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


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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Climate JPI logo

Other European and International Linkages

The EPA is also a partner in: