International Linkages

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 

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 & Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5. Read more about Horizon 2020 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 invoved in two JPIs:

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Other European and International Linkages

The EPA is also a partner in:


Water Joint Programming Initiative

Water challenges cannot be successfully tackled through the isolated effort of individual national research and innovation programmes.

This EU initiative aims at developing a coordinated and strategic approach to public national and regional research and innovation funding in Europe.

The Water JPI is dedicated to tackling the ambitious challenge of achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad. This will be realised through a multi-disciplinary approach, which includes economic, ecological, societal and technological considerations.

The EPA is a partner of the Water JPI ( and is involved in the related EC-funded supporting projects: WaterWorks2014, WaterWorks2015, WaterWorks2017 ERAnet COFUNDs and IC4Water Coordination Support Action.

The Water JPI has developed its Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda which is being updated regularly (Read more about the Water JPI SRIA)

Funding Opportunities for Joint Transitional Projects:

The EPA is providing funding to support the participation of Irish researchers in Joint Transnational Projects.

Networking Opportunities

The EPA is supporting the participation of Irish researchers in Water JPI networks of excellence.


More information is available at Water JPI EU


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