The European Green Deal is a high-profile wholesale review of existing EU environmental and sustainability policy, supported by the introduction of new legislation in order to achieve the target of making the EU ‘carbon neutral’ by 2050. It was formally launched in December 2019 and will encompass every sector of EU activity, establishing a new approach to address the effects of climate change.
€1bn of funding has been made available for a Green Deal Horizon 2020 call which covers all areas important to the Green Deal. Funding is targeted at transformative change and goes beyond the provision of grants for technical demonstration.
UK organisations are eligible to participate in and lead proposals. UK participation in successful projects will be funded by the EC for the duration of project regardless of project start and end dates. For more information, see the UKRI webpage on the Green Deal.
The UK Knowledge Exchange Network is running a series of webinars (29 Sept; 9 Oct; 15 Oct) to support applicants. These are organised around the thematic areas of the call. More information can be found on the webinar page.
The ESRC is running a webinar (5 October) on funding opportunities in the Green Deal call for Social Science and Humanities researchers. To register visit the webinar registration page.
The Green Deal is an important policy direction for the EU and further calls will feature in Horizon Europe (the successor funding programme to Horizon 2020).
While we do not yet know whether the UK will associate to Horizon Europe, the recent UK Government Research and Development Road Map for Research states that if association does not take place “We will make funding available to allow UK partners to participate in European schemes open to third countries” (no details available yet). It is anticipated that the majority of Horizon Europe calls for collaborative projects will welcome third country participation. In either an association or a non-association scenario it is therefore anticipated that collaboration with European partners can and will continue beyond the end of 2020.