European Green Deal

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The Horizon 2020 – European Green Deal is a new EU strategy to make the economy sustainable and resource-efficient, whilst also remaining competitive. The ambitious goal is to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, moving towards a sustainable, circular economy. In addition, the aim is to have no pollution and to restore biodiversity—all with a strong focus on human well-being. The aim is to take all European citizens along in the transition, leaving no one behind.

As part of the European Green Deal, several new Horizon 2020 calls will be published this year. These are collaborative projects, and research and innovation actions. All European organisations can apply for the grants. Consortia should consist of at least 3 partners from 3 different countries. The total budget comprises €1 billion. The calls will be published in September 2020 and will close in January 2021.

The calls have been divided across eight specific themes. Below, we provide an overview of the calls allocated to each theme, as well as the type of action and budget available per call.

1. Increasing climate ambition: Cross-sectoral challengesType of actionBudget (million euros)
1.1 Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative meansIA/CSA75
1.2 Towards climate-neutral and socially innovative citiesRIA53 (1 proposal)
1.3 Climate-resilient innovation packages for EU regionsIA/CSA45
2. Clean, affordable and secure energy
2.1 Demonstration of innovative critical technologies to enable future large-scale deployment of offshore renewable energy technologies and their integration into the energy systemRIA80 (20-40 per project)
2.2 Develop and demonstrate a 100 MW electrolyser, upscaling the link between renewables and industrial applicationsIA60 (20 per project)
3. Industry for a clean and circular economy
3.1 Closing the industrial carbon cycle to combat climate changeIA80 (max. 40 per project)
3.2 Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economyIA60 (20 per project)
4. Energy and resource-efficient buildings
4.1 Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient wayIA60 (15-20 per project)
5. Sustainable and smart mobility
5.1 Green airports and ports as hubs for sustainable and smart mobilityIA100 (20-25 per project)
6. Farm to Fork
6.1 Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations for sustainable food from farm to forkIA72
7. Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services
7.1 Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem servicesRIA80 (20-25 per project)
8. Zero-pollution, toxic-free environment
8.1Innovative, systemic zero-pollution solutions to protect health, environment, and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicalsRIA40 (8-12 per project)
8.2 Fostering regulatory science into chemical and pharmaceutical mixturesRIA20 (4-6 per project)


In addition, the following three horizontal programme lines will cut across all of the themes mentioned above, each comprising specific calls:

9. Strengthening our knowledge in support of the European Green Deal (EGD)
9.1 European research, infrastructures, capacities, and services to address EGD challengesRIA28
9.2 Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigationRIA25 (5 per project)
9.3 A transparent and accessible ocean: Towards a digital twin of the oceanIA12 (max. 12 per project)
10. Empowering citizens for transition towards a climate neutral, sustainable Europe
10.1 European capacities for citizen deliberation and participation in the EGDRIA10 (3-5 per project)
10.2 Behavioural, social, and cultural change for the EGDRIA10 (3-5 per project)
10.3 Enabling citizens to act on climate change and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic involvementIA25 (5 per project)
11. International cooperation
11.1 Accelerating the green transition and energy access in partnership with AfricaIA40 (5-10 per project)

As noted in the table, there are two different types of actions: Research and Innovation (RIA) and Innovation (IA). Per action, the following specifications apply:

TRL 3-5TRL 6-7
Grant rate 100% Grant rate 100% for non-profit and 70% for commercial partners
Project duration 3-5 yearsProject duration 2-3 years

Applications consist of a single phase. A well-balanced consortium (comprising research, government, citizens, and business); taking into account end users; and an interdisciplinary approach are key to a successful application. Evaluation criteria include:

  • Excellence
  • Impact
  • Implementation

Please check our website for updates and more information about the application procedure once the calls have been published.

The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide a quick overview of the objectives, structure, and conditions of this grant programme. No conclusions can be drawn on the basis of this information. Moreover, this document has no legal status.

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