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
- climate resilience and adaptation to climate change
- climate change mitigation pathways
- polar and ocean research
- International cooperation (IPCC)
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
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
Funding for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies
European Structural and Investment Funds
Climate research related calls may be found in this programme, particularly in the European regional development fund.
COST (European cooperation in science and technology) funds bottom-up, open research and innovation networks
Projects and results
Research project database
The Commission's primary portal for the results of EU-funded climate research projects
Results packs on climate
Thematic collections of innovative EU-funded climate research results (CORDIS)
Project success stories
Stories of particularly successful EU-funded circular economy research projects
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
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
Joint Programming initiative aligning national programmes by jointly coordinating their climate research and funding new transnational research activities.
Partnership of funding organisations, international science councils, and regional consortia advancing transdisciplinary science and environmental change research.
Science Technology and Innovation Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals
Multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals in which the Commission actively participates.
Oppla community and marketplace
Networking opportunities and marketplace to promote the output of your project or network.
Find project partners
Find partners for open EU calls for proposal.
Researcher jobs in the field of nature-based solutions
Scientific publications, tools and databases
EU publications portal
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
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
DG Research and Innovation welcomes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has today issued a Synthesis Report, bringing forward the most powerful messages produced by the Panel over the past 8 years
Commission awards Seal of Excellence for the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change
The European Commission awards 6 Seal of Excellence certificates to outstanding project proposals submitted under Horizon Europe call of Mission Adaptation to Climate Change.
From local action to global impact: the Urban Transitions Mission Centre starts its activities
The centre will coordinate global knowledge exchanges in support of the Urban Transitions Mission and link with the Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission