Are you looking for EU funded Research and Innovation opportunities for a project idea in the field of Climate Action, Eco-Innovative Solutions, Resource Efficiency, Circular Economy, Sustainable Cities?

Find here, among the many EU funding opportunities for companies, researchers, civil society and innovators, the programmes relevant to your project. 


I.  HORIZON 2020 - R&I Funding 

Horizon 2020 is the 2014-2020 EU funding programme for Research and Innovation. It covers the whole research and innovation value chain, from big international collaborative research projects to smaller projects with a clear view on the market. Thematic work programmes set the priority topics for 2 years and every year calls for proposals are open for these pre-defined research and innovation topics. For topics falling under the EIC Pillot or the Fast Track to Innovation, calls for proposals are continously open with 3 or 4 cut-off dates per year.

Under Horizon 2020, Greentech stakeholders are addressed mostly in the work Programme of the following Societal Challenge 5 "Climate action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials (climate services, eco-innovation, low carbon Europe, earth observation, raw materials extraction and recovery, water, nature-based solutions, cultural heritage, nature capital accounting). 

Deadlines :

• 2018 : 27/02/2018  (one stage and first stage); 5/09/2018  (for second stage only)

• 2019: 19/02/2018 (one stage and first stage); 4/09/2018  (for second stage only)

You can notably found here the presentation and recording from the 2017 SC5 infoday about 2018 calls. 

Calls for proposals from other Societal Challenges might be of interest for the Greentech sector, in particular:

Circular Economy projects with strong industrial components could also find funding under the second pillar of Horizon 2020 “Industrial leadership” and the work programme Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology, in particular for calls from the Public Private Partnership SPIRE.

Though they are not any more specific topics, for the SME instrument and the FTI Fast Track to Innovation calls for proposals are open to every topics, more information in the work programme of the European Innovation Council (EIC) 2018-20 which regroups them. 


Did you know that you could have opportunities within other areas?

For calls for proposals from other societal challenges that might be of interest for this area, please check the SYNERGIES here.

You can notably refers to the listing of calls for the following focus areas (transversal across horizon 2020):

You can also download the INFOGRAPHIC that shows which type of projects can be funded.: Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials". 

For other specific instruments please see our section SMEs : Menu EU Funding >> SMEs




EUROSTARS is a transnational funding scheme from the EUREKA Programme. Its aim is to help “R&D performing SMEs” whatever the sector to get their innovation faster to the market and lead international R&D projects. You can contact INNOVIRIS for more information. EUROSTARS-2 is open to all sectors.

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So-called EUREKA Network Projects are, in reality, market-oriented transnational collaborative RDI projects. The projects submitted in this framework come from partners following a purely "bottom-up" logic. In the case of a positive evaluation, the projects do not receive any funding from EUREKA but a label. They are financed by national funding agencies (Innoviris for Brussels) according to their own specific funding rules.

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Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) are transnational funding whereby member states organize joint calls for proposals based on a common research agenda. The application process is organized by an international secretariat and funding comes from regional bodies according to their eligibility and financial rules.

- JPI Urban Europe calls for proposals can be of interest for the Greentech sector: it aims at co-funding projects that promote an attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas.
Your contact in Brussels: INNOVIRIS.

- JPI Climate: BELSPO is member of the JPI Climate and as such can provide co-funding to French and Flemmish speaking community. JPI Climate targets trans-disciplinary research projects active in climate services development and deployment, climate predictions, sustainable society transformation in the face of climate change, tools for decision making under climate change.



LIFE is a funding instrument from DG Environment that co-funds the test and demonstration of innovative approaches, services, technologies. the involvement of public actors is traditionally more important in LIFE but especially since the 2016 call there is a stronger emphasis under LIFE for close-to-market projects from SMEs. 

However, if limited research aimed to improve and enhance the knowledge data underpinning the project may be carried out within a LIFE project, the main difference with Horizon 2020 is that research must be strictly limited and intrinsically related to the project's objectives. Nevertheless, proposals that foresee to take up the results of environmental and climate-related research and  innovation  projects  financed  by  Horizon  2020  or  by  preceding  Framework Programmes will received a higher scoring, if the research results relevant for the uptake are adequately presented and the manner in which they will be used for the implementation of the LIFE project is convincingly demonstrated. Look at this document summarizing all differences. 

LIFE has annual calls for proposal generally open in the Spring with deadlines in September. For more information you can find here the contact information of the Belgian contact points for the different strand. 



The Region of Brussels-Capital participates to the Interreg North West Europe.  This European transnational cooperation programme encourages public, private, scientific and civil society organisations to cooperate in order.