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Current Programmes

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – EU Funding Team

The DAERA EU Funding Team supports the objectives of the NI Executive’s European Task Force Steering Group by identifying the most effective approach to European engagement and to co–ordinate its implementation across the Department.

DAERA has direct access to an EU Liaison Officer, based in the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels. The EU Liaison Officer engages with the EU institutions in the Environment and Climate Change field.

For more information, please visit the DAERA website…

INTERREG VA 2014–2020 Programme

The INTERREG Programme for 2014–2020 is one of over 60 programmes across the European Union that have been specifically designed to address problems that arise from the existence of borders. The INTERREG Programme promotes greater levels of economic, social and territorial cohesion across Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland. DAERA is the accountable department for the environment theme of the INTERREG VA programme.

For more information, please visit the SEUPB website…


There are 13 programme zones for transnational co–operation, three of which are relevant to Northern Ireland:

1. Northern Periphery and artic programme

The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme focuses on four priorities:

  • Using Innovation to maintain and develop robust and competitive communities
  • Promoting entrepreneurship to realise the potential of the Programmes area’s competitive advantage
  • Fostering energy–secure communities through promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency 
  • Protecting, promoting and developing cultural and natural heritage

Read more via the SEUPB website…

2. North West Europe Programme (NWE)

The NWE focuses on three priorities:

  • Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Supporting the shift towards a low–carbon economy in all sectors 
  • Protecting the environment and promoting energy efficiency

Read more via the Interreg North–West Europe website…

3. Atlantic Area Programme

The Programme focuses on four priorities;

  • Stimulating Innovation and Competitiveness
  • Fostering Resource Efficiency
  • Strengthening the Territory’s Resilience to Risks of Natural and Human Origin 
  • Enhancing Bio–diversity and the Natural and Cultural Assets

Read more via the Atlantic Area Transnational Programme website…

INTERREG VC Europe Programme

The INTERREG EUROPE Programme focuses on four priorities:

  • research and Innovation
  • competitiveness of SMEs
  • low–carbon Economy 
  • the Environment and Resource Efficiency

Read more via the SEUPB website…


The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co–financing projects with European added value.

The timings of the 2017 LIFE Call have been announced. The timeline is as follows:

Publication of 2017 LIFE Call – 28th April 2017

Deadline Climate Action – 7th Sept 2017

Deadline Environment & Resource Efficiency – 12th Sept 2017

Deadline Nature & Biodiversity – 14th Sept 2017

Deadline Environmental Governance & Information – 14th Sept 2017

Deadline Preparatory Projects – 20th Sept 2017

The UK National Contact Point for LIFE, JNCC, will run a webinar in May to highlight the key differences in the 2017 call.The European Commission has advised that there is very little change within the 2017 LIFE Call in comparison to the 2016 Call. Therefore, it is recommended that all applicants utilise last year’s guidance in preparation.

Read more via the European Commission website…

Horizon 2020

See the draft Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018–2020 here…

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years. Horizon 2020 funding will be awarded to collaborative consortia from across the EU in areas such as ICT, health, agri–food, energy and social sciences.

A Northern Ireland Contact Point (NICP) network was established in 2013, with funding from the Department for the Economy, Department of Justice and DAERA. Caroline Barry ( is the NICP contact for the Societal Challenge 5 element of the programme which includes climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. It provides direct support to potential applicants across industry, academia and the public sector in applying for funding from the Horizon 2020 programme. Horizon 2020 does not fund community projects, or community groups, employment creation schemes and small scale individual projects.

Read more via and

Partner Search Information

For information on partner searches, please visit the BrusselsNI website…

Other useful websites

European Commission – Beginner’s Guide to EU Funding

UK Higher Education International Unit – provides information on funding opportunities for UK HEIs

Welcome Europe – provides practical tools, advice, training and consultancy on EU Funding

ERRIN – the European Regions Research and Innovation Network

SALTO–YOUTH – provides resources, training and support for youth organisations

EPALE – eplatform for teachers, trainers, researchers, academics, policy makers and anyone else with a professional role in adult learning.

Adam – projects and products portal for Leonardo da Vinci life–long learning programme

Enterprise Europe Network – helps SMEs to make the most of business opportunities in the EU and beyond

Horizon 2020 NI – a network for Northern Ireland focused on Horizon 2020