Horizon 2020 Environment

Provides 1 - 5M € in subsidies for research, development, and demonstration within:

About Horizon 2020 Environment

With support from Horizon 2020 you will be able to conduct international research projects in support of EU policies for the environment. With a successful application of the program, companies will receive:

  • 1-5M EUR for technology and product development
  • IPR - Intellectual Property Rights
  • Network of partners for development
  • Access to new markets
  • Technology and knowledge transfer

The purpose of Horizon 2020 Environment is to increase European competitiveness and create new jobs.

Possibilities with Horizon 2020 Environment

Horizon 2020 Environment offers opportunities for SMEs as well as large companies, regardless of industry and technological level. It offers interesting possibilities for traditional production companies as well as high-tech companies; the key factor is that the company is facing a technological challenge or has a project idea for the solution of a technological/societal challenge. With Horizon 2020 Environment, the company can receive co-financing from the EU for project research and development.

Horizon 2020 Environmental calls will be offered to projects within the following categories (see current calls below):

  • Waste: Reduction and recycling of food waste, raw materials and agricultural bi-products, waste management in urban development, etc.
  • Water: Integration of water and climate change, commercialization etc.
  • Climate: Air quality improvement, ecosystem restoration, soil decontamination, environmental management and resource protection, sustainable production, eco-innovation, etc.

Requirements for Horizon 2020 Environment

There are three primary requirements for a project to be eligible for support from Horizon 2020 Environment:

  • Height of Innovation - the project/technology must be novel and solve a European problem (e.g. energy, production, environment, strengthen European competitiveness)
  • Large market potential or socioeconomic impact - min. 100M EUR over 5 years.
  • The project demands three partners from three countries.

Upcoming deadlines

Below are the upcoming deadlines for Horizon 2020 Environment. Expect 1-2 months for the proposal writing process.

27
feb
2018

Climate change is likely to make it harder to address inter alia poverty, disease, food and water insecurity in Europe. Rising temperatures and changing precipitation will affect the availability of food, energy and water, leading to likely increased volatility in food prices, and heightened regional tensions, affecting international stability and security.

Actions should address only one of the following sub-topics: 1) Actions should review, report and progress on the current state-of-the art knowledge on the links between climate change and impacts on human health in Europe that have thus far been poorly addressed or understood; 2) Actions should consider how direct and indirect impacts beyond European borders will affect supply and value chains of relevance for the European economy and society.

27
feb
2018

European historic areas and their surroundings, both in urban and rural environments, are increasingly affected by climate-change and various natural hazard events. 

Actions should establish how to implement the principle of building back better and safer in carrying out sustainable reconstruction and recovery interventions of historic areas where damage has occurred, thus rendering them more socially, economically and environmentally resilient, and/or should establish how to proactively enhance the resilience of these areas so that they will better cope with future disasters.

27
feb
2018

Better understanding of the key processes controlling the climate-Earth system is fundamental in order to further improve climate projections, reduce uncertainty in climate sensitivity calculations, enhance understanding of frequency and strength of extreme weather events, and assess more accurately the impacts of climate change related to the proximity, rate, reversibility and tipping points of abrupt climate change, and the identification of safe operating spaces.

Actions should address only one of the following sub-topics: Improving the understanding of key climate processes for reducing uncertainty in climate projections and predictions; Or tipping points.

27
feb
2018

In recent years, India and Europe have collaborated extensively to enhance and enrich each other's technological and scientific knowledge and management capacities to cope with increasing stress on water resources.

This action should develop new and/or adapt the most suitable existing innovative and affordable solutions for Indian conditions, both in urban and rural areas, addressing several broad challenges.

27
feb
2018

Reuse and recycling of many secondary raw materials continues to be low in the EU, while landfill and incineration rates remain high. The uptake and recyclability of secondary raw materials can be hampered by the presence of undesirable contaminants, additives and even substances of concern.

Actions should develop innovative solutions for removing undesirable substances from secondary raw materials. The substances in question could be those posing health or environmental risks and/or those whose presence could adversely affect the quality of the secondary raw material.

27
feb
2018

Given resource constrains, lengthening the lifetime of products can play a major role in moving towards a circular economy. However, products may be designed in a way that adversely affects their lifetime or prevents upgradability.

