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On the 25th of June Moverim took part in the Info day on the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy” (SC2) calls, . The event has been organized by the Research Executive Agency (REA), with the collaboration of the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (RTD) and the DG for Agriculture and rural development (AGRI).

During the event the representatives of the Commission have presented the financing opportunities for 2019 for this work programme. Furthermore the day has been the occasion to share insights about the future programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe.

Research in the agricultural sector beyond 2030

The proposal of the European Commission for a € 100 billion research and innovation programme (2021-2027) aims to:
• Strengthen the EU’s scientific and technological basis;
• Boost the capacity of innovating, competitiveness and creation of workplaces in the EU;
• Deliver on citizens’ priorities of citizens and support our socio-economic models and values.

Thanks to Horizon Europe, the European Commission also aims at tackling climate change, while reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The topics covered by the actual SC2 of Horizon 2020 will be part of the Cluster 5 of Horizon Europe, in the second pillar. The cluster 5 “Food and Natural Resources” should get an allocation of 10 billion of € and cover 7 intervention areas, which include features of the actual SC2 and SC5:

• Environmental observation;
• Biodiversity and natural capital;
• Agriculture, forestry and rural areas;
• Sea and Oceans;
• Food Systems;
• Bio-based systems;
• Circular systems.

Highlights of the 2019 calls

With the funding opportunities for 2019 will support both the following global commitments and the European policies:

– Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
– The Paris Agreement (COP21);
– United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
– The common agricultural policy (CAP) and the EIP-AGRI;
– The 2030 climate and energy framework;
The Bioeconomy Strategy;
– The Circular Economy Strategy;
Integrated maritime policy;
Digital single market.

On the basis of these European policies, of the commitments taken at a global level and of the goals of H2020 for SC2, 5 traversal priorities have been identified and they will be implemented thanks to three calls, as described in the following image.

Source: European Commission, 2018


The work programme for 2019 is divided into fewer topics compared to the previous period, even though the budget is higher. This means that more projects for each topic will be financed and there consequentially will be a higher success rate. In addition to this there will be a more balanced approach between research and innovation, with more topics aiming to the entrance to the market.

Call “Sustainable food security” – topics of 2019

This call supports the innovation in the sector of the food safety and nutrition both in Europe and in the rest of the world. € 296 million for 2019 will be devoted to the development of new approaches to create a link between food production, food chain, consumers’ health and wellbeing. The topics have been divided into the following sub-topics:
• from functional ecosystems to healthy food: topics SFS-01 (scope B); SFS-04; SFS-05; SFS-08 (scope B); SFS-11 (scope B); SFS-12; LC-SFS-17;
• Environment and climate smart food production and consumption: topics DT-SFS-26; SFS-28 (scope B); SFS-30 (scope B); SFS-31;
• international cooperation: topics SFS-34; SFS-35 (aim A and B); SFS-37; CE-SFS-39.

Call “Blue Growth” and 2019 topics

With a budget of 89 million for 2019, this call aims to strengthen the blue economy, preserving marine ecosystems. The projects must contribute to the development of the maritime and marine sector. This scenario should be reached thanks to a sustainable management of the resources, in order to preserve safety, health and productivity of the sea. At the same time, the topics are also linked to human health. The topics are the following:
DT-BG-04; BG-05; CE-BG-06; BG-07; LG-BG-09.

Call “Rural Renaissance” and 2019 topics

The specific aim of this call is to increase the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas. The budget for 2019 is 74 million. Projects must be oriented towards economic development, creation of services in the rural ecosystem and the promotion of an innovative entrepreneurship thanks to the following specific actions:

• From farm to society: understanding dynamics and modernising policies: topics RUR-01 (scope A and C); RUR-04;
• Organising sustainable food and non-food value chains under changing conditions: topics CE-RUR-08; CE-RUR-10; LC-RUR-11.
• Boosting innovation and enhancing the rural and social capital in rural areas: RUR-15; RUR-16; RUR-17


Learn more about the calls

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