The European Green Deal call is open

Open since 18 September: the European Green Deal call! This call titled ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Research and innovation in support of the European Green Deal’ is part of the Horizon 2020 programme which focuses on stimulating research and innovation. There are ten areas divided into 20 topics. Proposals that fit one of these areas can be submitted until 26 January 2021. Read more about the European Green Deal call right here.

European Green Deal call 2020

The European Commission (EC) has presented a total budget of almost 1 billion via the Horizon 2020 programme with the goal of stimulating research and innovation projects that try to find solutions for the climate crisis and protect the European ecosystems and biodiversity.

The European Green Deal call includes the following eight thematic areas:

  1. Increasing climate ambition:
    1. Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative means
    2. Towards climate-neutral and socially innovative cities
    3. Climate-resilient innovation packages for EU regions
  2. Clean, affordable and secure energy:
    1. Innovative land-based and offshore renewable energy technologies and their integration into the energy system
    2. Develop and demonstrate a 100 MW electrolyser upscaling the link between renewables and industrial applications
    3. Accelerating the green transition and energy access partnership with Africa
  3. Industry for a clean and circular economy:
    1. Closing the industrial carbon cycle to combat climate change
    2. Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economy
  4. Energy and resource efficient buildings:
    1. Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way
  5. Sustainable and smart mobility:
    1. Green airports and ports as multimodal hubs for sustainable and smart mobility
  6. Farm to fork:
    1. Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations for sustainable food from farm to fork
  7. Biodiversity and ecosystems:
    1. Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services
  8. Zero-pollution, toxic-free environments:
    1. Innovative, systemic zero-pollution solutions to protect health, environment and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicals
    2. Fostering regulatory science to address chemical and pharmaceutical mixtures: from science to evidence-based policies

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This call also includes two horizontal areas:

  1. Strengthening knowledge:
    1. European Research Infrastructures’ capacities and services to address European Green Deal challenges
    2. Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigation
    3. A transparent and accessible ocean: towards a digital twin of the ocean
  2. Empowering citizens:
    1. European capacities for citizen deliberation and participation for the Green Deal
    2. Behavioural, social and cultural change for the Green Deal
    3. Enabling citizens to act on climate change and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic involvement

The eight thematic areas reflect key work streams of the European Green Deal and are focused on generating specific, technological and social innovations with a significant impact in a relatively short period of time. The two horizontal areas offer long-term perspective in achieving the transformations set out in the European Green Deal.

Important dates

The EC organises a virtual information day during the European Research and Innovation Days on 23 September 2020. On 24 September 2020 participants are able to get in touch with potential project partners during the virtual Brokerage Event.

Background of this call

This initiative – also known as a roadmap – by the EC has the goal of realising a climate neutral Europe by 2050. To do so, certain measures and investments are necessary. Think of investments such as sustainable and environmental-friendly technologies, designing energy-efficient buildings or implementing CO2 reducing measures in the energy sector.

The figure below demonstrates the various areas of the European Green Deal.

European Green Deal image

Source: European Commission

Deadlines and kickoff projects

De deadline for submitting your project is 26 January 2021. Selected projects are expected to kickoff in the fall of 2021. Are you in need of help with drafting an application? Hezelburcht offers support!

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Interested in the possibilities of the European Green Deal call for your project? Or would you like to learn more about the above mentioned areas or topics? Contact us! Our sustainability specialists can offer you support with drafting a grant application or advice on how to manage your project.

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