The objective is to prepare an independent testing programme to help identify issues related to premature obsolescence. The programme could be used by relevant stakeholders, such as, for instance, testing bodies, consumer organisations or product designers. It should focus on a group of consumer products for which the issue of obsolescence, including aspects such as the possibility of repair, upgrade and reuse, is important from the resource efficiency point of view.

27
feb
2018

Cities struggle in their transition to implement a full circular economy model incorporating regenerative practices. There is a clear need for cities to become circular in order to alter urban consumption patterns and value chains, and to stimulate innovation, business opportunities, and job creation in both established and newly created sectors.

Actions should demonstrate how cities can be transformed into centres of circular innovation and stimulate regenerative practices in both urban and peri-urban areas (including the surrounding industrial areas and commercial ports).

27
feb
2018

Securing the sustainable access to raw materials, including metals, industrial minerals and construction raw materials, and particularly Critical Raw Materials (CRM), is of high importance for the EU economy.

Actions should develop sustainable systemic solutions through industrially- and userdriven multidisciplinary consortia covering the relevant value chain of non-energy, nonagricultural raw materials.

27
feb
2018

Securing the sustainable access to raw materials, including metals, industrial minerals, wood- and rubber-based, construction and forest-based raw materials, and particularly Critical Raw Materials (CRM), is of high importance for the EU economy.

Actions should develop and demonstrate innovative pilots for the clean and sustainable production of non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials in the EU from primary and/or secondary sources.

27
feb
2018

Securing sustainable access to raw materials, including metals, industrial minerals and construction raw materials, and particularly Critical Raw Materials (CRM), is of high importance for the EU economy. However, the EU is confronted with a number oftechnological challenges along the entire production value chain of primary and secondary raw materials.

All actions should develop sustainable and resource-efficient solutions through industrially- and user-driven multidisciplinary consortia covering the relevant value chain of non-energy non-agricultural raw materials.

27
feb
2018

Modern information and communication technologies (ICT) have provided today’s society with a vast array of innovative capabilities to solve several challenges related to resource efficiency, climate change and sustainable development. However, several challenges related to interoperability and standardisation, collection, protection and sharing of data between users, services and infrastructures, intelligent smart metering, integration with other systems, ICT governance and public awareness and acceptance, are hampering the potential of those technologies.

Actions should develop and test new, robust and cybersecure systems, linking the physical and digital world to ensure tailored, water-smart solutions, to exploit the value of data for the water sector and to foster higher information transparency and accountability.

27
feb
2018

Unsustainable, non-resilient urbanisation patterns, the expansion or neglect of urban areas have caused the fragmentation, depletion and destruction of habitats, biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystems and their services.

Actions should develop models, tools, decision support systems, methodologies, strategies, guidelines, standards and approaches for the design, construction, deployment and monitoring of nature-based solutions and restoration, rehabilitation and maintenance measures for urban and peri-urban ecosystems and the ecological coherence and integrity of cities.

27
feb
2018

In order to accelerate the uptake of open Earth observation (EO) data and information for the benefit of Europe, there is a need to develop a coordinated and comprehensive EO data exploitation initiative within the larger GEOSS landscape. The challenge is to demonstrate the effective use of European EO resources (including space, airborne, in-situ measurements and citizen observations).

This action should be an application-oriented initiative, aimed at showcasing and promoting existing European 'GEOSS' actions and scaling them up to deliver services relying on existing strengths in Europe.

27
feb
2018

To help mitigate the risks related to earthquakes, citizens need additional protection that goes beyond building codes and retrofitting actions. Early warning approaches and operational earthquake forecasting, which are under development, need to be seen in a Europe-wide perspective, building on improved, dense, robust and high quality seismic networks and new processing tools and activities.

Actions should enable an effective, real time seismic risk reduction capacity, and the improvement of current observational capabilities, present forecasting modelling and testingvalidation capabilities, also accounting for their uncertainties.

19
feb
2019

Most low-carbon pathways leading to well below 2°C (or 1.5°C) stabilisation of the global temperature – in line with the Paris Agreement goals – include net negative emissions to compensate for residual emissions and temperature overshoot and highlight the critical role of land-use based mitigation. There is therefore a need to quantitatively assess the potential, effectiveness and impacts of negative emission technologies/practices and of land-use mitigation options.

