The CBE Joint Undertaking allocates €215.5 million in its 2023 WP to advancing competitive circular bio-based industries in Europe across 18 topics.

Europe’s climate targets for 2030 and increasing Europe’s strategic autonomy are the twin objectives of the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) in the annual Work Programme for 2023 published recently. Approved projects from 18 topics will further circular and sustainable production in accordance with the European Green Deal.

An Info Day in Brussels is planned for 20 April 2023 and will also be available online. On the Info Day, the call for proposals will open with a deadline of 20 September 2023. Further details are provided in the link.

The call covers three broad areas of intervention: (i) innovation actions – flagship; (ii) innovation actions and (iii) research and innovation actions. Topics for submission will be published on the EU’s Funding and tenders portal.

Horizon Europe funds CBE JU with private investments supplementing each Euro of public funding committed.

Other partnerships that started already and are relevant to Plant Scientists include, for example, Biodiversity (the Biodversa+ call was published in 2022) under Horizon Europe cluster 6.

ERA4Health ( ), a new European Partnership under Horizon Europe in cluster 1, has recently started its activity, launched the first calls and its website. On 13 January 2023, ERA4Health has published its second call for proposals: Increasing health equity through promoting healthy diets and physical activity (HealthEquity), relevant to plant scientists – e.g. our Working Group on Nutritional Security. The submission deadline will be 14 March 2023. An info webinar on the call will be organised on 26 January.

More partnerships relevant to EPSO members are in preparation, such as the European Partnership accelerating farming systems transition: agroecology living labs and research infrastructures, and European Partnership on Safe and Sustainable Food Systems for people, plant & climate.

Whenever new Horizon Europe Work Programmes and calls are published, EPSO updates its Horizon Europe Briefing document for members.

Link: EPSO updated Brief on Horizon Europe Work programmes 2023-24, updated 17.1.2023


Karin Metzlaff, EPSO BE