The 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.

Funding streams

The DAERA EU Funding Team 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. 

Officials regularly publish an EU Funding Gateway document. The document provides Northern Ireland stakeholders more information about EU competitive funding programmes and provides links to important websites where details of these programmes and their individual calls can be found. You can access the latest publication here:

The Department can provide advice and support on the following EU Competitive Funding streams.

INTERREG VA 2014-2020 

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. DOE is the accountable department for the environment theme of the INTERREG VA programme which includes the following objectives:

  • recovery of protected habitat and species
  • manage marine protected areas and species
  • improve freshwater quality in river basins
  • improve water quality in transitional waters

More detailed information on the INTERREG Programme can be found at:


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

Further information can be found on 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

Further information can be found on the 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

Further information can be found on the Atlantic Area website: 

INTERREG V C Europe Programme

The INTERREG EUROPE Programme focuses on four priorities:

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

Further information can be found on the SEUPB website at: 


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. More information can be found at:

Horizon 2020

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.

More information on Horizon 2020 can be found at:


Further information can be obtained from the EU funding team:

For more information on NIEA funding, contact the NIEA

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