25 March 2021 | The European Green Deal is one of the six key ambitions of the European Commission for the years to come. With the overall goal of making Europe a climate-neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission supports research and innovation projects in sustainability within its new Horizon Europe programme. To be well-prepared for these calls for proposals, the EuroTech team organised a series of workshops in the EuroTech focus area Sustainable Society and is now following up with interested researchers.
Under the presidency of Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission wants to bring climate protection and the reduction of CO2 emission to the centre of their ambition. Research and innovation will play a crucial role in making this political objective a reality. Looking at the work programmes for 2021/2022, you can find references to the European Green Deal across all six clusters defined under the second pillar of Horizon Europe.
Knowledge brokering and community building
Having Sustainable Society as one of their five fast developing research and innovation focus areas, the EuroTech Universities are well-prepared to tackle the challenges of the European Green Deal. The EuroTech community would like to find joint answers to Horizon Europe calls in areas such as circular economy, smart and urban mobility, and earth observation and space. To promote even deeper collaboration in these fields and to maximize the cooperation through EU funding opportunities, the EuroTech Brussels Office organised a series of webinar. The goal of these webinars was to inform researchers from all six partners about the upcoming funding opportunities.
Next to the top-down defined calls in the second pillar of Horizon Europe, also bottom-up instruments like the MSCA Doctorates and the EIC Pathfinder were presented. Following the webinars, a mapping was launched across partners to get a better view on the expertise and the interests of the researchers covering different angles of sustainability. Based on the mapping, matchmaking sessions on specific calls will be organised within the next weeks.
If you are interested in getting involved in European cooperation in the fields of circular economy, smart and urban mobility, or earth observation and space, please contact the colleagues in the Brussels Office.