European Commission opens call for Horizon Europe mission boards

The mission approach is one of the newly planned features of the next framework programme Horizon Europe. A number of missions will be included in the programme and these will be specifically focused on global challenges. The target would be clearly measurable and need to be achievable with a portfolio of research and innovation measures.

The call for expression of interest for members of five Mission Boards was launched by the EC on 13 May 2019 to help specify, design and implement missions for Horizon Europe.

It will be open until 11 June 2019.

The Commission is looking for a broad mix of experts from industry and innovation, research, policy making, practitioner organisations and also from end users, which are appointed in a personal capacity and have a deep commitment to the success of the missions. The Mission Boards will be implemented in two phases.

During the first phase, the main task of the Mission Boards will be to advise the Commission on the identification and design of one or more possible specific missions, with their respective objectives, indicators and timelines. In a second phase, and once the Horizon Europe framework programme and its budget is formally agreed, the Mission Boards will advise the Commission on the portfolio of

research and innovation activities needed to support the mission objectives, providing further advice on the mission implementation including preparation of dedicated mission calls in the Horizon Europe work programme, the criteria for selecting activities to fund, as well as on wider policy measures required to secure the success of the mission.

The EC is looking for up to 15 experts for each of the below mentioned missions:

Mission Board for Adaptation to Climate Change, including Societal Transformation

Mission Board for Cancer

Mission Board for Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters

Mission Board for Climate-neutral and Smart Cities

Mission Board for Soil Health and Food

All information about call with the specific criteria and procedures for the groups can be found here.


Infoday on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) ‘Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy’

The European Commission will host the Infoday in Brussels on 4 July 2019. 

During the event the Commission will present the new version of the SC2 Work Programme for 2018-2020 and provide insights into the upcoming calls and the individual topicsDetails on the programme and how to register for the infoday are provided on the Commission website at this location and at the following link:

LIFE programme – another funding opportunity for climate change and environment – 2019 call is open!

The new 2019 call is open and the first deadline is 17 June 2019. It is the deadline for the concept note (ca. 10 pages; in H2020 we would call it the first stage proposal) for the LIFE Environment and Resource efficiency sub-programme. For the Environment sub-programme , LIFE introduced the 2 stage submission: concept-note (1st stage) on 17 June and full-proposal in January 2020. For the Climate programme the old one stage procedure remained. Deadline for Climate sub-programme proposals is 12 September 2019.

Overview deadlines for submission in 2019:

  • Environment
    • Nature and Biodiversity : 19 June (concept note)
    • Environment and Resource Efficiency: 17 June (concept note)
    • Environmental Governance and Information : 19 June (concept note)
  • Climate Action
    • Climate Change Mitigation: 12 September (full proposal)
    • Climate Change Adaptation: 12 September (full proposal)
    • Climate Governance and Information : 12 September (full proposal)

All deadlines are at 16:00:00h Brussels time.

Invitations for the full propopsals are expected to be sent in September/October 2019 (if the concept-note is evaluated and ranked high enough) . Deadline for full proposals will then be January 2020 (to be announced)

More information on

On 30 April 2019 there is a LIFE infoday in Brussels. More info at: , registration closes 25 April!

Below an update of the article of December 2016

Continue reading LIFE programme – another funding opportunity for climate change and environment – 2019 call is open!

Horizon Impact Award


Have you completed Horizon 2020 or FP7 research project? Have your project´s results created value for society? Then the Horizon Impact Award is here just for you.

European Commission announced the award with the deadline on 28 May 2019. Five winners will be selected by the evaluation jury for their achievements. The direct and indirect exploitation of research and innovation results can take many forms among which are: influencing policy change, commercialization of a service or product, creating a start-up/spin-off, creation of a new standard, etc. The R&I results should address a well-defined target audience. Applicants must demonstrate how the uptake of their research results has helped solve a societal challenge and generate economic, societal, environmental or policy impact. The prizes are monetary and each of the five winners will receive EUR 10.000.

All information about Award can be found here.

The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) 2019 call for proposals launched on 4th April 2019

BBI call 2019 in summary

The call 2019 is the sixth in a total of seven calls between 2014 and 2020 and the call has 4 strategic orientations: Feedstock, Process, Products, and Market uptake. Indicative budget for the call is 135 Million euros and the Annual Work Plan 2019 covers altogether 21 topics: 10 RIAs, 4 CSAs, 4 DEMOs and 3 FLAGs (flagship calls).

The Call deadline is 4 September 2019 and the indicative timing for the results is December 2019.

 Relation to the SC5 work programme 2018-2020

The BBI JU 2019 calls cover themes that come close to the Societal Challenge 5 topics such as wood-based materials, resolving end-of-life issues of plastics, developing performance of textile products and producing bio-based alternatives to harmful products or processes to protect and enhance human health and the environment.

General info about the BBI JU

The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is a 3.7bn Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Out of the total investment, 975 million euros come from the EU funds (Horizon 2020) and 2.7bn from private investments. BBI JU operates under Horizon 2020, and is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry.

The aim of the BBI JU is to support a strong European bio-based industrial sector that will significantly reduce Europe’s dependency on fossil-based products, help the EU meet climate change targets, and lead to greener and more environmentally friendly growth.

More information on BBI JU

Annual Workplan 2019 

The EU institutions have reached a partial political agreement on Horizon Europe


With only 7% of the world’s population, Europe accounts for 20% of global R&D investment, produces one third of all high-quality scientific publications, and holds a world leading position in industrial sectors such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, mechanical engineering and fashion.

EU funding has allowed teams across countries and scientific disciplines to work together and make unthinkable discoveries, making Europe a world-class leader in research and innovation.

Horizon Europe builds on this success and introduces a number of new features to continue to make a real difference in the lives of citizens and society as a whole.

There will be a strong degree of continuity with Horizon 2020, the current EU research and innovation programme for 2014-2020: three pillars, excellence at the core, and maintaining the tested funding rules and procedures of Horizon 2020. But it has been improved to maximise its impact, its relevance to society and its potential for breakthrough innovation.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe, proposed by the Commission in June 2018 as part of the EU-long-term-budget for the years 2021-2027, is the most ambitious research and innovation programme ever and will keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation. The EU institutions have reached a partial political agreement on Horizon Europe, but at this moment is still a subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council. Horizon Europe’s budgetary aspects are subject to the overall agreement on the EU’s next long-term budget.

Synergies with other future EU programmes and policies are still subject to further discussions depending on the progress made with other sectoral proposals within the EU’s long-term budget. Provisions on international association agreements are also subject to further discussions.

The Commission will now start preparing Horizon Europe’s implementation in order to have the first draft work programmes published in time for the programme’s launch on 1 January 2021.

Commissioner Carlos Moedas, responsible for Research, Science, and Innovation, said: ”I warmly welcome this agreement with the strong support for the new European Innovation Council and our mission driven research agendas. We are now on track to launch the most ambitious ever European research and innovation programme in 2021, shaping the future for a strong, sustainable and competitive European economy and benefiting all regions in Europe.”

Horizon Europe will build on the achievements and success of the current research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020). It will continue to drive scientific excellence through the European Research Council (ERC) and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges, and will benefit from the scientific advice, technical support and dedicated research of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Commission’s science and knowledge service.

Cascading grants opportunities

Horizon 2020 programme offers a huge variety of funding opportunities, but some of them are rather hidden. In this article we would like to present grants opportunities for small and medium enterprises arising from some of H2020 projects themselves, called “cascading grants” or “third parties funding”. Some of these schemes were discovered thanks to NCPs CaRE exchange of information with the Enterprise Europe Network.

H2020 project INNOWWIDE coordinated by the Spanish CDTI aims to fund at least 120 European innovative SMEs and start-ups to conduct Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) in markets outside of Europe. In the frame of the project the call will be open focused on for-profit innovative SMEs, including young companies and start-ups, from any sector looking to compete and start business in new and emerging markets around the world. The companies will conduct Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) in cooperation with local stakeholders. The call will be open from 1.4.2019 till 31.5.2019. The beneficiary must be established in an EU Member State or a Horizon 2020 associated country.

Detailed information can be found here.

The EU-funded project KET4CleanProduction (KET4CP) sets its strategic objectives on helping SMEs to solve their clean production challenges and – as a result – to stay sustainable, innovative and competitive. Project´s Micro Grants are focused on transnational cooperation projects between SMEs and minimum 2 KET technology centres (KET TCs), which aim to integrate key enabling technologies (KET) to solve clean production challenges. Focus is on upgrading production processes. Call is open from 1.6.2018 till 29.4.2020 with 8 cut-off dates (the remaining ones are on 30.4.2019, 31.7.2019, 31.10.2019, 31.1.2020, 29.4.2020). The beneficiary must be established in an EU Member State or a Horizon 2020 associated country.

Detailed information can be found here.

Project VIDA aims to accelerate the implementation of new solutions (preferably key enabling technologies) in the food sector which improve the usage of water and energy with the ambition to reduce losses and consumption. It offers three different types of funding vouchers to support SMEs seeking new resource efficient solutions. The Innovation Support Voucher provides in-kind and/or financial support to SME in the food, water, energy or key enabling technologies (KET) sectors to get access to external knowledge and expertise. The Validation Voucher allows innovators to get their technological development validated. The Demonstration Voucher offers consortia an opportunity to demonstrate their new developments on site of a ‘prospective user’. To be eligible for VIDA vouchers the applicant must be member of a VIDA cluster or be headquartered in a VIDA territorial scope (Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Lombardy Region in Italy, Aragon region in Spain). However in the Demonstration Voucher, the „prospective user“ can benefit from the developed solution (but not from the voucher) even if it is not headquartered in a VIDA territorial scope). Detailed information can be found here.

The overarching aim of H2020 project DESIGNSCAPES is to exploit the generative potential of urban environments in the highest possible number of European cities to encourage the uptake and further enhancement and up scaling of Design enabled Innovations by existing enterprises, start-up companies, public authorities and agencies, and other urban stakeholders. Calls are (or will be) open for Prototypes and Scalability Proofs specifically for designers and creative entrepreneurs. Applicants must be eligible for participation in Horizon 2020.

Detailed information can be found here.

More opportunities for third party funding on the Funding & Tender Portal.

by Jana Čejková, Camille Lepinay

Pubblished the number of proposals submitted

The EC has recently pubblished on Funding & tender opportunities portal the number of proposals submitted in response of SC5 call.

H2020-SC5-2019-1 (Single Stage):

A total of 16 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:

  • CE-SC5-08-2018-2019-2020: 7
  • SC5-16-2019: 2
  • SC5-21-2019-2020: 1
  • SC5-22-2019: 6
H2020-SC5-2019-2 (Two Stage):
A total of 453 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:
  • CE-SC5-04-2019: 68
  • CE-SC5-07-2018-2019-2020: 106
  • SC5-09-2018-2019: 39
  • SC5-10-2019-2020: 16
  • SC5-13-2018-2019: 64
  • SC5-14-2019: 68
  • SC5-16-2019: 21
  • SC5-20-2019: 71


A 1st call is open for a new EU-funded service to provide specialised, professional IP advice to European Universities and Public Research Organisations.

The IP Booster is a free service funded by the European Commission for public research organisations looking to realise value out of their research results.

Experts will examine the case and guide them towards the best intellectual property strategy. It is possible to benefit from 5 services which will be offered depending on needs:

  • Initial IP Audit
  • Patent landscaping
  • IP evaluation or due diligence
  • Patents, design and trademark application
  • Negotiating technology transfer

Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • The application must originate from a European University or Public Research Organisation
  • The applicant’s university or organisation must have a PIC (Participant Identification Code)
  • You must not be able to secure similar IP services at national level

Applications for the 1st call are open until Wednesday 6 March. IP support services will be available until December 2021.

More information available here:



The H2020 RURITAGE project is looking for rural areas which would like to transform themselves in in sustainable development demonstration ‘laboratories’, through the enhancement of their unique Cultural and Natural Heritage potential.

Already 19 case studies, also called Rural Heritage Hubs, are involved in the project. These 19 Rural Heritage Hubs represent 13 good practice examples or Role Models and 6 Replicators, which will implement innovative heritage-led solutions. Together with several multidisciplinary expert institutions, these Rural Heritage Hubs aim to demonstrate that Cultural and Natural Heritage can emerge as a driver for sustainable regeneration and development.

Why apply?

Territories selected as an additional Replicators through this call will have the opportunity to learn from Role Models, Replicators and knowledge experts and to access a wide range of tools and knowledge in order to develop heritage-led regeneration plans. Thanks to this process, they will be able to implement strategies tailored to their own rural territory and increase the visibility of their region worldwide.

Who is eligible?

Eligible beneficiaries for this call are rural communities both from EU Member States and ENP countries, eligible for participation in the EC H2020 Framework Programme and be located or implement their actions in “predominantly rural regions” (i.e. the rural population accounts for 50% or more of the total population) or “intermediate regions” (i.e. the rural population accounts for between 20% and 50% of the total population) according to the EUROSTAT definition.

Up to 9 replicators spots, 6 within, but not limited to, the EU and 3 in ENP countries, will be awarded.


31 March 2019

More information about the call and submission of application available here