Applied geoscience research is an essential component of a dynamic geoscience sector that provides cutting edge solutions to its clients. The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) actively funds geoscience programmes in Ireland to the tune of approximately €10 million over a multi-annual cycle, and has developed strong links over many years with the geoscience research community on the island of Ireland. Geoscience Ireland consortium partners, including GSI, are also involved in EU- and privately-funded research programmes.
Geoscience research in Ireland is dynamic and growing. Geoscience research is undertaken in geology departments and also in civil engineering and environmental science departments, and is underpinned by high-quality researchers, top-class analytical facilities, and University innovation and commercialisation centres.
Significant collaboration exists across Irish institutes and overseas universities, and with the State and private sector. Research funding for the principal university geoscience departments is on the order of €4 million per year and derives from Industry, Government and the EU.
Irish geoscience research institutes bring specialist knowledge to the fields of groundwater characterisation, water resource development, wastewater treatment, mineral prospecting and resource assessment, petroleum reservoir characterisation and development, geophysics, ground source heating and cooling, shallow marine characterisation, amongst many areas.
The Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) formally launched the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geoscience (ICRAG) in late 2014. GI has been involved with the initiative from the outset in underpinning economic development in the industry. The new initiative brings together all of the main Geoscience research units in Ireland, with strong links to government and industry, and will have a total value, over 6 years of c. €24m, 70% funded by Science Foundation Ireland and 30% by 53 industrial partners. Led by University College Dublin, the centre also includes Principal Investigators from TCD, NUIG and UCC, with academic collaborators at DCU, DIAS and Maynooth University.
Irish University Geoscience research departments
Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geoscience (ICRAG)
UCD School of Geology
TCD Department of Geology
NUIG Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
UCC School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
QUB Environmental Engineering Research Centre
UU (Coleraine) Environmental Sciences Research Institute
UCD Earth Institute
TCD Department of Civil Engineering