Research and innovation driving transformative change
Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to modernise the EU’s economy and society and re-orient them towards a just and sustainable future.
Research and innovation will play a central role in
- accelerating and navigating the necessary transitions
- deploying, demonstrating and de-risking solutions
- engaging citizens in social innovation
Funding and support
On the Funding and Tenders Portal you can find funding information and apply for Horizon Europe calls for proposal.
The Commission made €1 billion available under the Green Deal call - the last and biggest call under Horizon 2020. The 73 projects selected for funding under the call will contribute to the EU’s response to the climate crisis and help protect Europe’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. On the Green Deal Projects website you can follow how projects collaborate to reach the goals of the European Green Deal.
Horizon Europe is the EU's research and innovation programme (2021-2027).
Its powerful instruments and innovative governance are set to drive the necessary systemic changes to reach climate neutrality and ensure an inclusive ecological and economic transition.
In synergy with other EU programmes, Horizon Europe is key to leveraging national public and private investment. Together, they foster new technologies, sustainable solutions and disruptive innovation and spread successful new solutions across Europe and the world.
Over 35% of Horizon Europe spending is allocated to address climate change.
Horizon Europe includes a new wave of research and innovation partnerships.
Partnerships will help drive the huge transformations in environment, society and the economy that the European Green Deal calls for.
The EU works closely with industry and countries to support partnerships in critical areas such as transport - including batteries - clean hydrogen, low-carbon steel, circular biobased sectors, the built environment and biodiversity.
EU missions in Horizon Europe are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges. They have ambitious goals and will deliver concrete results by 2030.
At the same time, they aim to capture citizens' imagination and inspire confidence in the transformations ahead.
4 out of the 5 mission areas in Horizon Europe directly support the European Green Deal
- Restore our ocean and waters
- Climate-neutral and smart cities
- A soil deal for Europe
- Adaptation to climate change and societal transformation
Green research and innovation rules
To deliver on the European Green Deal, a careful assessment, analysis and design of existing and future legislation is necessary. At the same time, it is important to leave room for new and out-of-the-box ideas to reach a sustainable future more quickly and more effectively.
The Innovation Principle approach can be a useful tool in this regard.
Battery development and production are strategic imperatives for the European Union in the context of the clean energy transition. Batteries will help shift the energy system away from fossil fuels, by fostering electric mobility and stationary storage for renewable energy.
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Today, the Commission has published the final report of its European Green Deal Call project “Citizen Voices for the EU Climate Transition”.
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Information event for the research and innovation community in the areas of energy, mobility, transport and Euratom
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EU research and innovation support to reduce our dependency on materials and accelerate the roll-out of the EU’s strategic net-zero technologies
On 16 March the European Commission has launched the Critical Raw Materials Act and the Net Zero Industry Act