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TOPIC : Widening international cooperation activities on climate adaptation and mitigation

Topic identifier: SC5-31-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
08 November 2016
Deadline: 07 March 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The aim of this CSA is to further open the JPI Climate to international cooperation partners, including in Latin America, Africa or Asia, and to encourage engagement of a wider group of EU Member States and thus contribute to creating a coherent European Research Area open to the world. In addition, this action should consolidate the alignment of the R&I agendas of national, European Commission and other key players related to climate issues. Providing integrated, qualified climate knowledge and decision support services across sectors internationally is the main target, well in line with Horizon 2020 and SFIC strategies for internationalization of European skills at a time when research and innovation requirements for the Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030) have been launched at United Nations level.


Proposals should aim to create a framework and permanent dialogue to encourage, in a structured and strategic manner, the opening of the JPI Climate to international cooperation with key international climate research and innovation programmes, as well as funding and investment institutions. Proposals should also undertake activities to align with and support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular on climate change resilience, adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction. Flagship actions for possible joint funding with members of the JPI Water, JPI Urban Europe, JPI Oceans or key international cooperation partners and international programmes of strategic importance for the EU, such as the Belmont Forum, should also be identified and prepared for in advance.

This action should also organize and develop the knowledge base required to address climate challenges and EU policy priorities within a global perspective. This can be accomplished by providing open and integrated analysis of research results and recommendations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to combat climate change and its impacts. It should aim to contribute to: strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards; integrating climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning; improving education, awareness raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, resource efficiency, adaptation, impact reduction, early warning and resilience to disasters; supporting LICs/LMICs in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation, operationalization and evaluation of the Green Climate Fund; promoting mechanisms for raising capacities for effective climate change related planning and management in LICs/LMICs, including focusing on women, youth, local and marginalized communities.

The Commission considers that proposals with a duration of four years requesting a contribution from the EU in the range of EUR 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Projects are expected to contribute to:

  • increasing the scale and ambition of research and innovation activities for climate adaptation and mitigation for a resilient and efficient Europe that will valorise their know-how on climate solutions at global level in the context of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda;
  • making the JPI Climate, in close collaboration with the European Commission and others European initiatives involving Member States (such as Copernicus, JPI Water, JPI Oceans, JPI Urban Europe, GPC and SFIC), a privileged and attractive partner for global cooperation in climate research and innovation, notably in the context of the Global Framework for Climate Services, the Future Earth platform on global sustainability and the Belmont Forum;
  • strengthening the role of the JPI Climate for underpinning knowledge and evidence for supporting the implementation of related EU policies and for fostering the EU's common position in the global climate-related negotiations under UNFCCC;
  • implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 13 'Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts', as well as the conclusions of the COP21 Paris Agreement.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Proposal templates
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
    Classified information
    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

    Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

    Open access to research data
    The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

    Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

    Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

    - Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs.

    - Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.


  8. Additional documents:

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
Additional documents

  • Flash Call Info SC5 2016 OneStage en
  • Flash Call Info SC5 2017 One Stage en

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