Topics on farm to fork, biodiversity and ecosystem services, zero-pollution and toxic-free environments, wildfire prevention, end-user products and citizen information could be relevant to plant scientists to team up with other disciplines and sectors.

The EPSO briefing on the EU Green Deal Call will help our members navigating this new call which differs in important aspects from previous Horizon 2020 calls. There are fewer, but more targeted, larger and visible actions, with a focus on rapid scalability, dissemination and uptake.  These should help pave the way for innovations in the ‘Horizon Europe’ Research and Innovation programme (2021-2027).

The formal adoption of the European Green Deal call as amendment to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020,  under the pillar Societal Challenges, was published on 17 September 2020 as update to the “Cross-cutting activities” Work Programme (starting on p. 62). It has a total budget of €983 million.

Deadline for submissions of proposals is 26 January 2021, with selected projects expected to start in autumn 2021.

All calls apply a one stage proposal submission procedure.

The 6 calls possibly relevant to plant scientists are under the following areas:

  • Area 1: Increasing climate ambition: cross sectoral challenges

LC-GD-1-1-2020: Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative means (IA, CSA)

  •  Area 6: Farm to fork

LC-GD-6-1-2020: Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations in support of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy

 Area 7: Biodiversity and ecosystem services

LC-GD-7-1-2020: Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services (IA)

  • Area 8: Zero-pollution, toxic-free environments

LC-GD-8-1-2020: Innovative, systemic zero-pollution solutions to protect health, environment, and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicals (RIA)

  • Area 9: Strengthening our knowledge in support of the EGD

LC-GD-9-2-2020: Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigation (RIA)

  • Area 10: Empowering citizens for the transition towards a climate neutral, sustainable Europe

LC-GD-10-3-2020: Enabling citizens to act on climate change, for sustainable development and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic engagement (IA)

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Sources: EC, EPSO

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