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  1. Governance, partnership: Projects aimed at increasing the application of multilevel and transnational or cross-border governance, designing and testing appropriate governance structures and mechanisms. Also cooperation between public institutions on any theme.

    Innovation capacity and awareness-raising: Actions that increase a person’s or organisation’s capacity for innovation (not innovation as such), and that establish the capacity to diffuse and apply innovation; projects that stimulate innovation in different areas and innovation capacities; strengthening and empowering of innovation networks.

    Institutional cooperation and cooperation networks: Projects working on the improvement of institutional cross-border co-operation and capacities, on renewing and simplifying administrative management through long term cooperation between institutions (e.g. Euregion), on establishing and sharing regional knowledge and intercultural understanding and cohesion. It also deals with cooperations between universities, health care facilities, schools and sports organisations, as well as with management and capacity building.

    Activities focussing on agricultural products, organic farming, horticulture, as well as forest management and wood products; furthermore the development of the food sector, food chains, organic food production, and seafood products and any topics related to animals and fishing.

    Agriculture and fisheries and forestry: Projects focussing on agricultural products (i.e. fruits, meat, olives, etc.), organic farming, horticulture, as well as forest management and wood products. Also the development of the agro-food sector, food chains, organic food production, and seafood products. Any topics related to animals (i.e. health, management) and fishing (i.e. sustainable fishery, aquaculture).

    Soil and air quality: Projects that deal with any topic against soil and air pollution, except water pollution, for example, reduction of soil and air contamination, pollution-management systems, but also prevention and eradication of soil erosion, new ways of improving air quality (also indoors) and soil/air knowledge in general.

    Climate change and biodiversity projects assisting mitigation and adaption to climate change and environmental impacts of climate change. Development of low carbon technologies and strategies, reduction of CO2 emissions from all sectors. Promotion of biodiversity, new instruments to enhance biodiversity and natural protection.

    Soil and air quality projects that deal with any topic against soil and air pollution, except water pollution, for example, reduction of soil and air contamination, pollution-management systems, but also prevention and eradication of soil erosion, new ways of improving air quality (also indoors) and soil/air knowledge in general.

    Water management projects about management and distribution of drinking water, integrated sustainable water management, monitoring systems for water supply and improving drinking water quality; also water treatment (wastewater), in particular, innovative technologies to improve wastewater, treatments in the purification of industrial and domestic wastewater and water reuse policies. Waterways, lakes and rivers: This deals with any topics on waterways, lakes and rivers, from improving water quality, protecting and developing of ecosystems or sustainable wetland management.

    Activities that protect, promote and enhance cultural and natural heritage, increase the attractiveness through preservation and valorisation of common cultural and natural heritage in a sustainable manner, and improve and develop cultural and natural heritage objects, services and products. Cultural heritage management, art and culture, (maritime) heritage routes, access to cultural and natural heritage. Also all topics on cultural services such as festivals, concerts, art workshops.

    Cultural heritage and arts projects that protect, promote and enhance cultural and natural heritage, increase the attractiveness through preservation and valorisation of common cultural and natural heritage in a sustainable manner, and improve and develop cultural and natural heritage objects, services and products. Cultural heritage management, art and culture, (maritime) heritage routes, access to cultural and natural heritage. Also all topics on cultural services such as festivals, concerts, art workshops.

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    Sustainable management of natural resources projects focussing on the protection, promotion and valorization, and sustainable management and conservation of natural areas (habitats, geo parks, protected areas, etc.). Also projects focussing on preserving and enhancing cultural and natural heritage and landscape, as well as protecting the marine environment.

    Projects on waste management (innovative services and strategies), ecological waste treatment, treatment techniques/systems; waste disposal and recycling (improvement of recycling, innovative recycling technologies, recovery of organic waste, repair & re-use centres and networks); also prevention of pollution and pollution control (ecological and circular economy, marine littering, etc.).

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    Community integration and common identity projects that build identity, create a more cohesive society, promote positive relations through an increased provision of shared spaces and services.

