OPEN CALLS: November, 2020

OPEN CALLS: November, 2020

November, 2020


Deadline: December 7, 2020 (pre-proposals)

FCT is member of the network BiodivERsA, an ERA-NET project whose major goal is to build a dynamic sustainable platform to identify the most pressing strategic issues for biodiversity. BiodivERsA launched 10 calls for proposals in Biodiversity and FCT participated in 7 of these. The Call Announcement and Guidelines for Applicants contains detailed information on call objectives, topics and expected impact, national/regional funding rules and how to apply for funding. 

Deadline: March 10, 2021, 17:00 Lisbon time

Aiming at promoting and strengthening the competences of scientific and technological institutions through the participation of their teams in Projects, FCT will opened a call for proposals for financing projects in all scientific domains. The call will support projects in all scientific fields that fall into the following types: Scientific research and technological development projects (IC&DT) and Exploratory research projects (PeX). Open for submissions from January 28, 2021.

Deadline: December 31, 2020

List of calls targeting Madeira:


- Investing in Energetic Efficiency [Investimentos a Bordo no Domínio da Eficiência Energética] code MAR20-P1-2018-04.


- Protection and Restoration of Biodiversity and Marine Ecosystems [Proteção e Restauração da Biodiversidade e dos Ecossistemas Marinhos] code MAR20-P4-2018-05.


- Sustainable Development of Aquaculture in Innovation Domains, Counseling and Productive Investments [Desenvolvimento Sustentável da Aquicultura nos Domínios da Inovação, Aconselhamento e dos Investimentos Produtivos] code MAR20-Q1-2018-08.


- Fishing and Aquaculture Products Transformation [Transformação dos Produtos da Pesca e Aquicultura] code MAR20-S7-2018-09.


Q&A about Portugal 2020.

‍European Calls

Deadline: December 1, 17:00 Brussels time

This call intends to develop a modular and interoperable solution to enhance situational awareness and operations in the maritime environment through the development of a multi-sensors and scalable capability to detect, classify, track, and identify threats across a wide area of missions, including the ability to counter adversary attempts to use low-observability materials, designs and technologies to escape detection.

Deadline: December 1, 17:00 Brussels time

Many SMEs struggle to embrace the Industry 4.0 revolution and the uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies and systems remains a challenge: only one in five manufacturing companies have already used advanced manufacturing solutions[1]. A recent study[2] shows that for nearly three-quarters of the firms, the most important barrier to the uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies and systems is the high cost of investments in advanced manufacturing acquisition and the lack of financial resources. About half of all firms also indicate difficulties in assessing the performance and the potential business return of such technologies and/or the lack of skilled personnel required to adopt relevant technologies and business models.

Deadline: December 11, 12:00 Brussels time

The Directorate-General for Maritime Policy, as an operator of the Blue Growth Program of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 (EEA Grants), launched an opening notice for projects in the area of education and training. This call aims to fund projects that improve skills and competences in marine and maritime affairs through education and training. The funding to be allocated will be € 200,000 to € 250,000 per project.

Deadline: December 16, 2020

The programme will refund up to €1250 to each selected SME once the company will have undertaken the mission abroad and will have provided its invoices. 

Deadline: January 12, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The European Researchers' Night aims to bring researchers closer to the general public and to increase awareness of research and innovation activities, with a view to supporting the public recognition of researchers, creating an understanding of the impact of researchers' work on citizen’s daily life, and encouraging young people to embark on research careers.

Each proposal should set up at least one European corner, providing general information about the European Union and how the EU funds science and education cooperation within Europe and beyond. The involvement of researchers funded by Horizon 2020, including the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, is highly encouraged.

Deadline: January 12, 2021 17:00 Brussels time

Within the Framework Partnership Agreement[1] in European low-power microprocessor technologies awarded in 2017, the selected consortium will be invited to submit a Research and Innovation Action proposal for the second phase of the design and development of European low-power processors and related technologies for extreme-scale, high-performance big-data, AI and emerging applications, in accordance with the research roadmap defined in the respective FPA.

Deadline: January 26, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The European Green Deal expects to transform Europe into a fair and prosperous society with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy with no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050. The topic contains two subtopics: 1) (RIA): Development of land-based renewable energy technologies and their integration into the energy system; 2) (IA): Demonstration of innovative technologies to enable future large scale deployment of offshore renewable energy.

Deadline: January 26, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The planned Horizon Europe Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change, including Societal Transformation, will test, evaluate and scale-up a range of adaptation solutions with the aim to trigger societal transformations among key community systems (i.e., health; primary production including agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture; water; environment, including biodiversity; and infrastructure including clean energy and transport) that are central to resilience building and sustainable growth. Therefore, the actions funded under this call topic will serve as early facilitators in pre-identifying and upscaling the most promising cross-sectoral solutions at a regional scale.

