UK Participation in the Green Deal Call

The European Commission officially launched the Horizon 2020-funded European Green Deal call in September 2020. 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 European Green Deal call and can apply to receive their grant funding through the Horizon 2020 programme. 

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

The UK eligibility to participate in the European Green Deal call was confirmed by the European Commission in September 2020.  A video with the statement made at the European R&I days regarding UK eligibility, is available via the European Commission (from 1:27:02). Furthermore, the Commission has published a dedicated FAQ with a statement regarding UK eligibility for the call on its Funding and Tenders Portal

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; and 
  • 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. 

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 

In line with the launch of the call, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) held a series of events intending to promote this sizeable funding opportunity and support potential applicants hoping to engage with specific call topics. Recordings of these events are available below.

KTN - Horizon 2020 Green Deal: Information and Consortia Building Event Series

Useful Contacts 

National Contact Points  

The UK National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 have expertise covering specific Horizon 2020 programmes and sectors, and are the primary contacts for enquiries about the European Green Deal call. They offer an accessible, free and confidential service to all types of UK applicants, and can support you with your application. They will give impartial advice regarding Horizon 2020 calls, tailored to the needs of each individual. UK National Contact Point contact details are available on the website.

UK Research Office (UKRO) 

UKRO maintains a dedicated Green Deal call page (UKRO login required) with useful resources for subscribers and detailed questions about the call can be sent to your dedicated UKRO European Advisors. 

Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) 

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 (R&I) projects that align with KTN’s and the UK’s 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 to find out more about how we can work with you. 

Tags: European Green Deal, Horizon 2020