    Demographic change and immigration is about projects tackling major societal challenges like demographic change in different areas and migration, in particular, aging society (active aging, best agers, silver economy strategies) and related new public services (adaptation of key services and infrastructure), social and spatial segregation, and brain drain. Also all topics on migration (policy tools, strategic planning, integration).

    All projects where ICT has a significant role, including tailor-made ICT solutions in different fields, as well as digital innovation hubs, open data, Internet of Things; ICT access and connecting (remote) areas with digital infrastructure and services; services and applications for citizens (e-health, e-government, e-learning, e-inclusion, etc.); services and applications for companies (e-commerce, networking, digital transformation, etc.).

    This is about the mitigation and management of risks and disasters, and the anticipation and response capacity towards the actors regarding specific risks and management of natural disasters, for example, prevention of flood and drought hazards, forest fire, strong weather conditions, etc.. It is also about risk assessment and safety.

    Education and training projects on expanding educational opportunities, reducing barriers in the field of education, improving higher education and lifelong learning, training and labour mobility, educational networks, higher vocational education, common learning programmes.

    Topics on energy management, energy-saving methods, evaluating energy efficiency measurements, energy rehabilitation/efficiency in buildings / public infrastructure, promotion of energy efficiency, cooperation among experienced energy efficiency firms, institutions and local administrations, co-generation.

    Projects focussing on wind, solar, biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal and other renewable energy, increasing the production of sustainable renewable energy and improving research capacities in biomass. Also projects focussing on storage and management of renewable energy, new technologies, sustainable regional bioenergy policies and financial Instruments for investments on renewable energy.

    Social projects concerning people with disabilities and excluded groups; enhancement of the capacity of children, young people, women and elderly; creation of infrastructure to improve access for disabled people, integration of socially vulnerable people; innovate in the care of victims of gender violence, social inclusion of women, etc.

    This deals with the development of health and social services and improved accessibility and efficiency for different groups (elderly, children, etc.). It is also about new healthcare models and medical diagnosis and treatments (dementia, cancer, diabetes, etc.), hospitals, care management, and rare diseases, as well as improving wellbeing and promoting sports.

    Projects about (organised) crime, efficient and secure borders, such as enhancing the effectiveness of the police in the prevention of drug crimes, the development of safety services, or tackling security and organised crime issues.

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    • Multimodal transport and logistics and freight transport focusing on using different means of transport, developing multimodal connections, optimising intermodal transport chains; offering multimodal logistics solutions and providing access to clean, efficient and multimodal transport corridors and hubs; establishing cooperation among logistic centres and developing multimodal mobility strategies.

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    • regional planning and development, such as the implementation of regional development policies/instruments and programmes, sustainable land use management plans, integrated regional action plans, spatial planning, and marine protected area management.
    • rural and peripheral development, referring to remote, sparsely populated areas, rural community development, and rural economics, in particular access to remote areas and policies for rural areas.
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EU Missions in Horizon Europe

Parent programHorizon Europe
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short description

The EU Missions are bold, inspiring and highly visible projects for citizens, demonstrating the added value of European investment in research and innovation. They are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges. EU Missions have ambitious goals that are time-bound, realistic, measurable and targeted and will deliver concrete results by 2030.

Rooted in research and innovation, missions aim to tackle societal challenges with systemic solutions, leading to societal transformations and social impact.


program objectives

Five mission areas have been included in the Horizon Europe Regulation (Adaptation to Climate Change, including Societal Transformation; Cancer; Healthy Ocean, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters; Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities; Soil Health and Food). In 2021, Missions went through an initial preparatory phase, during which implementations plans were developed. These included detailed objectives, specific interventions, investment strategy and performance indicators for each mission. In summer 2021, the implementation plans have been assessed against objective criteria and all five proposed EU Missions have now entered their full implementation:

The aim of this mission is to prepare Europe to cope with climate change by 2030. The aim is to enable the transition to a healthy and prosperous future without exhausting the earth's ecological limits. The basis for this is social transformation that strengthens social resilience.

