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Research and Innovation Projects

The European Commission funds research and innovation projects to support the creation and better dispersion of excellent knowledge and technologies. Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation until 2027, taking over from Horizon 2020 (2014-2020). Horizon Europe incorporates research and innovation missions to increase the effectiveness of funding by pursuing clearly defined targets; most relevant to Climate-ADAPT is the Mission Area: Adaptation to climate change.

Under the topic Climate-resilient Innovation Packages for EU regions, 4 projects have been funded to support the Mission on Adaptation by testing, evaluating and scaling-up a range of adaptation solutions with the aim to trigger societal transformations among key community systems that are central to resilience building and sustainable growth. ARSINOE, IMPETUS, TRANSFORMAR and REGILIENCE will serve as early facilitators in pre-identifying and upscaling the most promising cross-sectoral solutions at a regional scale.

The complete catalogue of EU-funded Horizon Europe, Horizon 2020 and Research FP7 Environment Programme projects can be found in the CORDIS database. Furthermore, aggregated results from European research projects on Climate Change and Environment are presented in thematic articles that are available in Results Packs on CORDIS.

Several other Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020 projects have a specific focus on climate change adaptation. The objectives, methods and outcomes are in line with the aims of the EU Adaptation Strategy: to build a climate resilient society by improving knowledge of climate impacts and adaptation solutions; by stepping up adaptation planning and climate risk assessments; by accelerating adaptation action; and by helping to strengthen climate resilience globally.

Examples of projects proposing actions in pursuit of smarter, more systemic and faster adaptation are presented here. These projects were selected based on a systematic screening of the CORDIS database identifying ongoing and recently completed climate change adaptation projects in Europe. 

Smarter Adaptation

Costs and benefits of adaptation: B4EST, COACCH, RESCCUE, SOCLIMPACT


More systemic adaptation

General CCIVA methodologies: ASFORCLIC, CERES, ClimeFish, HYPERION

Nature based solutions: FutureMARES

Faster adaptation

Explicit focus on implementation: CLARITY, ENBEL, HYDRALAB-PLUS, IMPETUSSINCERETransformAr


Search the Climate-ADAPT database for additional adaptation focused research and knowledge projects funded by EU framework programmes, as well as EU transnational cooperation programmes and other international and national programmes.


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The biennial European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) conference is conducted by projects that have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme. Five ECCA conferences has so far been convened. See the ECCA webpage on Climate-ADAPT for information on the conferences and projects.

Booklet on the EU research contribution to IPCC Working Group II on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (2022).

Booklet on the research, science and innovation of EU projects on climate change adaptation (2018).