European Green Deal call

What the call aims to do

The Green Deal call will mobilise research and innovation to foster a just and sustainable societal transition aiming at ‘leaving nobody behind’.

Projects are expected to deliver tangible and visible results relatively quickly and show how research and innovation can provide concrete solutions for the Green Deal main priorities.

This is why the call will support

  • pilot applications, demonstration projects and innovative products
  • innovation for better governance of the green and digital transition
  • social and value chain innovation

In addition to technological development and demonstration, the call encourages experimentation and social innovation for new ways to engage civil society and empower citizens.

In relation to the current pandemic, the call will contribute to the green and digital recovery and to increasing societal resilience for example in agriculture, biodiversity acceleration of renewables, clean transport and modernisation towards a clean and circular industry.

How is the call structured?

The Green Deal call is composed of 11 areas

  • eight thematic areas reflect the eight key work streams of the European Green Deal. In each area, one or more topics addresses the challenges outlined in the respective European Green Deal stream. Topics target specific, high-impact technological and societal innovations that can help advance the sustainable transition relatively quickly.
  • three horizontal areas (strengthening knowledge; empowering citizens; and international cooperation) that cut across the eight thematic areas and offer a longer-term perspective in achieving the transformations set out in the European Green Deal.

How can I get involved?

You can help shape the call by taking part in the surveys for each area

Disclaimer: The presentation of draft topics and the opportunity to give feedback provided to stakeholders shall in under no circumstances bind the European Commission in the final formulation of topics for the call. The binding call text will be published following the formal decision by the European Commission on the Funding and tender opportunities portal


Fighting climate change and making Europe climate-neutral by 2050 is one of the main priorities of the European Commission.

In support of this priority, the Commission is reinforcing Green Deal-related research and innovation with this dedicated call for proposals under the current research and innovation programme – Horizon 2020.

Additional research and innovation initiatives will be funded under the next EU research and innovation programme – Horizon Europe.



  • 3 June 2020

    Deadline for giving your online feedback for the call

  • mid-September 2020

    Formal adoption of Green Deal call as amendment to Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-20

  • mid-September 2020

    Publication and opening of the call

  • 22-24 September 2020

    Opportunity to find potential project partners at the EU R&I Days

  • end January 2021

    Deadline for submitting project proposals

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