Horizon Europe: selected topics in 2021

As part of the preparations for Horizon Europe and after our team meeting, this thread is to coordinate around the selected topics for Edgeryders. It is made based on the workprogramme drafts and this list will be updated as we go.

The presentation from last week’s meeting can be found here. It contains calls of interest for 2021 & 2022. All other relevant documents are in the dedicated HE folder on the Drive, including the workprogrammes where you can read more details about these calls before they get published.

A part of the Clusters 2 and 5 (main interest), this list now contains calls from other clusters as well, having strong citizens engagement requirement.

Cluster 1: Health

DESTINATION 1 – Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society

  1. HORIZON-HLTH-2021-STAYHLTH-01-03: Healthy Citizens 2.0 - Supporting digital empowerment and health literacy of citizens, CSA
    Opening date: 22/4/2021 Deadline: 21/9/2021 tbc
    Indicative budget: 3 million (one project gets funded)

DESTINATION 4. Ensuring access to innovative, sustainable and high-quality health care

  1. HORIZON-HLTH-2021-CARE-05-01: Enhancing quality of care and patient safety, RIA
    Opening date: 22/4/2021 Deadline: 21/9/2021
    Indicative budget: 25 million (5 million per project)

Cluster 2: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society

DESTINATION 1 – Innovative Research on Democracy and Governance

  1. HORIZON-CL2-2021-DEMOCRACY-01-02: Economic models and modern democracies, RIA
    Opening date: 15/4/21 Deadline: 01/09/21
    Indicative budget: 10 million (2-3 million per project)

DESTINATION 2 – Innovative Research on the European Cultural Heritage and the Cultural and Creative Industries

  1. HORIZON-CL2-2021-HERITAGE-01-03: Cultural and creative industries as a driver of innovation and competitiveness, RIA
    Opening date: 15/4/21 Deadline: 01/09/21
    Indicative budget: 12 million (3.5-4 per project)

DESTINATION 3 - Innovative Research on Social and Economic Transformations

  1. HORIZON-CL2-2021-TRANSFORMATIONS-01-02: Providing support in a changing world of work and social protection, RIA
    Opening date: 15/4/21 Deadline: 01/09/21
    Indicative budget: 9 million (2-3 per project)

Cluster 4: Digital, Industry & Space

DESTINATION - Increased autonomy in key strategic value chains for resilient industry

  1. HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-31: European Technological and Social Innovation Factory, RIA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 23 September 2021. tbc
    Indicative budget: 5 million (one project gets funded)

  2. HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-32: Social and affordable housing district demonstrator, IA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 23 September 2021. tbc
    Indicative budget: 10 million (one project gets funded)

DESTINATION - A human centered and ethical development of digital and industrial technologies

  1. HORIZON-CL4-2021-HUMAN-01-07: Next Generation Internet community-building and outreach, CSA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 8 September 2021. tbc
    Indicative budget: 2 million (one project gets funded)

  2. HORIZON-CL4-2021-HUMAN-01-09: NGI Tech Review, CSA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 8 September 2021. tbc
    Indicative budget: 1.5 million (one project gets funded)

  3. HORIZON-CL4-2021-HUMAN-01-19: Testing innovative solutions on local communities’-demand, IA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 8 September 2021. tbc
    Indicative budget: 5 million (one project gets funded)

  4. HORIZON-CL4-2021-HUMAN-01-26: Workforce skills for industry 5.0, RIA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 8 September 2021. tbc
    Indicative budget: 5 million (one project gets funded)

Cluster 5: Climate, Energy & Mobility

DESTINATION 1 - Climate sciences and responses for the transformation towards climate neutrality

  1. HORIZON-CL5-2022-D1-01-03-two-stage: Social science for land-use strategies in the context of climate change and biodiversity challenges, RIA
    Opening date: 12 October 2021. Deadline: 10 February 2022 1st stage, 27 September 2022 2nd stage
    Indicative budget: 20 million (6-7 million for 3 projects)

  2. HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-03: Maximising the impact and synergy of European climate change research and innovation, CSA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 7 September 2021
    Indicative budget: 8 million (3-5 million for 2 projects)

  3. HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-05: Better understanding of the interactions between climate change impacts and risks, mitigation and adaptation options, RIA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 7 September 2021
    Indicative budget: 20 million (6-7 million for 3 projects)

  4. HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-02: Modelling the role of the circular economy for climate change mitigation, RIA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 7 September 2021
    Indicative budget: 15 million (5 million for 3 projects)

DESTINATION 2 - Cross-sectoral solutions for the climate transition

  1. HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-13: Strengthening Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research communities in climate, energy and mobility disciplines, CSA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 19 October 2021
    Indicative budget: 2-3 million € (1 project only)

  2. HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-12: Fostering a just transition in Europe, RIA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 19 October 2021
    Indicative budget 10 million (3-4 million for 3 projects)

  3. HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-05: Better understanding of the interactions between climate change impacts and risks, mitigation and adaptation options, RIA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 7 September 2021
    Indicative budget: 20 million (6-7 million for 3 projects)

  4. HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-02: Modelling the role of the circular economy for climate change mitigation, RIA
    Opening date: 15 April 2021. Deadline: 7 September 2021
    Indicative budget: 15 million (5 million for 3 projects)

The above selected topics don’t mean we are not open for invitations to join consortia on other topics, as long as the consortium and the proposal are solid.

We don’t lead any of these, we join as partners.

Next steps for the upcoming 3 months:

  • reach out to potential partners, existing contacts we trust and want to work with mentioning briefly what topics we are interested in and saying we are open to collaborate on any other topics they are working on if they see fit for our methodology. Set up short meetings if needed. Ideally everyone who was in the team meeting makes this outreach effort.
  • use Cordis database to find some contacts of organizations who previously won similar calls; list them and prepare template e-mails to send out. @ivan @marina
  • organize an event late May or early June, closely linked to the White Paper. The idea would be to present and valorize our methodology in a way that the people who join can easily recognize the potential for their own projects. We invite interesting people who might be preparing proposals. We set up follow up meetings. @alberto (and whoever wants to be involved).
  • attend events (EC webinars, brokerage and networking events) @marina @ivan …share relevant info and follow up with contacts made there.

@amelia @hugi @bojanbobic @matthias @chiara.certoma

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Hi @marina,
any special reason (apart from interest for the topic, I mean) for the Democ 01.02 The future of democratic and civic participation is no longer included in your list? Do you think is not worthwhile of exploration (perhaps because you already know who’s likely to get it or similar)?

Hi Chiara, it’s because that call will be published in 2022, this list is for those coming up this year :slight_smile:

Very well, so we have time to networking… :wink:!

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Interested in this thread @marina and @chiara.certoma. Would be happy to connect with you in further efforts.

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Thanks @atelli, will keep you posted as I proceed.

Hey all, I am going to take the lead on this:

For the moment, I will talk to Jan and Anthony – possibly Francesco too.

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I’m making an info sheet with the calls of our interest which can be useful to send out to potential partners, like we did with the Green Deal.

I added above several calls from other clusters that I think could be interesting, the missing cluster to revise is Food.

I’m wondering @ivan can we reduce/revise the Climate calls? @matthias when could you share the ones that were interesting to you?

I will be starting soon (today/tomorrow) to send out e-mail invites for the event on May 13th. I would attach to that a pdf with a preliminary list.

In case you need, this is the preliminary list I’m currently sending out.
HORIZON EUROPE EDGERYDERS CALLS OF INTEREST.pdf (356.1 KB)

I can see some potential here, though this is not exactly research. It is highly partcipatory:

The core concept lies in collecting, and then matching, needs of cities and communities with supply of possible solutions from research results, involving adaptation to local needs, testing in real environments (cities/communities as testbeds) and ensuring benefits for all parts of society. […] It will draw on the diversity of the local environments and their needs and concepts for societal transformations and facilitate the sharing of experiences and lessons learned.

So, there is a lot of diversity that needs to be grouped and reconciled, and SSNA is good for that. The “concept” in the concept note could be: we conjecture that people will reach for low-tech and highly social solutions, like planting trees, over high-tech and business driven ones, like self-driving cars.

On the other hand, this is a difficult place to be in because they only fund the one proposal, so you cannot be the heterodox project in a portfolio of five.

it entails funding small experiments (cascading funding with micro grants of 60K).

HORIZON-CL4-2021-HUMAN-01-26: Workforce skills for industry 5.0 (RIA)

This ties in with the Amywhere organisation work. The call explicitly asks for SSH partners:

This topic requires the effective contribution of SSH disciplines and the involvement of SSH experts, institutions as well as the inclusion of relevant SSH expertise, in order to produce meaningful and significant effects enhancing the societal impact of the related research activities.Social innovation is recommended when the solution is at the socio-technical interface and requires social change, new social practices, social ownership or market uptake.

OTOH, one project with 5 million, and specifics on the TRL (?!?)

HORIZON-HLTH-2022-DISEASE-07-02: Pandemic preparedness

Long shot, but one of the expected outcomes is:

Health authorities have the evidence-base and tools for better public health measures.

And here it would be so interesting to look at the issue of trust. The concept could be: public trust is a key resource in public health. We look at dynamics of trust building and erosion during COVID, and try to work them in a toolkit. This could easily involve Guy and TANT to look at things like information propagation on social media etc. Marco would also make a great partner.

Three projects to be funded.

This one is for next year, so enough time to think about it. I would create a separate list for calls in 2022.

Discussed this briefly with @markomanka, who is tentatively interested. Ingredients:

  1. Ethnography of COVID and how people filtered, re-interpreted, circumvented or plain ignored COVID measures.
  2. Impact of noncompliance on modeling.
  3. Designing public health intervention for trust-building.
  4. Tracking of disinformation spreading.

