Horizon 2020: European Green Deal Call

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€1 billion investment to boost the green and digital transition

The European Commission has launched 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, which is open for registration, will spur Europe's recovery from the coronavirus crisis by turning green challenges into innovation opportunities.

This call is the last and biggest call under Horizon 2020. It 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.

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

  • increasing climate ambition
  • clean, affordable and secure energy
  • industry for a clean and circular economy
  • energy and resource efficient buildings
  • sustainable and smart mobility
  • farm to fork
  • biodiversity and ecosystems
  • zero-pollution, toxic-free environments

The final two are horizontal areas - strengthening knowledge and empowering citizens - which offer a longer-term perspective in achieving the transformations set out in the European Green Deal.

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

See the full text of the Green Deal Call within the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 for Cross-Cutting Activities.

Green Deal info day and brokerage events
If you'd like to find out more about the opportunities arising from the Horizon 2020 Green Deal Call, an information and brokerage event will take place as part of the virtual European Research & Innovation Days, on 24 September 2020.

Another Horizon 2020 Green Deal Call virtual brokerage event will take place on 13 October 2020. Find out more about the event and register to take part.