European Green Deal Call is open

The €1 billion European Green Deal call is the last and biggest call under Horizon 2020. With innovation at its heart, this investment will accelerate a just and sustainable transition to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. As we do not want anyone left behind in this systemic transformation, we call for specific actions to engage with citizens in novel ways and improve societal relevance and impact.Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

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The European Commission has decided to launch a €1 billion call for research and innovation projects that respond to the climate crisis and help protect Europe’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. The Horizon 2020-funded European Green Deal Call will spur Europe’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis by turning green challenges into innovation opportunities.

This Green Deal Call differs in important aspects from previous Horizon 2020 calls. Given the urgency of the challenges it addresses, it aims for clear, discernible results in the short to medium-term, but with a perspective of long-term change. There are fewer, but more targeted, larger and visible actions, with a focus on rapid scalability, dissemination and uptake.

The Green Deal Call includes 8 thematic areas and 2 horizontal areas

The projects funded under this call are expected to deliver results with tangible benefits in ten areas. Eight thematic areas reflecting the key work streams of the European Green Deal:

  1. Increasing climate ambition
  2. Clean, affordable and secure energy
  3. Industry for a clean and circular economy
  4. Energy and resource efficient buildings
  5. Sustainable and smart mobility
  6. Farm to fork
  7. Biodiversity and ecosystems
  8. Zero-pollution, toxic-free environments

In addition, two horizontal areas offer a longer-term perspective for achieving the transformations set out in the European Green Deal:

Strengthening knowledge

  • European Research Infrastructures’ capacities and services to address European Green Deal challenges
  • Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigation
  • A transparent and accessible ocean: towards a digital twin of the ocean

Empowering citizens

  • European capacities for citizen deliberation and participation for the Green Deal
  • Behavioural, social and cultural change for the Green Deal
  • Enabling citizens to act on climate change and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic involvement

The €1 billion investment will continue building Europe’s knowledge systems and infrastructures. The call includes opportunities for international cooperation in addressing the needs of less-developed nations, particularly in Africa, in the context of the Paris Agreement as well as the Sustainable Development Goals SDG.

The deadline for submissions is 26 January 2021, with selected projects expected to start in autumn 2021.

Are you interested in the European Green Deal Call? Would you like to participate? PNO Consultants can support you. Please contact our Horizon 2020 experts for more information on our Innovation & Funding Services.

Also visit the official EC webpage (external link).