Deadline: January 26, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The urgency and the scale of Green Deal challenges require the mobilization and advancement of world-class scientific capacities and resources such as those offered by European Research Infrastructures. They will contribute to the transition towards a climate-neutral Europe, targeting at least 50% emissions reduction by 2030. As a pilot under Horizon 2020, activities will focus on the provision of research and innovation services for breakthrough research in two priority areas: energy storage and advanced climate/environment observation and monitoring. Expected impacts range from answering short-term needs of thematic European Green Deal objectives to longer-term perspective including Horizon Europe.

Deadline: January 26, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

Underpinned by knowledge in the latest IPCC and IPBES reports, large-scale ecosystem restoration is urgent – the window of opportunity is closing rapidly. It needs a systemic approach to deliver tangible benefits on the European Green Deal actions for climate (mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk reduction), biodiversity, zero pollution, and sustainable food systems (from farm to fork), health, and wellbeing. Actions under this topic should therefore be pivotal in demonstrating and promoting systemic solutions for upscaling urgent restoration to increase biodiversity and support a wide range of ecosystem services, as requested in the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 for damaged terrestrial, freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems.

Deadline: January 26, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

This topic covers citizen deliberation and participation. Actions should establish transnational networks of experts, researchers, practitioners, and relevant civil society organizations specialized in deliberative democracy and civic participation across Europe, including professionals in the field of public engagement. Experts on gender equality and climate justice should also be included. They should share good practice, tools, and resources and implement participatory and deliberation processes on priority issues in order to deliver on the Green Deal, both at the level of local communities and at a wider scale. They should establish a connection across the diverse participation and deliberation processes across regions and countries up to the European level. They should build on already existing experience and tools, notably open-access ones stemming from EU-funded projects such as the RRI Tools platform.

Deadline: January 26, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

Taking into account the latest policy needs and developments, this call topic aims at establishing new knowledge, exploring the feasibility of new or improved technologies, and demonstrating innovative solutions to protect health, environment, and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicals. Selected projects are expected to advance our knowledge of health impacts and environmental effects and to address and preferably prevent a specific pollution problem involving contamination of environmental resources (such as soil, sediments, air, food, and drinking water). The solutions developed should lead to cost-effective prevention, monitoring, and to, as a last resort, mitigation or elimination of the issues (e.g. mitigation or remediation efforts in particularly affected geographic areas).

Deadline: January 26, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The new context of extreme wildfires requires accelerating the shift towards implementing a more holistic fire a management approach that integrates environmental, climate, health & safety/security, cultural and socio-economic aspects with:

  • research, demonstration, and deployment of innovative means and methods tailored to extreme wildfire behavior, such as better and more advanced techniques, models, solutions, and capabilities for preventing, predicting, monitoring, and fighting wildfires, and mitigating their impact, including better and advanced technologies, equipment, and decision support systems for first responders;
  • proactive governance, change of forest management practices, large-scale and community-based risk assessments, awareness, and preparedness - where citizens, local communities, the forestry, and bio-economy sectors play a central role.

Deadline: January 26, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

Building on best practices (technological, non-technological and social), as well as ongoing projects and planned initiatives in European airports and ports, actions should address the activities either under area A) Green Airports OR under area B) Green Ports. Proposals should clearly indicate which area they are covering.

Deadline: January 26, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

Within the Framework Partnership Agreement in European low-power microprocessor technologies awarded in 2017, the selected consortium will be invited to submit a Research and Innovation Action proposal for the second phase of the design and development of European low-power processors and related technologies for extreme-scale, high-performance big-data, AI and emerging applications, in accordance with the research roadmap defined in the respective FPA.

Deadline: January 2021 (tbc)

The Green Deal call will mobilize research and innovation to foster a just and sustainable societal transition aiming at ‘leaving nobody behind’. Projects are expected to deliver tangible and visible results relatively quickly and show how research and innovation can provide concrete solutions for the Green Deal's main priorities. In addition to technological development and demonstration, the call encourages experimentation and social innovation for new ways to engage civil society and empower citizens. 

Deadline: June 23, 2021 17:00 Brussels time

The present call targets projects on low-carbon technologies and processes in all sectors covered by Directive 2003/87/EC (the EU ETS Directive):

Innovation in low-carbon technologies and processes in sectors listed in Annex I, including environmentally safe carbon capture and utilisation (‘CCU’) that contributes substantially to mitigating climate change,as well as products substituting carbon intensive ones produced in sectors listed in Annex I, environmentally safe capture and geological storage (‘CCS’) of CO2, and innovative renewable energy and energy storage technologies.


December 3-4, 2020

The event, hosted by the Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, will digitally bring together ocean leaders, policy-makers, youth, researchers, entrepreneurs, academics, civil society, and many inspirational speakers.


