Research and innovation driving transformative change

Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to modernise the EU’s economy and society and re-orient them towards a just and sustainable future.

Research and innovation will play a central role in

  • accelerating and navigating the necessary transitions
  • deploying, demonstrating and de-risking solutions
  • engaging citizens in social innovation

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the EU's research and innovation programme (2021-2027). 

Its powerful instruments and innovative governance are set to drive the necessary systemic changes to reach climate neutrality and ensure an inclusive ecological and economic transition.

In synergy with other EU programmes, Horizon Europe is key to leveraging national public and private investment. Together, they foster new technologies, sustainable solutions and disruptive innovation and spread successful new solutions across Europe and the world.

Over 35% of Horizon Europe spending is allocated to address climate change.

Green partnerships

Horizon Europe includes a new wave of research and innovation partnerships.

Partnerships will help drive the huge transformations in environment, society and the economy that the European Green Deal calls for.

The EU works closely with industry and countries to support partnerships in critical areas such as transport - including batteries - clean hydrogen, low-carbon steel, circular biobased sectors, the built environment and biodiversity.

Green missions

EU missions in Horizon Europe 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.
At the same time, they aim to capture citizens' imagination and inspire confidence in the transformations ahead.
4 out of the 5 mission areas in Horizon Europe directly support the European Green Deal

  • Restore our ocean and waters
  • Climate-neutral and smart cities
  • A soil deal for Europe
  • Adaptation to climate change and societal transformation


On the Funding and Tenders Portal you can find funding information and apply for Horizon Europe calls for proposal

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The Commission made €1 billion available under the Green Deal call - the last and biggest call under Horizon 2020. The 73 projects selected for funding under the call will contribute to the EU’s response to the climate crisis and help protect Europe’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity.

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Green research and innovation rules

To deliver on the European Green Deal, a careful assessment, analysis and design of existing and future legislation is necessary. At the same time, it is important to leave room for new and out-of-the-box ideas to reach a sustainable future more quickly and more effectively.

The Innovation Principle approach can be a useful tool in this regard.

Successful projects

EU-funded research projects are already producing results that will help deliver the European Green Deal.

Some examples

E-FERRY is a 100% electric battery-powered ferry, running on surplus energy from wind turbines

EMBRACED collects and recycle used nappies and turns them into high-value new materials

MACROFUELS is producing biofuels made from a cultivated seaweed to power transport, a truly sustainable fuel alternative

GELCLAD has designed cost-effective, easy-to-install eco-panels that can be fitted to the outside of old or new buildings cutting energy consumption and CO2 emissions

IoF 2020 is using Internet of Things (IoT) to help the farming sector to be more competitive in an increasingly globalised world while protecting the environment

HYDRALAB-PLUS provides crucial data for policymakers in the field of flood risk, helping authorities and societies prepare for a changing climate

Urban GreenUP involves citizens to reshape urban areas using green solutions, making them more sustainable, liveable and resilient to climate change

OYSTER is designing smart materials to control the wettability of surfaces and creating an open innovation space for knowledge and data shared with everyone

UNALAB develops nature-based solutions for cities to make them smarter, more inclusive, resilient and sustainable while empowering citizens

ClimeFish helps fish producers and aquaculture farmers predict, prepare and adapt to climate change, reducing economic losses and social consequences

Find more successful green research projects



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