EU support for research and innovation on climate change science
Climate change is one of the most challenging problems facing society.
EU and international research have significantly furthered our understanding of the causes of climate change and our response options, both mitigation and adaptation related. Today’s pressing challenge is to acceleration their implementation and uptake.
To limit warming to 1.5°C, immediate and drastic emissions reductions across all sectors and parts of the society are needed and this decade will be decisive. We need to act now and use every tool and solution at our disposal – not only technological, but also nature-based and societal.
Research and innovation will play a crucial role in these efforts and the EU will continue to be a leading force as a key funder of world class climate science that delivers the framework for socio-ecological transformation envisioned in the European Green Deal.
Current research and innovation activities focus on
- Earth system science
- International cooperation (IPCC)
- polar and ocean research
- climate resilience and adaptation to climate change
- climate mitigation pathways
In the EU's research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe (2021-2027), the EU Mission Adaptation to Climate Change, will foster the development and uptake of innovative solutions to adapt to climate change and encourage regions, cities and communities to lead the societal transformation.
Related research and innovation areas
On this page you can find more information, the work programme and a link to climate-related calls
Co-financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation research, supporting the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy
Funding for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies
Climate research related calls may be found in this programme, particularly in the European regional development fund.
Projects and results
The Commission's primary portal for the results of EU-funded climate research projects
Stories of particularly successful EU-funded circular economy research projects
Thematic collections of innovative EU-funded climate research results (CORDIS)
Platform where framework programme participants present their results for you to search, contact their owners, and form partnerships
Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more
Collaboration and jobs
Partnership of funding organisations, international science councils, and regional consortia advancing transdisciplinary science and environmental change research.
Find partners for open EU calls for proposal.
Researcher jobs in the field of nature-based solutions
Scientific publications, tools and databases
Online library of EU climate research publications
Scientific climate research publications published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Platform for sharing data and information to inform decision making on climate adaptation
You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE
Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes
The EU pavilion at the UNFCCC COP27 will host four unmissable sessions dedicated to Nature-based Solutions organised by EU-funded R&I projects
The European Commission announces today that new info days for Horizon Europe Cluster 5, Climate, Energy & Mobility, will be held as a hybrid event on 15-16 December 2022
100 more regions and local authorities sign the Charter of the EU Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change in support of the goals of the European Green Deal and the EU Climate Adaptation Strategy.