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European Research Executive Agency
News article15 June 2021

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 identifierTopicAction typeNumber of selected projectsBudget (million €)*
LC-GD-1-1-2020-1Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative meansIA359
LC-GD-1-1-2020-2Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative meansCSA13
LC-GD-3-2-2020Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economyIA461
LC-GD-6-1-2020Testing and Demonstrating Systemic Innovations in Support of the Farm-to-Fork StrategyIA769
LC-GD-7-1-2020Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem servicesIA482
LC-GD-8-1-2020Innovative, systemic zero-pollution solutions to protect health, environment and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicalsRIA335
LC-GD-8-2-2020Fostering regulatory science to address combined exposures to industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals: from science to evidence-based policiesRIA316
LC-GD-9-1-2020European Research Infrastructures capacities and services to address European Green Deal challengesRIA328
LC-GD-9-3-2020Transparent & Accessible Seas and Oceans: Towards a Digital Twin of the OceanIA117
LC-GD-10-1-2020European Capacities for Citizen Deliberation and Participation for the Green DealRIA211
LC-GD-10-2-2020Behavioural, Social and Cultural change for the Green DealRIA210
LC-GD-10-3-2020Enabling citizens to act on climate change, for sustainable development and environmentalIA734

 

Details

Publication date
15 June 2021