iCRAG is the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences funded by Science Foundation Ireland and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. Established in 2015, iCRAG is Ireland’s national geosciences research centre. Comprising 150 researchers, and collaborating with more than 50 industry partners, our vision is to become a world leader in applied geosciences research, securing maximum benefit from our natural resources while protecting the environment.
iCRAG’s research is helping to unlock Ireland’s natural resources through developing improved technical knowledge and innovative techniques, which will then increase the success rate of energy, mineral and groundwater exploration. Our research results are, insofar as possible, embedded within industry. In this way, the Centre ensures maximum impact of its research output; both scientifically for the wider geosciences and economically for the island of Ireland.
iCRAG facilitates a collaborative research environment, allowing for the invaluable cross-fertilisation of ideas between disciplines. Our multidisciplinary research teams address five major research challenges:
- Supply of raw materials
- Energy security
- Secure & protect groundwater resources
- Safeguard the geomarine environment
- Protection from Earth's hazards
Underpinning these research challenges is our work in enabling methodologies in the areas of geophysics, geochemistry and 3D modelling, along with our research on the public perception and understanding of geosciences.
Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the European Regional Development Fund, Geological Survey Ireland and industry partners, the Centre brings together expertise from seven major institutes: University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, University College Cork, National University of Ireland Galway, Maynooth University and Teagasc.