bodies
Submitted paper to or had papers published in academic journals
Participated in policy workshops
Contributed to national media
Developed a social media presence for the research projects

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* 8. Please indicate details on any conference papers / publications arising from funding supported by the EPA Research Programme.

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* 9. Please provide any other details concerning conference papers/ publications or sharing of research with policymakers arising from the EPA Research Programme.

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* 10. Please indicate your views of the likely impact if any of your research project on the following areas of policy development and implementation.

  Very Significant Impact Significant Impact Moderate Impact No Impact Don't Know
Developing the knowledge to address emerging environmental policy issues
Input to evidence based environmental policies
Increased understanding of the pressures on our environment
Input to development of suitable responses to environmental challenges
Building awareness on behavioural changes needed to become low-emission economy

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* 11. Please provide any examples of how your project(s) have or are likely to contribute to public debate or policy development:

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* 12. Please provide details of any citations of the research in policy documents or government reports:

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* 13. In your view is the strategy of the EPA Research Programme flexible enough to enable and adapt to changes in the environmental challenges; international and national policies.

Views on Impact of EPA Research Programme

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* 14. Has the EPA Research Programme funding influenced the way you have carried out your research?

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* 15. If so, in what ways?

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* 16. Please indicate if you believe there have been improvements in the quantity and/or quality of relevant research performed in your research group/institution as a result of EPA’s funding?

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* 17. Please indicate whether you believe the research project(s) would have proceeded or not if EPA funding was not provided?

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* 18. Please indicate your views on whether the overall EPA Research Programme is likely to have has a significant impact or not in the areas specified below.

  Very Significant Impact Significant Impact Moderate Impact No Impact Don't Know
Input to informing policy
Attraction of outstanding environmental researchers to Ireland
Providing increased support to existing high quality researchers in Ireland
Increase in high quality publications by EPA funded researchers
Increase in IP/Patents
Increase in research based spin off
Training of post graduates for employment in Ireland
Training of post graduates for employment internationally
Improved capacity in Irish system to undertake high quality research in the EPA Research Programme areas
Increased ability to leverage other national and international research funding
Enhanced research reputation for Ireland in the environmental space
Stimulation of greater R+D by industry
Partnership and Collaboration

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* 19. Please indicate your views on the impact, if any, of the EPA Research Programme on partnerships and collaboration?

  Very Significant Impact Significant Impact Moderate Impact No Impact Don't Know
Encouraged researchers to engage with government and non-government stakeholders
Increased collaboration between Irish-based researchers in the areas of sustainability, climate and water
Increased collaboration between Irish-based researchers and international researchers in the areas of sustainability, climate and water
Improvement in working relationships between researchers from different organisations
Increased collaboration with enterprise sector
Increased trans-disciplinary collaboration
Facilitated participation in Joint Transnational Projects
Increased use of citizen science in research

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* 20. Please provide estimates of the number of partnerships and collaborations, if any, with other organisations arising from EPA funded research projects over the period 2014 - 2018?

Commercial Activities

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* 21. Please specify the commercial impacts, if any, related to the research funded by the EPA?

Views on EPA Research Programme Process

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* 22. Please indicate your views on the following aspects of EPA Research Programme compared to other research funding schemes.

  Much Better than Other Organisations Better than Other Organisations Similar Worse than Other Organisations Much Worse than Other Organisations Don't Know
Application Guidance Documentation
Transparency and Fairness of the application process
Appropriateness of selection criteria
Administrative procedures
Time involved in overall application process
Peer review process
Terms and Conditions of EPA grants
Contracts/Payments and Financial Management
Communications between EPA and Researchers
Clarity on how value in your research will be measured
Management of Research Contracts
Quality of Feedback Provided

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* 23. Based on your current knowledge of the EPA Research Programme, would you apply for future funding from a similar EPA funded programme?

Suggestions for Changes / Enhancement in Programme

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* 24. Please indicate any views you have on emerging issues since the strategy was published in 2014 which should be incorporated into the programme:

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* 25. Please indicate your views on any opportunities which exist to add further value, impact and influence from the research outputs funded under the programme:

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* 26. Please specify any other potential improvements which you think could be made in the overall EPA Research Programme for supporting researchers and applied environmental policy relevant research in Ireland including any potential improvements in the call process or other areas:

Other Comments

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* 27. Please indicate below any further comments you may have in relation to the EPA Research Programme:



Thank you. We are very grateful to you for your valuable assistance with the above.


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All information will be treated as strictly confidential and will be aggregated with the results from the researchers. No individual information will be released to the EPA or to any parties.  If you have any queries re this survey please do not hesitate to contact Hugh Hennessy at Indecon 01-6777144 or email hhennessy@indecon.ie.

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