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.

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon 2020

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

  • Horizon 2020 - access to risk finance

    Gain easier access to debt and equity financing such as the Natural Capital Financing Facility, InnovFin and European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

  • Recovery and resilience facility

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

  • 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.

  • 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

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

  • Environment results packs

    Thematic collections of innovative EU-funded environment research results (CORDIS)

  • Research project database

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

  • 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

  • Latest news, interviews and features about thought-provoking science and innovative research projects funded by the EU.
  • Project success stories

    Stories of particularly successful EU-funded environment research projects

Scientific publications, tools and databases


Related events


  • 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