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Research and innovation

Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution

Research and innovation on nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, funding, collaboration and jobs, projects and results, scientific publications and news

Why the EU supports research and innovation in this area

Nitrogen and phosphorus are vital for plant growth and are therefore used as fertiliser.
They are also emitted through combustion processes in transport and industry. But when they enter the environment in too large quantities, they end up polluting our soils, water and air, causing considerable environmental damage.

At a global level nitrogen and phosphorus are already exceeding safe planetary boundaries, representing a severe threat to life on Earth as well as to the climate. Europe makes a considerable contribution to this form of pollution.

Research and innovation is needed to establish how the EU can move to living within safe planetary boundaries for nitrogen and phosphorus, and identify ways to get there.

More on how EU research and innovation tackles nitrogen and phosphorus pollution

Funding opportunities

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

Funding supporting the deployment of biobased solutions in carbon intensive sectors

The EU's funding instrument for the environment and climate action

Projects and results

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

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

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

Collaboration and jobs

26 participants from 24 countries working towards the climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils

Researcher jobs in the field of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Scientific research publications on nitrogen and phosphorus pollution published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)

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