The European Commission received 40 proposals in response to the Horizon Europe Mission Soil call with a deadline of 24 March.
With the 2021 soil mission call for proposals, the European Commission aims to fund projects that help to lay the foundations for a structured roll-out of mission activities. This will set out a credible pathway to contribute to the mission’s goal and objectives.
Applicants to the call were asked to submit project proposals, explaining how their research could contribute to the creation of a new generation of soil advisors for the future establishment of soil health living labs across Europe.
Applicants could also propose how they would raise awareness of the value of investing in soil health and its co-benefits for society. All this while involving different societal actors.
The total available budget is €62 million for the eight different topics open for the submission of proposals. Twelve projects are expected to be funded.
The evaluation of the eligible proposals will start in the beginning of April with the support of external independent evaluators drawn from the European Commission database of experts.
Applicants will be informed of the results of their application in June 2022. The funded projects should start their activities as of December 2022.
The Mission: ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ and Horizon Europe
Research and innovation is crucial to co-create knowledge and to demonstrate scale up and replicate existing and new solutions.
Horizon Europe will invest €320 million from 2021 to 2023 to support the implementation of the mission. REA will be at the forefront of its implementation, managing EU-funded research and innovation projects suggesting solutions to the EU’s current soil challenges.
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