Horizon Europe - Missions - Prevent and eliminate litter, plastics and microplastics: Innovative solutions for waste-free European rivers

Deadline :
September 27, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
EUR 10,000,000.
Partners required:
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

Funding programme

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation.

Read more about the Horizon Europe programme here.

Call overview

This call aims to demonstrate scalable breakthrough innovations (technological, business, social and governance) to prevent and minimize pollution from litter, plastics and microplastics in European rivers.

Expected outcome

Project results are expected to contribute to all the following expected outcomes:

  • Reduced pollution from litter, plastics and microplastics in European rivers;
  • Accelerated uptake of innovative solutions to prevent and minimize pollution of rivers by litter, plastics and microplastics;
  • Effective monitoring of litter, plastics and microplastics in freshwaters to implement the Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive;
  • Reduction by at least 50% plastic litter at sea and by at least 30% microplastics released into the environment;
  • Contribution to the Mission’s Digital Ocean and Water Knowledge system through marine observations and open data and knowledge sharing.

Scope

In line with the EU Towards Zero Pollution Action Plan for Air, Water and Soil, proposals should demonstrate scalable breakthrough innovations (technological, business, social and governance) to prevent and minimize pollution from litter, plastics and microplastics in European rivers.

Following the zero pollution hierarchy, proposals under this topic are expected to identify a set of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions to be tested, validated and demonstrated to prevent and minimise pollution from litter, plastics and microplastics in major European rivers that flow out into the European seas and in their catchment areas, taking into consideration land-river interactions through measures, such as:

  • Upstream prevention of pollution from litter, plastics and microplastics;
  • Substitutes or alternative less polluting substances and materials for the most prevalent litter, plastics and microplastics found in rivers;
  • Solutions to prevent or eliminate litter, plastics and microplastics from rivers.

Read more in the Work Programme - Missions, page 176.

Eligibility

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.

Consortium composition

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.

Budget

EUR 10,000,000.

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Deadline :
September 27, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
EUR 10,000,000.
Partners required:
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