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12 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020
Brussels, Belgium
Water Knowledge Europe 2020 - EU Green Deal Call Brokerage event

The H2020 European Green Deal Call for proposals

The European Commission tables € 1 billion under Horizon 2020 to respond to the climate crisis, provide more protection to Europe biodiversity and habitats under threat, and accelerate a sustainable recovery. Water plays an essential role in this process.

Water Europe assessed the final topics of the EU Green Deal Call and selected a number of call identifiers that are water-related and can offer tangible opportunities for forging new project proposals. Please, use this link to download the file with the assessment and the links to the full text of the call:

Horizon 2020 Green Deal Call - pdf   

What are projects expected to do?

Projects are expected to deliver tangible and visible results relatively quickly and show how research and innovation can provide concrete solutions for the  EU Green Deal main priorities.

This is why the call will support

  • pilot applications, demonstration projects, and innovative products
  • innovation for better governance of the green and digital transition
  • social and value chain innovation

In addition to technological development and demonstration, the call encourages experimentation and social innovation for new ways to engage civil society and empower citizens.

In relation to the current pandemic, the call will contribute to the green and digital recovery and to increasing societal resilience for example in agriculture, biodiversity acceleration of renewables, clean transport and modernisation towards a clean and circular industry.

The Call covers a variety of aspects and sectors, such as energy, industry, transportation, agriculture and food, security, health, and government, as well as means for mobilising public involvement, awareness and lifestyle change, habits, use, and consumption of products and services. The Call aims to drive a rapid transition to a circular, green and clean industry: a growth engine that will not leave any industrial sector behind, and it will be another tool for Europe recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and the development of strength, capacity and resilience.

The call contains 10 areas

Eight thematic areas reflecting the key workstreams of the European Green Deal. In each area, one or more topics address the challenges outlined in the respective stream. Topics target specific, high-impact technological, and societal innovations that can help advance the sustainable transition relatively quickly.

Two horizontal areas (strengthening knowledge; empowering citizens) that cut across the eight thematic areas and offer a longer-term perspective in achieving the transformations set out in the European Green Deal.


The EU Green Deal Structure


Closed since 13 October 2020



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Participants 69
Meetings 53


Austria 2
Belgium 37
Benin 1
Cyprus 2
Denmark 4
Estonia 1
Finland 4
France 12
Germany 10
Greece 13
India 1
Indonesia 1
Ireland 6
Israel 6
Italy 19
Kenya 1
Korea, Republic Of 1
Malta 1
Netherlands 23
Nigeria 1
Norway 6
Poland 3
Portugal 9
Romania 3
Slovakia 1
Slovenia 1
Spain 39
Sweden 12
Switzerland 4
Tunisia 1
Turkey 3
United Kingdom 11
United States 1
Total 240


Association/Agency 21
Authority/Government 10
Consulting 15
Industry 19
Investor 1
R&D Institution 58
SME 29
Start-up / Entrepreneur 7
University 49
Utility 13
Other 18
Total 240

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