The European Commission has decided to launch a €1 billion call for research and innovation projects that respond to the climate crisis and help protect Europe's unique ecosystems and biodiversity. The deadline for submissions is 26 January 2021, with selected projects expected to start in autumn 2021.

Programme description

Given the urgency of the challenges it addresses, it aims for clear, discernible results in the short to medium-term, but with a perspective of long-term change. There are fewer, but more targeted, larger and visible actions, with a focus on rapid scalability, dissemination and uptake.

The projects funded under this call are expected to deliver results with tangible benefits in ten areas:

Eight thematic areas reflecting the key work streams of the European Green Deal:

  1. Increasing climate ambition
  2. Clean, affordable and secure energy
  3. Industry for a clean and circular economy
  4. Energy and resource efficient buildings
  5. Sustainable and smart mobility
  6. Farm to fork
  7. Biodiversity and ecosystems
  8. Zero-pollution, toxic-free environments

And two horizontal areas – strengthening knowledge and empowering citizens, which offer a longer-term perspective in achieving the transformations set out in the European Green Deal.


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Horizon 2020

Announcing Institution / Financing Institution

European Commission

Amount of contribution

The whole budget of the call consists of €1 billion

Types of eligible costs

As a basic rule, to be eligible, costs must be:
 Actual and incurred by the beneficiary
 Incurred during the project duration (except for costs of the final report)
 Indicated in the estimated budget in Annex 2 (budget of the action)
 Incurred in connection with the action as described in Annex 1 (proposal description)
 Reasonable and justified, and compliant with the principle of sound financial management
 Identifiable and verifiable, in particular recorded in the beneficiary’s account (according to
accounting standards of the beneficiary’s country and to usual cost accounting practices).
Five cost categories are considered:
A. Direct personnel costs
B. Direct costs of subcontracting
C. Costs of providing financial support to third parties
D. Other direct costs
 Travel costs and related subsistence allowances
 Depreciation costs of equipment, infrastructure and assets or costs of renting and
leasing equipment, infrastructure and asset
  Costs of other goods and services
  Capitalised and operating costs of large research infrastructure
E. Indirect costs

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