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Climate change science

Climate action research, funding, collaboration, projects and results, publications, news and events

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

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


COP27: EU research and innovation for climate action

Research and innovation driving the climate pact

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

On this page you can find more information, the work programme and a link to climate-related calls

LIFE+ Climate Action

Co-financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation research, supporting the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy

Innovation Fund

Funding for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies

COST actions

COST (European cooperation in science and technology) funds bottom-up, open research and innovation networks

Projects and results

Horizon Magazine

Latest news, interviews and features about thought-provoking science and innovative research projects funded by the EU

Horizon Results Platform

Platform where framework programme participants present their results for you to search, contact their owners, and form partnerships

Horizon dashboard

Access to real-time programme data with the ability to filter by country, region, theme and more

CINEA project portfolio

Dashboard presenting details of all grant agreements managed by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). Data includes EU contribution by country, number of projects and beneficiaries

Collaboration and jobs

JPI Climate

Joint Programming initiative aligning national programmes by jointly coordinating their climate research and funding new transnational research activities.

Belmont Forum

Partnership of funding organisations, international science councils, and regional consortia advancing transdisciplinary science and environmental change research.

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Scientific 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

EU open data portal

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes