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Opportunities in Horizon Europe (HE)

Horizon Europe (HE) is the EU’s main research and innovation programme for the period 2021-2027. The programme aims to fight climate change and support United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while promoting the EU’s competitiveness and growth. It is allocated a total budget of €95.5 billion.

The development of the bioeconomy is one of HE’s key priorities, with several funding opportunities tackling this area. The most relevant ones are described below:

Beyond Horizon Europe – LIFE Programme

The LIFE programme, created in 1992, is the EU’s funding instrument for climate, environmental, and biodiversity challenges. Its last edition, LIFE 2021-2027, was officially announced in April 2021 (R EU 2021/783) and launched in July 2021.

The LIFE Programme structure is divided in 4 subprogrammes:

  • Nature and Biodiversity
  • Circular Economy and Quality of Life
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Clean Energy Transition

Bioeconomy-related solutions and best practices are included in the Circular economy and quality of life subprogramme. In the 2022 call (€98 million budget, deadline October 4, 2022), the submitted solutions could be related to any of the following areas: Circular Economy and Waste; Circular Economy and Environment; Soil; Air; Noise; Chemicals; Water; Governance and New Bauhaus.

LIFE Programme Standard Action Projects (SAP) have a co-financing rate of 60% max and a typical duration of 3-5 years (maximum 10 years). Grants usually range between €0.7 – 6 million per project.

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