The European Commission has decided to announce a call in the value of one billion EUR for research and innovation projects geared at overcoming the climate crisis and protect the unique European ecosystems and biodiversity. The call within the framework of the European Green Plan will be financed from the program Horizon 2020 and will be aimed at the recovery of Europe from the crisis caused by the corona virus by transforming green challenges into opportunities for innovations.
This call differs in significant aspects from previous calls within the framework of Horizon 2020. Given that the program is an attempt to solve pressing problems, the goal is to achieve clear and tangible results in the short and medium terms with prospects for long term solutions. Smaller-scale measures will also be implemented but they will be targeted, more comprehensive, and visible with emphasis on accelerated adaptability, expansion, and acceptance of results.
The projects that will bring results and tangible benefits in ten fields will be selected for financing.
Eight topical fields are a reflection of the key elements of the European Green Plan:
- Enhancement of climate ambitions
- Securing the supply of clean and cost accessible energy
- Industry for clean and circular economy
- Energy and energy efficient buildings
- Sustainable and sensible mobility
- Strategy “from field to table”
- Biodiversity and ecosystems
- Zero rate of pollution, non-toxic environment
The deadline for submitting applications is January 26th, 2021 and the implementation of selected projects should begin in the Autumn of 2021.