Why the EU supports environment research and innovation
European research and innovation is key for combating climate change, implementing green industrial policy and achieving sustainable development.
Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 will not be possible without an ambitious agenda linking research, innovation and investments with reforms and regulations in order to mobilise collective action for climate.
Science is the foundation of evidence-based policies. Research and innovation will drive, navigate and accelerate the European Green Deal and green recovery by setting the direction, testing and delivering solutions, addressing trade-offs and ensuring policy coherence.
Under the research and innovation programme Horizon Europe (2021-2027), new powerful tools – partnerships and missions – will greatly contribute to the Green Deal’s ambitions.
Citizens will be strongly involved in creating and implementing green solutions.
In September 2020 the EU launched a €1 billion Green Deal call under Horizon 2020 to address the urgency of climate action and green recovery.
On this page you can find more information, the work programme and a link to the environment-related calls
Loans and grants available to support reforms and investments undertaken by EU countries for a sustainable recovery
Co-financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation research, supporting the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy
Environment research related calls may be found in this programme, particularly in the European regional development fund.
Funding for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies
Projects and results
Thematic collections of innovative EU-funded environment research results (CORDIS)
The Commission's primary portal for the results of EU-funded environment research projects
Stories of particularly successful EU-funded environment research projects
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
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
Partnership of funding organisations, international science councils, and regional consortia advancing transdisciplinary science and environmental change research
Includes a partnership on sustainable land use and nature-based solutions
Joint programme developing solutions to manage water and agri-food systems more sustainably in the Mediterranean
Researcher jobs in the field of nature-based solutions
Find partners for open EU calls for proposal
Scientific publications, tools and databases
Online library of EU research publications on environment research
Data and information on biodiversity supporting the EU biodiversity strategy
Scientific environment research publications published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)
The Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools. You can access environment research related ones here
Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions - all data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes
Commission news service covering the latest environmental research findings to support evidence-based policymaking
Achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal requires a circular and sustainable bioeconomy. Research and innovation (R&I) plays an essential role in enabling and accelerating this transition, unlocking new ways of producing and consuming that respect planetary boundaries and life on earth.
The Research and Innovation Week (R&I Week) is the 2024 European Commission’s flagship event on research and innovation which will take place between 18 and 21 March 2024 in Tour & Taxis (Brussels, Belgium).
Commissioner Ivanova at the One Planet - One Polar Summit in Paris: the European Union a worldwide player in polar research
Research and innovation news alert: has reaffirmed the important role of the EU as a major player in global polar research.
On 23 November 2023, the Commission will open two calls for proposals to accelerate the deployment of innovative technologies in Europe. Together, the calls will make up to €4.8 billion available for industry and clean tech players in Europe.