The mission "Beating Cancer" aims to save more than 3 million lives by 2030 and to improve the life expectancy and quality of life of people affected by cancer. Through a better understanding of cancer and improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment, it aims to improve the quality of life of all people affected and ensure equitable access to cancer treatment across Europe.

By 2030, oceans and waters are cleaned of pollution, degraded ecosystems and habitats are restored and the economy iscarbon neutral in line with the concept of the "Blue Economy". The aim of this mission is to make the essential goods and services that we obtain or derive from our oceans and waters usable in a sustainable manner.

100 European cities will be supported and promoted as "living labs" for experiments and innovations on the path to climate neutrality as part of this mission.

By 2030, 100 living labs and lighthouses are established to lead the transition to healthy soils. Through the Soil Mission, Europe is able to continue to provide essential ecosystem services that we depend on if we want healthy food and healthy nature.

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Expected effects and impacts

Missions will continue to help deliver key EU policy priorities such as such as the European Green Deal, Europe fit for the Digital Age, Beating Cancer and the New European Bauhaus. For instance, Mission Climate is a concrete element of the new Climate Adaptation Strategy, Mission Cancer of the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the Mission Soil is a flagship initiative of the Long-term Vision for the EU’s Rural Areas.

To achieve their goals and promote societal change, missions will implement the reuse and reproducibility of research results such as FAIR research data and open access to scientific publications. Also, the missions will closely involve citizens in their implementation and monitoring throughout their duration, also showcasing the added value of the EU.

EU Missions are a coordinated effort by the Commission to pool the necessary resources in terms of policies and regulations, as well as other activities. They also aim to mobilise and activate public and private actors, such as EU Member States, regional and local authorities, research institutes, farmers and land managers, entrepreneurs and investors to create real and lasting impact. Missions engage with citizens to boost societal uptake of new solutions and approaches.

EU Missions support Europe’s transformation into a greener, healthier, more inclusive and resilient continent. They aim to bring tangible benefits to people in Europe and engage Europeans in their design, implementation and monitoring.

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Regions / countries for fundingEU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan), Belarus (Беларусь), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Iceland (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), New Zealand (Aotearoa), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
eligible entities
Education and training institution,  Research Institution incl. University,  Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs),  International organization,  Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit),  Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME),  Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO),  Other
Mandatory partnershipYes
Project Partnership

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:

  • the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
  • the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States
  • third countries associated to Horizon Europe - see list of particpating countries

Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:

  • at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
  • at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.

Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.

A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.

Specific cases:

  • Affiliated entities — Affiliated entities (i.e. entities with a legal or capital link to a beneficiary which participate in the action with similar rights and obligations to the beneficiaries, but which do not sign the grant agreement and therefore do not become beneficiaries themselves) are allowed, if they are eligible for participation and funding.
  • Associated partners — Associated partners (i.e. entities which participate in the action without signing the grant agreement, and without the right to charge costs or claim contributions) are allowed, subject to any conditions regarding associated partners set out in the specific call conditions.
  • Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees to protect the EU’s financial interests equivalent to those offered by legal persons.
  • EU bodies — Legal entities created under EU law including decentralised agencies may be part of the consortium, unless provided for otherwise in their basic act.
  • Joint Research Centre (‘JRC’)— Where provided for in the specific call conditions, applicants may include in their proposals the possible contribution of the JRC but the JRC will not participate in the preparation and submission of the proposal. Applicants will indicate the contribution that the JRC could bring to the project based on the scope of the topic text. After the evaluation process, the JRC and the consortium selected for funding may come to an agreement on the specific terms of the participation of the JRC. If an agreement is found, the JRC may accede to the grant agreement as beneficiary requesting zero funding or participate as an associated partner, and would accede to the consortium as a member.
  • Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members (e.g. European research infrastructure consortia (ERICs)) may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. However, if the action is in practice implemented by the individual members, those members should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible.

