The EU and nature-based solutions

The ambition of research and innovation policy is to position the EU as leader in innovating with nature to achieve more sustainable and resilient societies.

The Commission defines nature-based solutions as

“Solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience. Such solutions bring more, and more diverse, nature and natural features and processes into cities, landscapes and seascapes, through locally adapted, resource-efficient and systemic interventions.”

Nature-based solutions must therefore benefit biodiversity and support the delivery of a range of ecosystem services.

Read more about Commission research and policy on nature-based solutions

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon Europe

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

  • European Structural and Investment Funds

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

  • COST actions

    COST (European cooperation in science and technology) funds bottom-up, open research and innovation networks

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

Scientific publications, tools and databases



  • Research enquiry service

    You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.  

  • National contact points

    The national contact points (NCP) network gives guidance and information on participating in Horizon 2020. NCPs are established in all EU countries and many non-EU countries.

  • Enterprise Europe Network

    The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. 

  • European IP Helpdesk

    Service that offers an intellectual property rights helpline, training and online library.

Related Commission departments