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What EU public funding Calls are of interest to an innovative project in the bioeconomy? What are the deadlines for 2020? What information has been already published about them? Where should I look for specific information on EU Calls for 2020? If you are looking for answers to these questions, you are reading the right post.

As a reference and introduction, above there is an infographic from EIP-AGRI (Agriculture and Innovation) that presents all funding possibilities for agriculture and forestry in 2020 under Horizon 2020. 

This post goes a little bit beyond that and includes not only the main EU calls available for projects in the agricultural and forestry sector, but also calls and deadlines for the maritime sector (last one not represented in the chart above) in the context of the bioeconomy for this year. Those Calls are: EIC Accelerator, Fast Track to Innovation (FTI), EMFF, H2020 Social Call 2, LIFE and BBI JU.

2020 is the last year of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. In 2021, the EU will launch Horizon Europe, the next 7-year Framework Programme. Thus, 2020 is an important and closing time span.

Important note: not all deadlines for these programmes have been published yet, this post will be updated throughout 2020 when new dates are made public.

EIC Accelerator

Call-ID: H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020

EIC Accelerator

“The EIC Accelerator pilot (previously called SME Instrument) supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. The EIC Accelerator pilot (SME Instrument) is for innovators with ground-breaking concepts that could shape new markets or disrupt existing ones in Europe and worldwide.” – Funding & Tenders Portal.

 EIC Accelerator 2020 Deadlines:

  1. 08 January 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time
  2. 18 March 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time
  3. 19 May 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time
  4. 07 October 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time

Link: EIC Accelerator Call information

Link: EIC Accelerator Quick infographic

    Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)

    Call-ID: H2020-EIC-FTI-2018-2020

    “FTI accelerates the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations by providing funding in an open, accessible scheme that nurtures ideas from consortia of innovators of all types and sizes from across Europe.” – Funding & Tenders Portal.

     FTI 2020 Deadlines:

    1. 19 February 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time
    2. 09 June 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time
    3. 27 October 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time

    Link: FTI Call Information


      Environmental monitoring of ocean energy devices

      Call-ID: EMFF-OM-2019

      This call for proposals seeks to: “increase the amount of environmental data and improve knowledge on assessing possible impacts of ocean energy devices deployed at sea; contribute to reducing uncertainty in modelling potential impacts of future ocean energy devices; provide guidance to ocean energy developers and to public competent authorities in charge of licencing and maritime planning and to inform stakeholders and help feed the public debate.” – Funding & Tenders Portal.

      Environmental monitoring of ocean energy devices 2020 Deadline: 15 January 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time

      Link: Environmental monitoring of ocean energy devices Call Information.

      Blue economy window call

      Call-ID: EMFF-BEW-2019

       “Grants supported under the Blue Economy Window call for proposals 2019 will address the challenge of developing and bringing to market new products, services, and business models for SMEs that could ultimately create profitable activities.” – Funding & Tenders Portal.

      Blue economy window call 2020 Deadline: 27 February 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time

      Link: Blue economy window Call Information

      Link: Blue economy window call infographic 

      H2020 Societal Challenge 2

      H2020 SC2

      The H2020 Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) Calls cover various topics: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy.

      Then, the Work Programme of the H2020 SC2 is structured around four calls: “Sustainable Food Security”, “Blue Growth”, “Rural Renaissance”, “Food and Natural Resources” and a Thematic Investment Platform on Circular Bioeconomy.

      Deadlines for proposals for the four calls above are bi-annual, for 2020, they are:

      • 22 Jan 2020 (Deadline for “single stage topics” and for the first stage of the “two stage topics”)
      • 08 Sep 2020 (Second stage of the “two stage topics”)

      Link: More information on the H2020 SC2 here.


      “The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. (…) It is divided into two sub-programmes, one for environment (representing 75% of the overall financial envelope) and one for climate action (representing 25% of the envelope).” – EU Commission

      Calls for this programme are still only indicative.

      Environment sub-programme

      1. April 2020: Call open for traditional projects
      2. June 2020: Submission of concept notes
      3. October 2020: Pre-selection of concept notes invited to submit full proposals
      4. February 2021: Submission of full proposals

      Climate Action sub-programme

      1. April 2020: Call open for traditional projects
      2. September 2020: Submission of full proposals

      Link: LIFE Programme information

      BBI JU Calls

      BBI JU

      “The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is responsible for the implementation of open Call for proposals for Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs), Innovation Actions (IAs – DEMOs and FLAGs) and Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs), in line with the Horizon 2020 rules for participation.” – BBI JU


      • Call identifier: H2020-BBI-JTI-2020
      • Publication date: 15 April 2020
      • Indicative deadline: 3 September 202061 17:00:00 (Brussels local time) – (single stage call).
      • Indicative budget: EUR 87 million

      Click to see the 2020 Annual Work Plan of the BBI JU.

      More infor: BBI JU Calls for Proposals information

      We will update the post when the calls and deadlines are out, stay tuned!


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