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Research and innovation


Information about research priorities, funding opportunities, collaboration, projects, news and events related to environment research and innovation

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.

Policy focus

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

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


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

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

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

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 environment research publications published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Environment research tools and databases

The Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools. You can access environment research related ones here

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


You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE

Infoblatt20. März 2023
EU research and innovation top funder of leading climate science

By helping us understand how the climate system works and how it will change over time, climate science is fundamental for making informed and wise decisions about reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate.

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Infoblatt30. November 2022
Research and innovation enables the transition to a circular economy

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.

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  • News article

Innovation Fund announces two upcoming calls for proposals

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.