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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

Horizon Europe

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

Recovery and resilience facility

Loans and grants available to support reforms and investments undertaken by EU countries for a sustainable recovery

European Structural and Investment Funds

Environment research related calls may be found in this programme, particularly in the European regional development fund.

European Circular Bioeconomy Fund

The ECBF is part-funded by the Commission and invests in late-stage bioeconomy start-ups

Innovation Fund

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

Research project database (CORDIS)

The Commission's primary portal for the results of EU-funded research projects


Horizon Magazine

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

Horizon 2020 dashboard

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

Horizon Results Platform

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

Collaboration and jobs

Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)

BBI JU connects key biobased sectors to ultimately create a sustainable and competitive biobased economy in Europe

EJP Soil

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

Find project partners

Find partners for open EU calls for proposal


Researcher jobs in the field of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution

Scientific publications, tools and databases

EU publications portal

Online library of EU research publications on nitrogen and phosphorus pollution

Scientific publications

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

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