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Call: Greening the economy

Acronym H2020
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"Horizon 2020"
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly 80 billion € of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Apart from classic research projects, Horizon 2020 also funds innovation projects and pilot-projects in different fields.
The programme is divided into three different sections:
  1. Excellent Science
  2. Industrial Leadership
  3. Societal Challenges
Countries eligible for funding are: The EU-Member States, Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Moldova, Switzerland, Ukraine, Faroe Islands, Israel, Tunisia, Georgia, Armenia.
Link Link to Programme
Description of programme
"Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials"

Specific objectives:

  • to achieve a resource – and water - efficient and climate change resilient economy and society,
  • the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and
  • a sustainable supply and use of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources and eco-systems.

The 20th century's era of seemingly plentiful and cheap resources is coming to an end. The ability of the economy to adapt and become more climate change resilient, resource efficient and at the same time remain competitive depends on high levels of eco-innovation, of a societal, economic, organisational and technological nature. With the global market for eco-innovation worth around 1 trillion € per annum and expected to triple by 2030, eco-innovation represents a major opportunity to boost competitiveness and job creation in European economies.

To ensure EU added value and given the transnational and global nature of the climate and the environment, their scale and complexity, and the international dimension of the raw materials supply chain, activities have to be carried out at the Union level and beyond. Reducing resource use and environmental impacts, whilst increasing competitiveness, will require a decisive societal and technological transition to an economy based on a sustainable relationship between nature and human well-being. Innovation in these fields will provide opportunities for growth and jobs, as well as innovative options involving science, technology including of ICT, the economy, society, policy and governance.

Research and innovation will cover the following broad lines of activities:

  • Fighting and adapting to climate change
  • Protecting the environment, sustainably managing natural resources, water, biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Ensuring the sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials
  • Enabling the transition towards a green economy and society through eco-innovation
  • Developing comprehensive and sustained global environmental observation and information systems
  • Cultural heritage
Greening the economy
Description of call
"Greening the economy"

The call Greening the economy consists of 29 topics addressing the priority areas of climate services, moving towards a low-carbon Europe, nature-based solutions for territorial resilience, water, raw materials, Earth observation and cultural heritage forsustainable growth. All activities funded under this call should as far as possible use data resulting from or made available through different initiatives of the European Commission. The innovative element is the opportunity to use the tools Pilot on Open Research Data which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects OR  Data Management Plans (DMPs) detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Specific topics for the calls:

  • Exploiting the added value of climate services
  • Integrated European regional modelling and climate prediction system
  • Climate services market research
  • Towards a robust and comprehensive greenhouse gas verification system
  • A 1.5 million year look into the past for improving climate predictions
  • Pathways towards the decarbonisation and resilience of the European economy in the timeframe 2030-2050 and beyond
  • Coordinating and supporting research and innovation actions on the decarbonisation of the EU economy
  • Large-scale demonstrators on nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction
  • Operationalising insurance value of ecosystems
  • Multi-stakeholder dialogue platform to promote innovation with nature to address societal challenges
  • Supporting international cooperation activities on water
  • Novel in-situ observation systems
  • Coordination of citizens' observatories initiatives
  • European data hub of the GEOSS information system
  • Cultural heritage as a driver for sustainable growth
  • Innovative financing, business and governance models for adaptive re-use of cultural heritage
  • Support to confirmed Presidency events (conferences) – Malta, United Kingdom, Estonia
  • Support to confirmed Presidency event (conference) in Slovakia
  • Macro-economic and societal benefits from creating new markets in a circular economy
  • Pre-commercial procurement on soil decontamination
  • Preparing for pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and/or public procurement of innovative solutions (PPI) in support of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • Transformations to sustainability
  • Framework Partnership Agreement supporting Joint Actions towards a sustainable green economy in Europe and beyond
Link Link to Call
Thematic Focus Energy, Innovation, Climate, Sustainability, Environment & biodiversity, Natural ressources
Funding area EU Member States
Candidate Countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Norway / Norge
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Origin of Applicant EU Member States

Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / поранешна југословенска Република Македонија
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Switzerland / Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), NGO / NPO, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details

Depending on the activity under this call, the required number of partners is between one and 3 legal entities each of which is established in a different EU Member State or Horizon2020 associated country.

Due to the specific challenge of the topic Raw materials international co-operation, in addition to the minimum number of participants set out in the General Annexes, proposals shall include at least two participants from international partner countries.

Recurring Call unknown
Type of Funding Grant
Financial details The funding rate for Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) (SC5-26-2017) actions is limited to 90% of the total eligible costs (PCP is procurement
of R&D services) to leverage co-financing from the procurers.
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