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EU Green Deal - Horizon Europe

Fighting climate change and making Europe climate-neutral by 2050 is one of the main priorities of the European Commission. In support of this priority, the Commission is reinforcing Green Deal-related research and innovation with this dedicated call for proposals under the current research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, which is phasing out by the end of 2020.

On 18 September 2020 the Green Deal has been published and calls are open from 22 September 2020 on; the deadline for submitting project proposals will be on 26 January 2021. Further information on the European Green Deal call is available here.

New research and innovation initiatives will be funded under the follow-up EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe, which will be launched on 1 January 2021. Horizon Europe is the European Union’s seven-year research and innovation programme, running from 2021 to 2027. The programme’s general objective is to deliver scientific, technological, economic and societal impact from the EU’s investments in R&I, to strengthen the scientific and technological bases of the EU, and foster its competitiveness in all Member States. With an agreed budget of €80.9 billion, Horizon Europe will be EU’s largest R&I framework programme.

Horizon Europe is built on three pillars (Factsheet Horizon Europe):

  1. Excellent Science,
  2. Global Challenges and European Industrial Competiveness,
  3. Innovative Europe.

A fourth component on Widening participation and Strengthening the European Research Area will support EU Member States in their efforts to unlock their national research and innovation potential. It will furthermore help low R&I performing Member States to participate better in Horizon Europe.

Strategic Planning

With the agreement on Horizon Europe, the European Commission started a strategic planning process. The first multiannual Strategic Plan will be published by the end of 2020 to prepare the content in the work programmes and calls for proposal for the first 4 years of Horizon Europe. The strategic planning process focusses in particular on the Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness pillar of Horizon Europe. It will also cover the Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area part of the programme as well as relevant activities in other pillars.

What will be new in Horizon Europe?

Horizon Europe is following the mission-driven approach, which are linked to key societal challenges and relevant to a broad range of stakeholders as well as to citizens. The five mission areas are: adaptation to climate change including societal transformation, cancer, healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters, climate-neutral and smart cities and health soil and food. The European Innovation Council is another key novelty of Horizon Europe, aiming at bringing the most promising ideas and breakthrough innovations from lab to real-world application and support the most innovative start-ups and companies to scale up.

Information on the Green Deal and Horizon Europe is regularly updated on this website, and is also available on the websites of the EC’s Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal.

Call - Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Research and innovation in support of the European Green Deal (H2020-LC-GD-2020)



Type of action

Area 1: Increasing Climate Ambition: Cross sectoral challenges
LC-GD-1-1-2020 Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative meansIA | CSA
LC-GD-1-2-2020 Towards Climate-Neutral and Socially Innovative CitiesRIA
LC-GD-1-3-2020Climate-resilient Innovation Packages for EU regionsIA | CSA
Area 2: Clean, affordable and secure energy
LC-GD-2-1-2020 Innovative land-based and offshore renewable energy technologies and their integration into the energy systemRIA | IA
LC-GD-2-2-2020 Develop and demonstrate a 100 MW electrolyser upscaling the link between renewables and commercial/industrial applicationsIA
LC-GD-2-3-2020 Accelerating the green transition and energy access Partnership with AfricaIA
Area 3: Industry for a clean and circular economy
LC-GD-3-1-2020 Closing the industrial carbon cycle to combat climate change - Industrial feasibility of catalytic routes for sustainable alternatives to fossil resourcesIA
LC-GD-3-2-2020 Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economyIA
Area 4:  Energy and resource efficient buildings
LC-GD-4-1-2020 Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient wayIA
Area 5: Sustainable and smart mobility
LC-GD-5-1-2020 Green airports and ports as multimodal hubs for sustainable and smart mobilityIA
Area 6:  Farm to Fork
LC-GD-6-1-2020 Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations in support of the Farm-to-Fork StrategyIA
Area 7: Biodiversity and ecosystem services
LC-GD-7-1-2020 Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem servicesIA
Area 8: Zero-pollution, toxic free environment
LC-GD-8-1-2020 Innovative, systemic zero-pollution solutions to protect health, environment and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicalsRIA
LC-GD-8-2-2020 Fostering regulatory science to address combined exposures to industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals: from science to evidence-based policies RIA
Area 9: Strengthening our knowledge in support of the EGD
LC-GD-9-1-2020European Research Infrastructures capacities and services to address European Green Deal challengesRIA
LC-GD-9-2-2020Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigationRIA
LC-GD-9-3-2020Transparent & Accessible Seas and Oceans: Towards a Digital Twin of the OceanIA
Area 10: Empowering citizens for the transition towards a climate neutral, sustainable
LC-GD-10-1-2020 European capacities for citizen deliberation and participation for the Green DealRIA
LC-GD-10-2-2020 Behavioural, social and cultural change for the Green DealRIA
LC-GD-10-3-2020 Enabling citizens to act on climate change, for sustainable development and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic engagementIA