iCRAG, the SFI Research Centre for Applied Geosciences, is Ireland’s national geoscience research centre supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the European Regional Development Fund, Geological Survey Ireland and industry partners. 

Our mission is to transform Irish geoscience by driving research and discovery, delivering economic and societal benefit, and advancing public understanding.

iCRAG’s multidisciplinary research transcends industry and academic boundaries to address key research challenges in the fields of energy security, raw materials supply, groundwater protection, safeguarding the geomarine environment and protection from the Earth’s hazards.

Research Areas

  • Raw materials – mineral/aggregate geoscience
  • Marine – marine geoscience
  • Groundwater – hydrogeology/hydrology
  • Energy security – petroleum geoscience
  • Geohazards – tunnelling and material stability
  • Geochemistry, geophysics, 3D geological modelling, and public perception and understanding

Research Programmes

Comprising 150 researchers, seven research institutions and collaborating with more than sixty industry partners, our vision is to be a world leader in applied geoscience research, discovery, and public understanding of Earth’s critical resources and environment for a sustainable society.

Academic Partners

Industry and Commercialisation

The technology developed by iCRAG takes the form of soft-knowledge, data, methods, protocols, policy documents and software. This technology helps companies discover and develop natural resources for the mutual benefit of the companies and Ireland.

Industry Partners include

  • Azeire
  • BP
  • Boliden
  • Cairn Energy PLC
  • Chevron North Sea Ltd
  • David Ball & Associates
  • ENI Ireland BV
  • Equinor
  • Europa Oil and Gas (Holdings) Plc
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Fehily Timoney & Company
  • GDG
  • Geoscience Ireland
  • Geoserv
  • Group Eleven Mining & Exploration Ltd
  • Hannan Metals
  • Homebond
  • International Lithium Corporation
  • Lundin Mining
  • Nexen
  • PIP
  • Repsol
  • Shell
  • Sosina
  • SRK Consulting
  • SSE
  • Teck
  • Tobin Consulting
  • TII
  • Trevali
  • Tullow Oil
  • Woodside


A comprehensive suite of analytical and modelling resources
Platform facilities in geophysics, geochemistry and 3D modelling

Education and Public Engagement

Modern societies and economies are underpinned by applied geosciences. The provision of secure sources of energy, clean water and raw materials, all of which are crucial for economic and societal functioning, are directly reliant on applied geosciences. iCRAG is dedicated to dedicated to developing the next generation of geologists, engineers and scientists through our education and public engagement programme. The programme works alongside the public perception and understanding of geoscience research platform in iCRAG, with each informing the other.

The objectives of iCRAG’s education and public engagement programme are:

  1. Empower the Irish publics to make informed decisions about the Earth’s resources and changing climate.
  2. Enhance public understanding of Earth’s resources and earth system change.
  3. Engage the publics such that our research is influenced by, and shared with, the publics for mutual learning.

This is carried out through four EPE programmes: Earth Science Education, Geocareers, Citizen Involvement and Earth Science in the Arts

Key Contact Details

Prof Murray Hitzman
Deputy Director


Dr Jennifer Craig
Centre Manager


Dr Fergus Mc Auliffe
Communications Manager


Dr Aoife Brady
Industry and Programme Manager