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News article15 June 20212 min read

The European Commission selects 40 research projects for funding to contribute to the EU’s sustainable future

The projects will share nearly €428 million EU funding to provide concrete innovative solutions to achieve the European Green Deal’s main priorities.

Some of the selected projects are expected to provide innovative solutions to protect forests from wildfires, restore biodiversity and achieve zero pollution in order to safeguard health, the environment and natural resources from mobile chemicals.

Other projects are expected to further explore the seas and oceans, advance on the sustainability of food production and consumption, and to involve citizens in the change towards a greener Europe.

The selected projects will receive nearly €428 million of EU funding under the EU’s Horizon 2020 European Green Deal call, whose major aim is to build a low carbon, climate resilient future.

How were the projects selected?

All projects were selected in a competitive call for proposals, which opened on 22 September 2020. See details in the table below.

In total, 984 proposals were submitted by the call deadline (27 January 2021).

The selected projects received the highest marks in a peer evaluation run by the European Research Executive Agency (REA) with the help of external experts.

Next steps

Grant agreements are now being prepared so that the new projects could start their research in the last quarter of 2021.

The Green Deal call

These 40 projects are to be managed by REA in collaboration with the European Commission’s Directorates General ‘Research and Innovation’, ‘Agriculture and Rural Development’ and ‘Environment’ regarding the policy-related aspects. 

They are part of the 72 projects selected by the European Commission and funded by the €1 billion 2020 Green Deal call.


Number of selected projects and invested budget for the topics managed by REA:

Topic identifier Topic Action type Number of selected projects Budget (million €)*
LC-GD-1-1-2020-1 Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative means IA 3 59
LC-GD-1-1-2020-2 Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative means CSA 1 3
LC-GD-3-2-2020 Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economy IA 4 61
LC-GD-6-1-2020 Testing and Demonstrating Systemic Innovations in Support of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy IA 7 69
LC-GD-7-1-2020 Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services IA 4 82
LC-GD-8-1-2020 Innovative, systemic zero-pollution solutions to protect health, environment and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicals RIA 3 35
LC-GD-8-2-2020 Fostering regulatory science to address combined exposures to industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals: from science to evidence-based policies RIA 3 16
LC-GD-9-1-2020 European Research Infrastructures capacities and services to address European Green Deal challenges RIA 3 28
LC-GD-9-3-2020 Transparent & Accessible Seas and Oceans: Towards a Digital Twin of the Ocean IA 1 17
LC-GD-10-1-2020 European Capacities for Citizen Deliberation and Participation for the Green Deal RIA 2 11
LC-GD-10-2-2020 Behavioural, Social and Cultural change for the Green Deal RIA 2 10
LC-GD-10-3-2020 Enabling citizens to act on climate change, for sustainable development and environmental IA 7 34



Publication date
15 June 2021