Ireland has a resource security problem that the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) will help resolve. iCRAG will transform applied geoscience research in Ireland, delivering economic impact for a broad range of application areas and industries.
iCRAG’s overarching objectives are:
- To significantly de-risk Ireland’s offshore and onshore hydrocarbon and mineral resource exploration, thereby increasing exploration activities and also increasing the potential of sourcing a secure supply.
- To ensure safe and secure groundwater supplies and to address geoscience related ‘quality of environment’ issues.
- To engage with citizens and policy makers to explain the nature of resource related industries.
iCRAG was established in 2014 by Science Foundation Ireland with funding of €18m along with an additional €8m from industry partners.