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.