International collaboration and funding

Research is vital for environmental protection and often environmental challenges go beyond national frontiers requiring a coordinated approach at European and international level.  This page provides information about international research collaboration and transnational research funding. 

Often environmental challenges go beyond national frontiers and require a coordinated approach at European and global level. 

We actively promote, participate in and facilitate the participation in a number of international programmes. 

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is Europe’s main instrument for funding research and development and will run from 2021–2027 with a budget of c. €95 billion. 

An illustration of the Horizon Europe funding programme

Five Missions Areas have been identified. A mission is a portfolio of actions across disciplines intended to achieve a bold, inspirational and measurable goal within a set timeframe, with impact for society and policy making, as well as relevance for a significant part of the European population and wide range of European citizens. 


The EPA is involved as National Expert as well as National Contact Point for the Horizon Europe Clusters 5 and 6

Find out more about the National Support Network including financial support from Enterprise Ireland

Download a presentation outlining Horizon Europe

More information is available from the European Commission website here

Joint Programming Initiatives

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 involved in two JPIs: 

Other European and international linkages

The EPA also partners with: