The Work Programme 2018-2020 for Societal Challenge 5 has been published

The Work Programme 2018-2020 for Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials” has been published by the European Commission on 27 October 2017.

This Work Programme is structured around two calls: ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement’ and ‘Greening the economy in line with the the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals’, and focuses on six priorities:

  • Climate action in support of the Paris Agreement
  • Circular economy
  • Raw materials
  • Water for our environment, economy and society
  • Innovating cities for sustainability and resilience
  • Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets (which includes Earth observation, nature-based solutions, disaster risk reduction and natural capital accounting, and heritage alive).

The SC5 Work Programme 2018-2020 is available at:

Work Programmes 2018-2010 for other Societal Challenges are available at:

Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”

Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”, will take place on 8 and 9 November 2017 in Brussels in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170.

The event targets potential applicants to the 2018-2020 calls for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”

Compulsory registration for the event will open in July on the website.

The event will be web-streamed (the link will be available about 48 hours before the event on this page).

Focus on WP2017 – Open Research Data

The European Commission has just confirmed the calls and other actions of the second year of the two-year work programmes setting out funding opportunities for 2017 under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding scheme . Although the 2016-2017 Work Programme builds on the success of Horizon 2020 to date, important novelties have been introduced.

Among them, as of the Work Programme 2017, the current Open Research Data Pilot will be extended to cover all thematic areas of Horizon 2020, making open research data the default setting. This move will boost competitiveness by accelerating innovation and collaboration, improving transparency, and avoiding duplication of efforts.

A further new element in Horizon 2020 is the use of Data Management Plans (DMPs), detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Further guidance on the Pilot on Open Research Data and Data Management is available on the Participant Portal.

Focus on SC5 WP 2017 – A Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy

A European Energy Union will ensure that Europe has secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy. Wiser energy use while fighting climate change is both a spur for new jobs and growth and an investment in Europe’s future. Activities for 2017 will help mobilise Europe’s research excellence to generate innovative solutions in this area, for example:

  • Growing water demands, mismanagement of water use and climate change are increasing the stress on water supply, water bodies, and associated ecosystems and infrastructures, and emphasise the need to close the water cycle gap, by reconciling water supply and demand in both quantitative and qualitative terms. The new ‘Closing the water gap’ topic with a budget of €10 million in the ‘Greening the economy’ call will reduce fragmentation of water research and innovation efforts across Europe and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the conclusions of the COP21 Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Research to support the future development of a production base for next generation Lithium battery cells or post-lithium battery cells would enable Europe to compete with world leaders in this sector. The €133 million call for Green Vehicles includes around €20 million for the development of a new generation of cells and their integration in competitive batteries. The ambition is to allow Europe to recover competitiveness in the production of future cells and batteries for transport and energy applications.
  • The Energy calls in 2017 dedicate more than €84 million for developing energy storage systems improving the flexibility of the energy grid to integrate an increasing share of renewables. These efforts reinforce the Energy Challenge’s strong support of previous years for energy storage, including batteries, which bring the investment to almost € 200 million (2014-17).
  • The €280 million sustainable food security call will ensure food and nutrition security, by fostering resilient and resource efficient primary production and industry as well as sustainable and healthy consumption. €4 million will support the policy development and implementation of the European Commission’s FOOD 2030 initiative to connect, structure and scale-up research and innovation for food and nutrition security in Europe, but in a global context.

Water Opportunities in the draft Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017

The draft Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-2017 has just been published, and includes a list of opportunities for innovation in the water sector. If you’re interested, you might want to check first the following opportunities:

  • SC5-11-2016: Supporting international cooperation activities on water
  • SC5-12-2016: Food systems and water resources for the development of inclusive, sustainable and healthy Euro-Mediterranean societies
  • SC5-01-2016-2017: Exploring the added value of climate services
  • SC5-02-2017: Integrated European regional modelling and climate prediction system
  • SC5-03-2016: Climate services market research
  • SC5-08-2017: Large-scale demonstrators on nature-based solutions for hydrometeorological risk reduction
  • CIRC-02-2016-2017: Water in the context of the circular economy
  • SPIRE-01-2016: Systematic approaches for resource-efficient water management systems in process industries
  • SCC-02-2016-2017: Demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions in cities
  • LCE-26-2016 Cross-thematic ERA-NET on Applied Geosciences.

Moreover a high number of topics in the calls H2020-SFS-2016-2017 ‘Sustainable Food Security – Resilient and resource-efficient value chains’ and H2020-RUR-2016-2017 ‘Rural Renaissance – Fostering innovation and business opportunities’ also address issues related to water management in agriculture and/or food production.

Our EIP Water Online Marketplace might be helpful for preparing H2020 proposals, either by identifying within our search options the people, organisations orprojects that match with the topic and might be key for your project, or by screening which Action Groups are already developing innovation activities in this field.

Within our work, we have identified 5 key barriers to innovation uptake (funding, procurement, partnerships, regulation and demonstration sites) – maybe your H2020 proposal can address these by either showing how you overcome them properly or by developing recommendations that can be upgraded by EIP Water towards systemic changes. We have developed a list of ideas on how H2020 projects and EIP Water can benefit from teaming up; these can eventually add value to your proposal!