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Horizon 2020 – UK Participation in The Green Deal

The European Commission has officially launched the Horizon 2020 funded European Green Deal call. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK participants can continue to receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual Horizon 2020 projects, including projects finishing after 31 December 2020 when the transition period ends. As such UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in and lead projects in the Green Deal call and can apply to receive their grant funding through the Horizon 2020 programme.

The UK eligibility to participate in the Green Deal call was confirmed at the recent European Research and Innovation Days by the European Commission. A video of the statement made at the R&I days is available via the European Commission (from 1:27:02.)

UKRI encourages UK organisations to continue to bid into calls for the lifetime of the Horizon 2020 programme. If successful, funding will be provided by the European Commission (EC). More information on UK participation in Horizon 2020 and how to apply is available on the Gov.uk website.

The European Green Deal Call represents the final set of topics from the Horizon 2020 funding programme. Topics opened for submissions on 22 September 2020 and bids will be accepted until the deadline on 26 January 2021. 

One of the European Commission’s top priorities is the fight against climate change and working to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050. Through the Green Deal Call, the European Commission will support Green Deal-related research and innovation, under the current funding programme – Horizon 2020. The projects funded under this call are expected to deliver results with tangible benefits in ten areas. These include eight thematic areas reflecting the key work streams of the European Green Deal:

  • Increasing climate ambition
  • Clean, affordable and secure energy
  • Industry for a clean and circular economy
  • Energy and resource efficient buildings
  • Sustainable and smart mobility
  • Farm to fork
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Zero-pollution, toxic-free environments

And two horizontal areas - strengthening knowledge and empowering citizens, which offer a longer-term perspective in achieving the transformations set out in the European Green Deal.

For more information

Visit the European Commission’s Funding and Tenders Portal for details on specific call topics, timelines and instructions on how to participate.   

More information on the European Green Deal, the overall policy context, action plans and timelines for intervention is available through the European Commission’s European Green Deal website.

Green Deal Events

Here are some online events focused on the Green Deal being hosted across the UK and Europe. These events are intended to promote this sizeable funding opportunity and support potential applicants hoping to engage with specific call topics.

Scottish Enterprise

Horizon 2020 Green Deal Funding Webinar


1 Sept, 2.30 – 3.30pm BST

Areas 1 and 10

Click here to register for this event.

10 Sept, 2:30-3:30pm BST

Areas 5, 6, 7 & 8

Click here to register for this event


European Commission

European Research and Innovation Days 2020

22 – 24 Sept

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

Click here to find out more about this year’s event.


Horizon 2020 Green Deal: Information and Consortia Building Event Series

29 Sept, 10am – 12.30pm BST

Session 1: Horizon 2020 Green Deal Areas 5, 6, 7 & 9

9 Oct, 10am – 12.30pm BST

Session 2: Horizon 2020 Green Deal Areas 2, 3, 4 & 11

15 Oct, 10am – 12.30pm BST

Session 3: Horizon 2020 Green Deal Areas 1, 8 & 10

Click here to register your place at the KTN events.


Horizon 2020 Green Deal information webinar for social sciences/humanities researchers

5 Oct, 10.00 – 11.15am BST

This webinar provides an introduction on the opportunities in the Green Deal call for researchers in the social sciences/humanities fields. The event will also include a short talk by a colleague from UKRO on UK participation in Horizon 2020. The event is hosted by the UK National Contact Point for Societal Challenge 6 (Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies) and Cross-cutting research – Social sciences, arts and humanities opportunities embedded across H2020.

Click here to register for this event.

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

Horizon 2020 Virtual Brokerage Event on the European Green Deal Call

13 Oct

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) in partnership with Invest NI and Enterprise Ireland are offering a Horizon 2020 Virtual Brokerage Event on the Horizon 2020 Green Deal.

Click here for more information on this event

Useful Contacts


UKRO is the European office of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Operating on a membership basis, subscribing organisations have access to the full range of UKRO’s services including latest news on the UKRO portal and a dedicated enquiry service providing individual support and advice. UKRO delivers the UK NCP helpdesks for the European Research Council and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

Email UKRO for more information

The NCPs are experts in specific programmes of H2020 and can give you help with your application. They offer an accessible, free and confidential service to all types of applicants. They will give impartial advice regarding Horizon 2020 calls, tailored to the needs of each individual

The world we live in faces ever-changing societal, environmental and economic challenges, which are felt regionally, nationally and also globally. KTN participate in European research and innovation projects that align with KTN’s and UK R&I strategy and show positive impact to support businesses. KTN also provides advice and support for UK companies that want to engage with Horizon 2020, for example, the recent Horizon 2020 Green Deal. Visit www.ktn-uk.org to find out more about how we can work with you