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 concrete 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 main goal of the Mission Adaptation to Climate Change is to support at least 150 European regions and communities towards climate resilience by 2030.  

The mission will foster the development of innovative solutions to adapt to climate change and encourage regions, cities and communities to lead the societal transformation.  

Because climate change affects different regions, sectors of the economy and members of society in distinctive ways, the Mission will engage with the widest range of EU regional and local actors.  

The participation of Member States, regions and cities will be crucial in the implementation of the Mission as they are key agents of change in deploying new technologies, experimenting innovative solutions that address local needs, and in leading different stakeholders towards the green transition. The Mission will also engage with citizens by funding projects facilitating their involvement. 

How regions and communities can participate

EU regions and cities have different climate vulnerabilities and levels of preparedness and can develop various paths towards a climate-resilient future.

Therefore, the Mission aims to get a wide range of regions and communities on board and assist them, alongside their national adaptation strategy, on their specific journey, whether they are just starting out or are already taking steps towards adaptation to climate risks. 

Research and innovation support will be provided in different ways by

  • helping European regions and communities better understand, prepare for and manage climate risks and opportunities
  • working with at least 150 European regions and communities to accelerate their transformation toward climate resilience
  • delivering at least 75 large-scale demonstrators of systemic transformations on the ground

The Missions Work Programme 2021 amendment was adopted on Wednesday 15 December. The calls are available on the Funding and Tenders Portal

Frequently asked questions on the Mission

More information

The Mission Adaptation to Climate Change wants to adopt a systemic approach by looking at several themes such as key community systems like critical infrastructure, land use and food systems, water management, and health and wellbeing, and enabling conditions like knowledge, governance or behavioural change. 

The large-scale demonstrators to be developed as part of the Mission will follow such as systemic approach and feature examples of breakthrough innovations implemented in real life such as floodplain restoration, vertical farming, prototyping of insurance approaches, or a ‘perfectly adapted’ city ready to stand a storm or heatwave.   

In addition, the Mission will take an inclusive approach by also involving citizens. Regions, cities and local authorities will steer the process to build climate resilience “on the ground” in an inclusive way, engaging with local stakeholders, the civil society, the business community, industry, research organisations, and citizens. To this end, the Mission will help regions organise citizen assemblies to bring citizen views into the development of the adaptation policy from the outset. 





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