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 and availability.
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 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.
View information on our Horizon 2020 Information Day 2016.
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 JPI's.
European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) are initiatives focusing on societal benefits and a rapid modernisation of the associated sectors and markets.
EIP's streamline, simplify and better coordinate existing instruments and initiatives and complement them with new actions where necessary.
They act across the whole research and innovation chain, bringing together all relevant actors at EU, national and regional levels, making it easier for partners to co-operate and achieve better results.
The EPA is represented on the task forces for the EIP on Water and on Raw Materials.
Other initiatives and opportunities that are available include: