What are EU Missions?

EU Missions are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges. They have ambitious goals and will deliver tangible results by 2030. 

They will deliver impact by putting research and innovation into a new role, combined with new forms of governance and collaboration, as well as by engaging citizens. 

EU Missions are a novelty of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme for the years 2021-2027. 

What this EU Mission deals with

The Mission will help achieve the marine and freshwater targets of the European Green Deal, such as protecting 30% of the EU’s sea area and restoring marine eco-systems and 25 000km of free-flowing rivers. 

As one of its objectives, the Mission will prevent and eliminate pollution by, for example, reducing plastic litter at sea, nutrient losses and use of chemical pesticides by 50% and it will also contribute to make the blue economy climate-neutral and circular with net-zero maritime emissions.

Cross-cutting enabling actions will support these objectives, in particular broad public mobilisation and engagement and a digital ocean and water knowledge system, known as Digital Twin Ocean.

In the Mission Ocean and Waters we will set up four Mission lighthouses at basin scale in the Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic and North Sea, the Danube river basin and Black Sea and the Atlantic-Arctic basin.

Funding opportunities

New funding opportunities are now open to contribute to the Mission implementation. 

The Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022 amendment was adopted on Tuesday 10 May. Under this amendment, new calls have opened and they are published on the funding and tenders portal. You can access the calls for this Mission below. Applications are open until 27 September 2022.

Open calls

Mission Charter

We are calling on Member States, regions and a wide range of stakeholders to endorse the Charter and pledge actions that will contribute to the successful implementation of the Mission and its lighthouses.

Please click below to endorse the Charter and pledge actions

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