The European Green Deal is a high-profile review of existing EU environmental and sustainability policy, supported by new legislation with the target of making the EU ‘carbon neutral’ by 2050. €1bn of funding has been made available for a Green Deal Horizon 2020 call which covers all areas important to the Green Deal.
UK organisations are eligible to participate in and lead proposals. UK participation in successful projects will be funded by the EC for the duration of project regardless of project start and end dates. For more information, see the UKRI webpage on the Green Deal.
The Green Deal is an important policy direction for the EU and further calls will feature in Horizon Europe (the successor funding programme to Horizon 2020).
While we do not yet know whether the UK will associate to Horizon Europe, the recent UK Government Research and Development Road Map for Research states that if association does not take place “We will make funding available to allow UK partners to participate in European schemes open to third countries” (no details available yet). It is anticipated that the majority of Horizon Europe calls for collaborative projects will welcome third country participation. In either an association or a non-association scenario it is therefore anticipated that collaboration with European partners can and will continue beyond the end of 2020.