Individual research projects 

There are no remaining open calls for individual researchers in the Horizon 2020 programme. 

Collaborative research projects 

The majority of funding through H2020 is offered for collaborative research projects, typically requiring a minimum of three Member State or Associate Country partners to be involved in one consortium. Calls are organised around a series of thematic sections which produce annual Work Programmes. Despite the thematic organisation many calls allow for, or even mandate, an interdisciplinary approach.

Most collaborative research calls under Horizon 2020 have now closed. There is one major opportunity still open, the Green Deal Call, worth €1 billion, which has been launched on the 18th of September seeks to spur Europe's recovery from the coronavirus crisis by turning green challenges into innovation opportunities.

This Green Deal Call differs in important aspects from previous Horizon 2020 calls. 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 will reflect the key work streams of the European Green Deal:

  • Increasing climate ambition
  • Clean, affordable and secure energy
  • Industry for a clean and circular economy
  • Energy and resource efficient buildings
  • Sustainable and smart mobility
  • Farm to fork
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Zero-pollution, toxic-free environments

Additionally, two horizontal areas - strengthening knowledge and empowering citizens - will offer a longer-term perspective in aiming to achieve the transformations set out in the European Green Deal, building knowledge systems and infrastructures.

The deadline for submissions is 26 January 2021, with selected projects expected to start in autumn 2021.

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Dr. Beate Knight Research Development Manager, EU and International
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