Research plays a pivotal role in environmental protection by providing the knowledge to better understand and manage issues such as climate change and water quality availablity.
In parallel, the development of innovative and environmentally friendly technologies can offer sustainable economic opportunities through the responsible management of both natural and man-made resources.
Often, environmental challenges go beyond national frontiers and require a coordinated approach at European and often global level.
We actively promote, participate in and facilitate the participation in a number of international programmes.
Horizon 2020 Materials is the EU’s main instrument for funding research and development which runs from 2014 to 2020.
There are a variety of funding mechanisms in Horizon 2020 (e.g. individual fellowships, infrastructural awards and collaborative research projects).
EPA Research’s 2014-2020 strategy will align closely with Horizon 2020, in particular Societal Challenge 5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
The EPA is the National Delegate and National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5.
Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) aim to enhance collaboration between national research programmes in Europe to address key societal challenges in a more efficient and effective manner.
The EPA is a member of and National Contact Point for the Climate and Water JPIs.
Other initiatives and opportunities that are available include: