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EU Missions supporting the Green Deal – funding opportunities 2024/2025

20th June 2024 at 6:00 am

Blog series 4/4: Green Deal

The EU Missions represent a novel funding instrument within Horizon Europe. Four out of the current five Missions are at the heart of the European Green Deal aimed at driving change through targeted and ambitious projects. The Missions are structured to address some of the most pressing environmental and societal challenges by leveraging national public and private investment and fostering cross-sector collaborations. By focusing on specific, measurable goals such as achieving climate-neutral cities, restoring our ecosystems and advancing sustainable agriculture, the EU Missions align research and innovation (R&I) efforts with the overarching objectives of the Green Deal. The common goal of all Missions is not only to accelerate progress towards a greener, more sustainable Europe but also to ensure that investments yield tangible and impactful results, driving systemic change and inspiring global leadership in climate action.

Open and forthcoming funding opportunities in the EU Missions

The EU Missions 2023-2025 Work Programme features the remaining call topics and indicative budgets of 123.97 million euros for the Climate call topics, 119 million euros for Cancer projects, 109.7million euros addressing Ocean calls, 101 million euros for the Cities projects and 134.50 million euros in the Soil area.

Adaptation to Climate Change

The Adaptation to Climate Change Mission aims to support at least 150 EU regions and communities to become climate resilient by 2030. In line with the EU Adaptation Strategy, the Mission’s goal is to support less developed regions, cities and local authorities to better understand, prepare for and manage climate risks, become aware and prepared for the changing climate, and demonstrate climate resilience solutions. Proposal submissions of the 9 call topics close on 18 September 2024.

TopicTypeTitleProject budget Total budget No. of projects
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-01CSABringing available and actionable solutions for climate adaptation to the knowledge of the regions and local authorities2 M EUR2 M EUR1
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-02CSABringing together the national level with the engaged regional and local levels (multi-level governance)4 M EUR4 M EUR1
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-03RIADevelop and refine outcome indicators to measure progress on climate resilience at national, regional and local levels, including knowledge and feedback developed from the Mission3 M EUR3 M EUR1
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-04RIAResearch the complex interplay between the climate and biodiversity crises towards more systemic approaches and solutions4 M EUR8 M EUR2
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-05RIAImprove design for transformative approaches and build local capacity for implementation of available solutions focused on climate adaptation4 M EUR8 M EUR2
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-06IADemonstration of approaches to improve bankability of solutions by design, addressing the co-benefits (mitigation and adaptation) to improve revenues streams9 M EUR27 M EUR3
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-07IADemonstration of solutions specifically suited to rural areas and small/medium size population local communities7.5 M EUR22.5 M EUR3
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-08IADemonstration of approaches by regions and local authorities focused on increasing climate resilience of the most vulnerable social groups (just climate resilience)7.5 M EUR22.5 M EUR3
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01-09IASystemic and cross-sectoral solutions for climate resilience, tailored to the local needs of regions and local authorities9 M EUR27 M EUR3

Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030

The Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030 Mission aims to design and adapt novel ways to protect and restore the health of marine and freshwater ecosystems. In line with the European Green Deal, the Mission’s objective is to progress towards a sustainable blue economy in the EU, harnessing the potential of our oceans, seas and coasts while ensuring their restoration, protection and health preservation. Proposal submissions of the 7 call topics close on 18 September 2024.

TopicTypeTitleProject budget Total budget No. of projects
HORIZON-MISS-2024-OCEAN-01-01IAEuropean Blue parks – Offshore marine protected areas11.1 M EUR11.1 M EUR1
HORIZON-MISS-2024-OCEAN-01-02IADanube river basin lighthouse – Protection and restoration of migratory fish habitats7.8 M EUR15.6 M EUR2
HORIZON-MISS-2024-OCEAN-01-03IAAtlantic and Arctic sea basin lighthouse, Mediterranean Sea basin lighthouse, Baltic and North sea basin lighthouse – Reducing the environmental impacts of fisheries on marine species and habitats8 M EUR24 M EUR3
HORIZON-MISS-2024-OCEAN-01-04CSAScience for Community – Building the marine Citizen Science data network of the future to valorise data coming from the ocean and increase engagement2 M EUR2 M EUR1
HORIZON-MISS-2024-OCEAN-01-05IAOur Blue Future – Co-designing a future vision of a restored ocean and water system in the EU by 2030 and 20503 M EUR3 M EUR1
HORIZON-MISS-2024-OCEAN-02-01RIACommunity-led actions to restore our ocean, seas and water12.5 M EUR50 M EUR2
HORIZON-MISS-2024-OCEAN-02-02CSASupport for the Coalition of waterfront cities, regions and islands for Mission Ocean and Waters4 M EUR4 M EUR1

100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030

The 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030 Mission aims to support the acceleration of green and digital transformations of the 100 EU cities and 12 cities from the associated countries. The Mission’s objective is to implement a climate neutrality plan that covers areas such as energy, buildings, industry, waste management and transport. Proposal submissions for the two calls “Changing urban spaces and mindsets to accelerate the transition to climate neutrality” with 4 call topics are due on 16 January 2025, while “Support for national, regional and local authorities” with 1 call topic closes on 5 September 2024.

TopicTypeTitleProject budget Total budget No. of projects
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CIT-01-01IARethinking urban spaces towards climate neutrality15 M EUR45 M EUR3
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CIT-01-02RIAZero-pollution cities5 M EUR20 M EUR4
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CIT-01-03CSAMobility Management Plans and Behavioural Change5 M EUR5 M EUR1
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CIT-01-04IAIntegrated peri-urban areas in the transition towards climate neutrality9 M EUR28 M EUR3
HORIZON-MISS-2024-CIT-02-01CSASupporting national, regional and local authorities across Europe to prepare for the transition towards climate neutrality within cities3 M EUR3 M EUR1

A Soil Deal for Europe

The A Soil Deal for Europe Mission aims to establish 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030. The Mission’s main objectives are to protect and restore the health of EU soils, and promote sustainability for environmental, economic and social benefits of society. The Mission proposes to combine research and innovation, education, training, investments and demonstrations of good practices by using “Living labs” (places to experiment in a laboratory on the ground) and “Lighthouses” (places to showcase good practices). Proposal submissions of the 9 call topics close on 8 October 2024.

TopicTypeTitleProject budget Total budget No. of projects
HORIZON-MISS-2024-SOIL-01-01RIACo-creating solutions for soil health in Living Labs12 M EUR36 M EUR3
HORIZON-MISS-2024-SOIL-01-02RIALiving Labs in urban areas for healthy soils12 M EUR12 M EUR1
HORIZON-MISS-2024-SOIL-01-03RIATowards a dynamic monitoring system to assess status and spatiotemporal changes of soil erosion at European scale11.5 M EUR11.5 M EUR1
HORIZON-MISS-2024-SOIL-01-04RIASystems to qualify nitrogen fluxes and uncertainties11.5 M EUR11.5 M EUR1
HORIZON-MISS-2024-SOIL-01-05RIASoil health, pollinators and key ecosystem functions7.5 M EUR7.5 M EUR1
HORIZON-MISS-2024-SOIL-01-06IAHarnessing the multifunctional potential of soil biodiversity for healthy cropping systems8 M EUR16 M EUR2
HORIZON-MISS-2024-SOIL-01-07RIADevelopment of high spatial-resolution monitoring approaches and geographically-explicit registry for carbon farming11.5 M EUR23 M EUR2
HORIZON-MISS-2024-SOIL-01-08RIAManaging forest peatsoils10 M EUR10 M EUR1
HORIZON-MISS-2024-SOIL-01-09IAAssessment of soil Health in Africa7 M EUR7 M EUR1

New European Bauhaus

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) introduces an exciting new funding opportunity that connects the European Green Deal to our living spaces and experiences through cross-cluster activities. The NEB fosters a multidisciplinary approach to creating beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive places, with a culturally and socially inclusive environment. Proposal submissions of the three call topics close on 19 September 2024, with an indicative budget of 17.8 million euros.

TopicTypeTitleProject budget Total budget No. of projects
HORIZON-MISS-2024-NEB-01-01RIAExploiting the potential of secondary bio-based products4 M EUR8 M EUR2
HORIZON-MISS-2024-NEB-01-02IANew governance models for the co-design and co-construction of public spaces in neighbourhoods by communities4 M EUR8 M EUR2
HORIZON-MISS-2024-NEB-01-03CSASetting up a New European Bauhaus hub for results and impact1.8 M EUR1.8 M EUR1

Are you ready to take on a mission towards a sustainable future?

At accelopment, we make it our priority to support the Green Deal initiative and projects. Once you have identified a suitable call for your project idea (possibly with our Strategic Grant Planning service), we stand ready to assist you with professional Proposal Writing support based on your needs. Whether you are applying to a call for the first time, re-submitting or require full support or assistance with certain sections, we have the expertise to meet your needs. With our long-standing experience with successful climate, energy and mobility proposals such as SOLARX, PEPPERONI and ROADVIEW, we can guide you in preparing an innovative and competitive project application.

We look forward to hearing about your project ideas. For questions on how we can further assist you or quotes, please contact our experts.

Dr Johannes Ripperger

Dr. Johannes Ripperger
Research & Innovation Manager

Dr. Jörn-Frederik Wotzlaw

Dr. Jörn-Frederik Wotzlaw
Research & Innovation Project Manager

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