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Cluster 6: Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment

Policy, strategy, how to apply and work programmes.

Policy and strategy

This cluster aims at reducing environmental degradation, halting and reversing the decline of biodiversity on land, inland waters and sea and better managing natural resources through transformative changes of the economy and society in both urban and rural areas.

It will ensure food and nutrition security for all within planetary boundaries through knowledge, innovation and digitalisation in agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and food systems and steer and accelerate the transition to a low carbon, resource efficient circular economy and sustainable bioeconomy, including forestry.

Research and innovation activities under cluster 6 will contribute to the objectives of the European Green Deal related to the Biodiversity Strategy to 2030, the Farm to Fork strategy, the European Climate Pact and initiatives under sustainable industry and eliminating pollution, as well as the long-term vision for rural areas, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The expected impacts of this cluster are contained in the Horizon Europe strategic plan.

Areas of intervention

  • environmental observation
  • biodiversity and natural resources
  • agriculture, forestry and rural areas
  • seas, oceans and inland waters
  • food systems
  • bio-based innovation systems in the EU's bioeconomy 
  • circular systems

Policy information

Research area: Environment

Research area: Biodiversity

Research area: Environmental observation

Research area: Agriculture, forestry and rural areas

Research area: Oceans and seas

Research area: Food systems

Mission area: Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation

Mission area: Healthy oceans, seas and inland waters

Mission area: Soil health and food

Candidates for European Partnerships in this cluster

Apply for funding

All funding information and details on how to apply are on the Funding and Tenders portal

Work programme

Funding opportunities under Horizon Europe are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available.

2023 - 24

Commission work programme16 November 2022
Horizon Europe Work programme (2023-24) - Cluster 6 (draft)

This draft has not been adopted or endorsed by the European Commission. Any views expressed are the views of the Commission services and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the Commission.
This draft is made public before the adoption of the work programme to provide potential participants with the currently expected main lines of this work programme. Only the adopted work programme will have legal value.
The adoption of the work programme will be announced on the Horizon Europe website and on the Funding and Tenders Portal.
Information and topic descriptions indicated in this draft may not appear in the final work programme; and likewise, new elements may be introduced at a later stage. Any information disclosed by any other party shall not be construed as having been endorsed by or affiliated to the Commission.
The Commission expressly disclaims liability for any future changes of the content of this document.

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2021 - 22

Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment work programme


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