Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation.
Read more about the Horizon Europe programme here.
This call aims at developing innovative designs, materials and solutions to improve resilience and climate proofing of the built environment (in particular new and existing buildings) in a cost-effective and reliable manner.
Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:
- Increased awareness of the built environment’s protective role for people and climate adaptation in case of disruptive events.
- Mainstreamed resilience as a key feature of the built environment across its life cycle.
- Improved ability of the built environment to support the preparedness and responsiveness to disruptive events at larger scales.
- Improved ability of the built environment to contribute to the overall quality of living and working.
- Strengthened supply chains for materials and solutions for a resilient and climate proof built environment, adapted to local risks.
The proposal should:
- Deliver innovative designs, materials and solutions to improve resilience and climate proofing of the built environment (in particular new and existing buildings) in a cost-effective and reliable manner.
- Ensure the proposed solutions cover a broad spectrum of natural risks and disasters, for instance natural disruptive events such as earthquakes, floods, heat waves, with a particular focus on extreme climatic events.
- Ensure the proposed solutions make use of natural, easy to manage, as well as advanced, evolutive materials and technologies that help combat the effects of global warming (increased cooling demand, heat island effects, etc.) and result in increased durability, resilience and adaptability of buildings and infrastructures, including their foundations.
- Consider social innovation where relevant, notably as new tools, ideas and methods leading to active citizen engagement and resilience, and as drivers of social change, social ownership, and new social practices.
- Develop and deploy digital and interoperable tools for monitoring, detection of, and response to critical situations (e.g. evacuation of people and first responders).
- Rely, where relevant, on self-sensing and adaptable materials, and materials with embedded sensors and actuators.
- Include, as part of the proposed solutions, built environment concepts that are self-sustained for a certain period of time – including off-grid electricity supply, green infrastructure and water purification and / or rain water provision in buildings.
- Where relevant, investigate whether and how the proposed approaches could apply to cultural heritage buildings across different typologies and geographic conditions, also including innovations in business models and ensuring holistic integration of disciplines across the value chain.
- Validate the proposed solutions for a set of locations that is coherent with the risks and disasters considered in the proposal, ensuring a high degree of awareness and involvement of supply chains.
- Demonstrate that the proposed solutions improve the protection of people when experiencing disruptive events and contribute to enhance resilience and climate proofing at a larger scale (e.g. district, city, energy system).
- Demonstrate that the proposed solutions contribute to improving the overall quality of living and working in the buildings (e.g. in terms of accessibility, comfort and well-being).
- Demonstrate cost-effective improvement of the energy performance, reducing the cost of the interventions compared to traditional methods, as well as the energy related operational costs after the renovation.
- Demonstrate that the proposed solutions improve the use of relevant data such as weather forecasts or catastrophe warnings by monitoring and management systems in the built environment (e.g. to launch automatic emergency protocols to warn and protect buildings users).
- Lead at least 3 large-scale demonstration of the solutions in diverse geographical areas, with various local environmental, social, and economic conditions.
Read more in the Work Programme , page 289.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions;
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States;
- eligible non-EU countries including countries associated to Horizon Europe and low- and middle-income countries.
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations 1) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such undernational law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
Unless otherwise provided for in the specific call conditions, legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes:
- at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
- at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.
The funding rate is up to 60% of the eligible costs. This funding rate applies both to members and non-members of the partnership, except for non-profit legal entities, where the funding rate is up to 100% of the total eligible costs.