Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation framework programme, is the main funding instrument for the implementation of the Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ (Mission Soil). The ultimate goal of the Mission is to create 100 living labs and lighthouses. The co-creation of solutions on the ground, together with an ambitious research and innovation programme, soil monitoring and citizen engagement will ensure the long-term health and functions of soils. The Mission is also contributing to mitigating the environmental and socio-economic impacts of soil degradation.
Since 2021, the European Commission has launched three dedicated Mission Soil calls for proposals and evaluated 120 proposals, resulting in 28 projects with a total EU contribution of €161 million. The next Mission Soil calls for proposals are expected to launch in early 2024.
Further funding opportunities are available also under Cluster 6 ‘Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment’, within Horizon Europe. This cluster aims to fund research and innovation projects that tackle challenges and seize opportunities encountered by farmers, foresters, and rural communities and produce innovative solutions, thus showing strong linkages to Mission Soil. The goal is to foster a circular and sustainable approach to agriculture and resource management while addressing environmental and societal concerns.
Cluster 6 calls for proposals for 2024 are now open under the Work Programme 2023-2024. These include 75 new topics in the areas of sustainable food systems, nature-based solutions and biodiversity, and the sustainable development of rural, coastal, and urban areas, among others. The overall budget is €890 million in EU funding.
The Cluster 6 calls for proposals for 2024 were launched on 17 October 2023 and the deadline for submission of proposals is 22 February 2024.
If you missed the Cluster 6 Info Days on 27-28 September 2023, watch the recording to learn more about the different calls for proposals. To find project partners, feel free to check out the matchmaking portal (available until 25 December 2023).
The brochure, created by the EU CAP Network presents funding opportunities for agriculture, forestry, and rural areas in Cluster 6 and other parts of Horizon Europe. It helps navigate through the different calls for 2024.