The proposed action should address only one of the following sub-topics: Feasibility of negative emissions for climate stabilisation; Or land-based mitigation.

19
feb
2019

As climatic changes increasingly place populations under pressure, human beings are already adapting. However, less developed countries, particularly in Africa, are often less resilient to climate change, which requires the deployment of appropriate support to adaptation, including in the form of bespoke climate services tailored to users' needs.

Actions should address only one of the following sub-topics: Climate services for Africa; Or climate and human migration.

19
feb
2019

The Paris Agreement notes the importance of taking action to ensure the integrity of all ecosystems and the protection of biodiversity in the context of combatting climate change and adapting to its impacts.

Actions should investigate at all relevant spatial and temporal scales the way that ecological processes, biodiversity (including terrestrial and/or marine ecosystems as appropriate) and ecosystem services are impacted, both directly and indirectly, by climate change.

19
feb
2019

Globally, glaciers and the large ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland are particularly vulnerable to climate change, risking a significant future contribution to changes in sea levels.

Actions should aim at developing innovative approaches to address only one of the following sub-topics: Sea level changes (Research and Innovation action); Or changes in Arctic biodiversity (Research and Innovation action).

19
feb
2019

There is a growing demand for water from various economic activities and increasing stress on natural water sources.

Actions should demonstrate the feasibility of a 'water smart' economy and society in which all available water resources, including surface, groundwater, waste water, and process water, are managed in such a way as to avoid water scarcity and pollution, increase resilience to climate change, appropriately manage water-related risks, and ensure that all valuable substances that could be obtained from waste water treatment processes, or are embedded in used water streams, are recovered.

19
feb
2019

Securing the sustainable access to raw materials, including metals, industrial minerals and construction raw materials, and particularly Critical Raw Materials (CRM), is of high importance for the EU economy. 

Actions should develop innovative pilots demonstrating clean and sustainable production, including exploration, of non-energy non-agricultural raw materials in the EU from primary and/or secondary sources.

19
feb
2019

It is estimated that by 2050 up to 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. Urbanisation affects human health and well-being through factors such as exposure to pollutants, including noise, disasters, stressors and diseases related to climate change, urban density, lack of physical activity, degraded ecosystems and erosion of natural capital.

Actions should deliver visionary and integrated solutions (e.g. therapy gardens, urban living rooms, creative streets, city farms) at the intersection of social, cultural, digital and nature-based innovation to increase citizens' health and well-being in cities.

19
feb
2019

The challenge faced today is to move from stand-alone observation data supply activities to more downstream integrated information services addressing citizens' needs directly within the context of their day-to-day lives.

Actions should address only one of the following sub-topics: Coordination of European innovators in the domain of Earth observation (Coordination and Support Action); Or designing Earth observation services and products of the future, building on GEOSS and Copernicus assets (Innovation Action).

19
feb
2019

Over the past decades, abandonment and decay of urban, industrial and rural heritage has occurred in many historic urban areas and cultural landscapes due to
reduction of economic activities and closing down of industries. This has led to unemployment, disengagement and economic stagnation.

Actions should develop, demonstrate and document strategies, approaches and solutions to re-activate and re-generate historic urban areas and/or cultural landscapes. They should foster innovation by relevant start-ups, cultural and creative industries.

27
feb
2019

Under the Paris Agreement (PA), Parties of the UNFCCC have to submit and periodically update Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which represent their undertaking to pursue the objectives the Agreement. Parties have also committed to formulate and communicate their mid-century low greenhouse gas emission development strategies by 2020.

The proposed action should address only one of the following: Supporting the design and assessment of climate policies; Or Improving Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs).

05
mar
2019

The aim of this topic is to develop innovative EGNSS applications to support societal resilience, safeguard the well-being of EU citizens, improve emergency and disaster management as a response to climate-related, natural and man-made disasters and ensure green growth that protects the environment while generating economic growth. The challenge is to make these applications more affordable, easy to use and integrated with other solutions and technologies, including for example earth observation, e .g. Copernicus services, in order to enable new targeted innovative solutions.

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