Possible partners include @melancon and POLIMI. I think Stefano might like it. We need public health modeling expertise (Marco mentioned U Turku), but Marco has plenty of contacts in that domain.

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Hi @alberto, nice to see you again @markomanka,

what type of support are you looking for on the UB side? Is it more on the engineering level – which is ok – or are you foreseeing new research results in the area of network science?

That’s negotiable. At MoN we all felt like it would be great to do more research projects together. So I am looking for excuses to do so, rather than “needing” anything in particular.

I looked through all the Green Deal and climate related calls, and these two seem to match best with our methodology:

  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02-05: Wind energy in the natural and social environment. The “social environment” part would be our bit, and it’s quite interesting and potentially impactful. For example, in Germany new onshore wind generators are rarely being built nowadays because “people don’t like them around” and consequently a law was made saying they can only be built closer than 10 times their height from settlements if the local residents agree. But there are absolutely no incentives for them to agree – in my parents’ place there are many wind generators around, they’re basically “mining the resources” of the place, without any return to the local community. Exploring what incentives would make people accept them close to their villages would be a relevant thing to do. Such as, what if people in return got free electricity up to the average countrywide per-capita consumption?

  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D4-02-02: Solutions for the sustainable, resilient, inclusive and accessible regeneration of neighbourhoods enabling low carbon footprint lifestyles and businesses (Built4People). That connects to the work on urban green living we were doing for Climate-KIC before.

There are two more that I’m kind of interested in due to a collaboration with a friend who is into logistics:

  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D6-01-07: More efficient and effective multimodal freight transport nodes to increase flexibility, service visibility and reduce the average cost of freight transport
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D6-01-08: New delivery methods and business/operating models to green the last mile and optimise road transport

And then all the rest that sound meaningful to me but for which we have apparently no real way to get into consortia because we don’t have contacts in the space and it’s not what we have been doing so far:

  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-08: Restoration of natural wetlands, peatlands and floodplains as a strategy for fast mitigation benefits; pathways, trade-offs and co-benefits
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D1-01-09: The contribution of forest management to climate action: pathways, trade-offs and co-benefits
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D1-02-05: Let nature help do the job: Rewilding landscapes for carbon sequestration, climate adaptation and biodiversity support
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-08: Emerging technologies for a climate neutral Europe
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-11: Direct atmospheric carbon capture and conversion
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-14: Accelerating the climate transition in difficult contexts: transition super-labs (pilot)
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-01-19: Clean Energy Transition
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02-02: Next generation of renewable energy technologies
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02-08: Cost-effective micro-CHP and hybrid heating systems
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02-09: Carbon-negative sustainable biofuel production
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-01-02: Demonstration of innovative materials, supply cycles, recycling technologies to increase the overall circularity of wind energy technology and to reduce the primary use of critical raw materials
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-01-05: Demonstration of innovative plug-and play solutions for system management and renewables storage in off-grid applications
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-01-06: Novel Agro-Photovoltaic systems
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-01-10: Interoperable solutions for flexibility services using distributed energy storage
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D4-02-01: Demonstrating integrated technology solutions for buildings with performance guarantees (Built4People)
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D4-02-02: Cost-effective, sustainable multi-functional and/or prefabricated holistic renovation packages, integrating RES and including re-used and recycled materials (Built4People)
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D4-01-01: Demand response in energy-efficient residential buildings
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D4-01-02: Renewable-intensive, energy positive homes
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D4-01-03: Smarter buildings for better energy performance
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D4-02-01: Designs, materials and solutions to improve resilience, preparedness & responsiveness of the built environment for climate adaptation (Built4People)
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D4-02-04: Smart-grid ready and smart-network ready buildings, acting as active utility nodes (Built4People)
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D4-02-05: More sustainable buildings with reduced embodied energy / carbon, high life-cycle performance and reduced life-cycle costs (Built4People)
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D5-01-10: Innovative on-board energy saving solutions (ZEWT Partnership)
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D5-01-03: Exploiting renewable energy for shipping, in particular focusing on the potential of wind energy (ZEWT Partnership)
  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D6-01-10: Testing safe lightweight vehicles and improved safe human-technology interaction in the future traffic system
  • HORIZON-CL5-2022-D6-02-04: Accelerating the deployment of new and shared mobility services for the next decade
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Hi! If could be of interest, the italian consortium TopIX (working on technological innovation, managing the internet exchange infrastructure in the Piedmont region, but also with strong ties with the social innovation background in Turin) is organizing a series of webinars on the Horizon Europe 2021-2027 programme https://www.eventbrite.it/e/biglietti-la-programmazione-europea-2021-2027-horizon-europe-programme-155576350051 held in Italian. This one (14 june 2021 15:00 – 16:30 CEST) covers the Cluster 4 ‘ Digital, industry and space’ and hosts Alessandro Barbagli, Head of Sector Research Strategy & Programme Coordination, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission.

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Thanks @msanti, it could make sense… do you recommend it? What do you think, @ivan?

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