1) An Israeli consortium led by an Israeli digital telehealth SME providing a platform for clinical-nutritional-service, MetaboList, is preparing a proposal under call topic: LC-GD-6-1-2020 Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations in support of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy; subtopic F - Shifting to sustainable healthy diets, sourced from land, inland water and sea, and accessible to all EU citizens, including the most deprived and vulnerable groups, is looking for additional partners with expertise in the following fields:


  • Analyze and build nutritional Food DB covering the E2E farm-to-fork supply chain including safety, sustainability, cost, localization
  • Support the behavioral-change necessary to comply with the nutritional and physical activity recommendations.
  • Deploy & test the solution
  • Increase awareness to the necessity and availability of clinical-nutritional-service for all and particularly people with obesity and multimorbidity


To express your interest please write directly to: Mr. Eran Dariel, CEO,


2) An Israeli consortium led by an Israeli Fertilizer company Deshen Hatzafon, is preparing a proposal under call topic LC-GD-6-1-2020 Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations in support of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy; subtopic C -Reducing the dependence on hazardous pesticides; reducing the losses of nutrients from fertilisers, towards zero pollution of water, soil and air and ultimately fertiliser use, is looking for additional partners with expertise in the following fields:


  • Research institutes with abilities to monitor integrated environmental parameters.
  • Seed company, with emphasis on root breeding capabilities.
  • Big Food Retailer (Food chains and supermarkets).

To express your interest please fill in the word form and send it directly to: Dr. Avishai Mor, Coordinator,


3) This link will lead you to a Google Drive folder with several diverse profiles of expertise offers from Israeli SMEs, Researchers and NGOs, looking for an opportunity to build or join a consortium in the frame of the European Green Deal Call. The folder is divided into call topic ID subfolders, where you may find relevant profiles in PDF files, and in addition there are three catalogues prepares by three different Israeli research institutions, offering their researchers contribution to relevant consortia. 

The European research and innovation missions aim to deliver solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our world. They are an integral part of the Horizon Europe framework programme beginning in 2021. Find out more about this mission area.

Presentation slides of the Horizon Europe webinar held in November 2020. Lear about the EU Research & Innovation Program 2021-2027.

Presentations and recordings of the info day sessions held in September are available here.


Also, here you can find tips and events to prepare for this call.

In order to help the community to build or to complete its consortium within the framework of the Green Deal call, French NCPs offer a web page exclusively dedicated to this call. It lists the skills offers and search of the French community (limited to organizations, establishments, clusters, manufacturers, SMEs, startups, regions, and equivalents) but also those from other European NCPs. It is possible to consult them and, if necessary, to get in touch with future partners.

Information about the online workshop on "Shaping the EU mission 'Caring for Soil is Caring for Life' " held in October.

Learn all about Horizon Europe, its strategic planning, implementation, news and related links.


The European Commission has recently made available a recording and presentations regarding this matter. All the information can be found here.


Watch a recording of the workshop Novelties in Horizon Europe MGA, held by the EC in October 2020, or download the presentations:


Presentation 1: General overview, state of play & financial provisions

Presentation 2: Systems and Process Audits

Presentation 3: Exploitation, IPR & Open Science in Horizon Europe


On the same note, the European Fund Management Consulting has published an article about Horizon 2020 particularly on maximising impacts. Part 2.

Check this YouTube channel for H2020 webinars, helpful tips on project proposals in general and information about Horizon Europe.

The National Strategy for Oceans 20212030 is a public policy instrument for the Oceans that presents the country's vision, objectives, areas of intervention, and goals for the period 2021–2030, with regard to the Ocean's development model. This model starts from the Ocean as one of the main pillars of sustainability on the planet and is based on the principles of preservation and sustainable use of the resources and services of marine ecosystems in harmony with the economic, social, and environmental development that is intended for Portugal until 2030. Bearing in mind the relevance and the central role that the Ocean can play globally in the next decade, this Public Consultation is intended to receive contributions with a view to pursuing the objective underlying the development of this new Strategy.

Recording and presentation of the event held in April. For more information on LIFE funding for climate change adaptation projects, watch the recording of the dedicated webinar.

‍Participant Portal: partner search

This feature offers the possibility to look for partners directly in the context of individual call topics (open and forthcoming). Potential applicants can access the list of existing partner search requests for a given topic via the individual call topic pages. From the same place, Legal Entity Appointed Representatives (LEARs) can also create new partner search requests on behalf of their organization. Detailed guidance is available.

H2020 deadlines calendar

Calendar to follow the coming opportunities in the recently published work programmes.

New (Horizon 2020) FAQs have been published on April 17, 2020

In relation to the COVID-19 outbreak, new Horizon 2020 FAQs have been posted.

H2020 Online Manual

Open Calls

Visit the European Commission portal for the full list of calls. And FCT for national calls

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