Additional information

Topics Administration & Governance, Institutional Capacity & Cooperation,  Agriculture & Forestry, Fishery, Food, Soil quality,  Air Quality, Biodiversity & Environment, Climate & Climate Change, Water quality & management,  Circular Economy, Natural Resources,  Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT,  Disaster Prevention, Resilience, Risk Management,  Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy ,  Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion,  Health, Social Services, Sports,  Mobility & Transport,  Rural & Urban Development/Planning
Relevance for EU Macro-RegionEUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
Program documents Work Programme 2023-2025 - Missions (2860kB)
ContactEU Missions in Horizon Europe

Open calls

A European Social Innovation Advisory Network in support of EU Mission Objectives
18.04.2024 - 25.09.2024

Accessible and affordable tests to advance early detection of heritable cancers in European regions
18.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

An information portal for the European Cancer Patient Digital Centre
18.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Assessment of Soil Health in Africa
08.05.2024 - 08.10.2024

Atlantic and Arctic sea basin lighthouse, Mediterranean Sea basin lighthouse, Baltic and North Sea basin lighthouse - Reducing the environmental impacts of fisheries on marine species and habitats
23.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Bringing available and actionable solutions for climate adaptation to the knowledge of the regions and local authorities
24.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Bringing together the national level with the engaged regional and local levels (multi-level governance)
24.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Co-creating solutions for soil health in Living Labs
08.05.2024 - 08.10.2024

Community-led actions to restore our ocean, seas and waters
23.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Danube river basin lighthouse – Protection and restoration of migratory fish habitats
23.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Demonstration of approaches by regions and local authorities focused on increasing climate resilience of the most vulnerable social groups (just climate resilience)
24.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Demonstration of approaches to improve bankability of solutions by design, addressing the co-benefits (mitigation and adaptation) to improve revenues streams
24.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Demonstration of solutions specifically suited to rural areas and small/ medium size population local communities
24.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Develop and refine outcome indicators to measure progress on climate resilience at national, regional and local levels, including knowledge and feedback developed from the Mission
24.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Development of high spatial-resolution monitoring approaches and geographically-explicit registry for carbon farming
08.05.2024 - 08.10.2024

European Blue Parks – Offshore marine protected areas
23.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Exploiting the potential of secondary bio-based products
07.05.2024 - 19.09.2024

Framework Partnership Agreement for a European Networked Catalyst Fund for Social Innovation in Support of the Missions
18.04.2024 - 25.09.2024

Harnessing the multifunctional potential of soil biodiversity for healthy cropping systems
08.05.2024 - 08.10.2024

Improve design for transformative approaches and build local capacity for implementation of available solutions focused on climate adaptation
24.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Improving the understanding and management of late-effects in adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer
18.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Living Labs in urban areas for healthy soils
08.05.2024 - 08.10.2024

Managing forest peatsoils
08.05.2024 - 08.10.2024

New governance models for the co-design and co-construction of public spaces in neighbourhoods by communities
07.05.2024 - 19.09.2024

Our Blue Future – Co-designing a future vision of a restored ocean and water system in the EU by 2030 and 2050
23.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Research the complex interplay between the climate and biodiversity crises towards more systemic approaches and solutions
24.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Science for Community – Building the marine Citizen Science data network of the future to valorise data coming from the ocean and increase engagement
23.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Setting up a New European Bauhaus hub for results and impact
07.05.2024 - 19.09.2024

Soil health, pollinators and key ecosystem functions
08.05.2024 - 08.10.2024

Support a pragmatic clinical trial programme by cancer charities
18.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Support dialogue towards the development of national cancer data nodes
18.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Support for the Coalition of waterfront cities, regions and islands for Mission Ocean and Waters
23.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Supporting national, regional and local authorities across Europe to prepare for the transition towards climate neutrality within cities
16.05.2024 - 05.09.2024

Systemic and cross-sectoral solutions for climate resilience, tailored to the local needs of regions and local authorities
24.04.2024 - 18.09.2024

Systems to quantify nitrogen fluxes and uncertainties in European landscapes
08.05.2024 - 08.10.2024

Towards a dynamic monitoring system to assess status and spatiotemporal changes of soil erosion at European scale
08.05.2024 - 08.10.2024

Use cases for the research data platform
18.04.2024 - 18.09.2024