Horizon 2020: Greening the Economy
Call identifier: H2020-SC5-2016-2017
The objective of the Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ is to achieve a resource – and water – efficient and climate change resilient economy and society, the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and a sustainable supply and use of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the limits of the planet’s natural resources and eco-systems.
To achieve the greatest possible impact of the research and innovation activities in 2016-2017, this Societal Challenge will – for the areas on climate change, environment and resource efficiency – prioritise actions which take a systemic approach to promote a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy as a key part of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth, and to deliver on Horizon 2020’s climate and sustainability goals and the objectives of the General Union Environment Action Programme to 2020 (Decision No 1386/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013).
Systemic innovation is understood as innovation that aims at responding to a societal challenge by obtaining a system-wide transformation through affecting the system’s economic, social and environmental dimensions as well as their interconnections. This implies a trans-disciplinary perspective that integrates technology, business models and economic organisation, finance, governance and regulation as well as skills and social innovation. Systemic innovation therefore calls for the adoption of a challenge-driven, solutions-oriented research and innovation strategy that crosses disciplinary boundaries and involves co-creation of knowledge and co-delivery of outcomes with economic, industrial and research actors, public authorities and/or civil society.
Within this systemic approach, the Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ will focus on research and innovation which unlocks private and public investment in future solutions for a resource efficient, climate smart economy with a sustainable supply of raw materials. There is a consistent need to demonstrate Europe’s potential for systemic innovation and market uptake of technological and non-technological solutions through large-scale demonstration projects. A transformative agenda on this scale requires major changes in attitudes and behaviour patterns and the contribution of social sciences and humanities will be essential to inform successful solutions. Complementary research and innovation activities are organised around the demonstration projects. Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ will act as trailblazer for ensuring that the investment of 35% for climate action and 60% for sustainable development across the whole Horizon 2020 Framework Programme will deliver maximum impact for economic, environmental and social sustainability.
This call for proposals includes the following topics. Click on the topic to link directly to the Participant Portal.
- SC5-01-2016-2017: Exploiting the added value of climate services
- SC5-02-2017: Integrated European regional modelling and climate prediction system
- SC5-04-2017: Towards a robust and comprehensive greenhouse gas verification system
- SC5-06-2016-2017: Pathways towards the decarbonisation and resilience of the European economy in the timeframe 2030-2050 and beyond
- SC5-07-2017: Coordinating and supporting research and innovation actions on the decarbonisation of the EU economy
- SC5-08-2017: Large-scale demonstrators on nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction
- SC5-13-2016-2017: New solutions for sustainable production of raw materials
- SC5-14-2016-2017: Raw materials Innovation actions
- SC5-15-2016-2017: Raw materials policy support actions
- SC5-16-2016-2017: Raw materials international co-operation
- SC5-18-2017: Novel in-situ observation systems
- SC5-19-2017: Coordination of citizens’ observatories initiatives
- SC5-21-2016-2017: Cultural heritage as a driver for sustainable growth
- SC5-22-2017: Innovative financing, business and governance models for adaptive re-use of cultural heritage
- SC5-26-2017: Pre-commercial procurement on soil decontamination
- SC5-30-2017: ERA-NET on Climate Services Roadmap: Cross-sector impact assessments (evaluation, comparison and integration)
- SC5-31-2017: Widening international cooperation activities on climate adaptation and mitigation
- SC5-32-2017: Biodiversity scenarios
- SC5-33-2017: Closing the water gap
For full details of the calls for proposals, please click the Register button below to link directly to the Participant Portal.