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Onsite digital technologies to monitor in soil nutritional compounds of food and possible applications for food safety

Digital, Industry and Space
€5 Million
Innovation Action

Onsite digital technologies are emerging in food production and have the potential to detect and eliminate threats to food safety. Similarly, digital applications, such as remote imaging and sensing can be used to monitor nutrients and pollutants in soil and help assess how these threats are e are transmitted to food. There is a need to improve the development and application of digital tools (incl. light-based applications) in primary production and food industries and boost their technological upscale as a means to address more effectively the soil-food nexus.

-Identify challenges to the upscale of existing digital technologies (incl. light-based technologies) related to the soil-food nexus
-Advance and/or develop innovative digital technologies and AI incl. light-based methods/models/tools and remote sensing, including exploratory modelling for calibration and prediction, to identify nutrients (e.g. C, N, P, K) and pollution which have a bearing on food quality and safety
-Explore and mobilize the potential of digital technologies in improving soil management practices (i.e. targeted fertilization, soil remediation) and demonstrate practical applications in relation to food quality and safety
-Improve knowledge on the use of remote sensing methods for the identification and assessment of contaminated soils and their risks for food quality and safety

-Increased availability of effective onsite digital tools (e.g. light-based technologies, remote sensing) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor the presence of nutrients and micro-nutrients, pollutants and pathogens in soil and food in various production phases of post-harvested food grown in soils
-Improved in-field detection of soil parameters leading to better food nutritional composition or posing a risk to food safety
-Digitalised European food industry through a more effective application of technologies including light-based technologies
-Advanced technological solutions are available to estimate polluted (e.g. pathogens, heavy metals) or nutrient surplus soils

Digital, Industry and Space
€45 Million
Innovation Action

“The objective is the development of systems to become open platforms underpinning an emerging open edge ecosystem including midcaps, SMEs and start-ups that foster edge solutions, which represent a modular functional spectrum of executable apps and services critical to establishing a mature European supply chain under challenging and extremely competitive market conditions

Target up-take and up-scaling of emerging EU-driven smart industrial internet of things and edge computing systems to perform under real life conditions, as to mature particular technologies like meta-operating systems for the IoT and the Edge, cognitive cloud technologies and tools for decentralized intelligence and swarm computing for adoption across key applications and sectors crucial for Europe’s competitiveness and open strategic autonomy

-Implementation of edge paradigms in real environments leading to matured and customized IoT and next generation edge computing technologies for adoption in key applications and sectors
-Open platforms underpinning an emerging open edge ecosystem including midcaps, SMEs and start-ups that foster edge solutions, which represent a modular functional spectrum of executable apps and services critical to establishing a mature European supply chain under challenging and extremely competitive market conditions
-Demonstrating cross-domain standardisation and up-scaling of edge infrastructure solutions”

Climate, Energy and Mobility
€1 Million

Support DG Mobility and Transport in addressing new business opportunities as well as new challenges of autonomous vessel operations on inland waterways, supporting the digitalisation and sustainability challenges of the EU.


-Define minimum requirements for safe and secure navigation of automated vessels on European inland waterways, considering technical, operational, and regulatory aspects.
-Conduct pilots utilizing EU Space data (Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus) to demonstrate and validate the findings. Contribute to the EU policy framework for automated vessels on inland waterways and support the work of CESNI.


Specific Tasks:
-Definition of operational scenarios
-Identification of user requirements
-Safety case definition and design
-Identification and analysis of challenges and barriers for automated vessels
-Prototype development and design of pilot projects
-Implementation, demonstration and validation of pilot projects
-Outreach activities and advisory group

Digital, Industry and Space
€14 Million
Research & Innovation Action

The final objective of this call is to prepare the next phases of the implementation of a Quantum Space Gravimetry pathfinder mission. To achieve this objective, one proposal for a phase B study, as specified in ECSS‐M‐ST‐10C, leading to a preliminary definition of a quantum space gravimetry pathfinder mission, will be selected.

-Covering both quantum space gravimetry payload and satellite platforms
-Implementation of measures that will enhance technological readiness of the critical components leading to TRL 6/7 at the end of the project

-Support the EU space policy and the green deal by providing the detailed definition of a quantum space gravimetry pathfinder mission
-Ensure EU sovereignty and non-dependence for the development of capacities leading to the availability of quantum space gravimetry
-Enhance the TRL of the critical components necessary to build quantum gravimetry for space

Digital, Industry and Space
€2 Million
Coordination and Support Action

The objective of the CSA is to prepare the development of the inland waters part (rivers, lakes, reservoirs, snow and ice etc.) of the Mission Knowledge system, and address activities to be developed to make it integrated or interoperable with the Digital Twin Ocean for a unified Digital twin of Ocean and waters for the Mission and the lighthouses.

-Address the various facets of fresh water systems from static knowledge to dynamic monitoring of runoffs, hydrology, hydrodynamics, biogeochemistry to biology, interactions with soils and seas, for climate purposes, water management or natural disasters (e.g. flood, drought) etc.
-Address different scales from catchment to global perspectives of the water cycle

-Inventory and prioritisation of EU/cross-boundary or international policies (WFD but not only) and topics to be addressed by the knowledge system on inland waters including principles of interfacing with national meteorological services duties including for climatology
-Inventory of current actions and projects (including European and National research projects and Research Infrastructures) ongoing to get access and further develop inland water monitoring (from observations to forecasting or projections) that goes beyond the duties of the national meteorological services
-Digital service portfolio relevant for a digital twin on inland waters -Roadmap for the integration of existing assets and development of necessary digital functionalities in a digital twin for inland waters, aligned with the Destination Earth and EU data spaces initiatives

Digital, Industry and Space
€9 Million
Research & Innovation Action

“To ensure safety of CCAM, it is essential that vehicles are not only safe during the (first) type approval, but also during their complete lifetime in a fast-changing road transport system. Changes can result from the evolution of the CCAM system itself, for example, as a result of increasing connectivity using V2X communication, the use of AI-based systems, and (OTA: over-the-air) software updates. The traffic system, in which CCAM systems are being deployed, is changing at a rapid pace as well, with an increased market share of vehicles with higher levels of automation, new (personal) mobility devices and autonomous mobility robots (e.g., for package delivery).

-Develop validation methodology for scenario-based safety assurance of AI-based CCAM functions
-Develop validation procedures for CCAM systems that rely on V2X for safety-critical functions i.e., the inclusion of the connectivity context
-Develop an approach for a continuous safety validation methodology, to monitor the safety state of deployed CCAM systems in operation (real traffic) during its service life, following type approval
-Develop tools that ensure the relevant degree of detail and the appropriate representation of other road users’ behaviour in virtual scenario-based testing
-Develop a safety assurance methodology that incorporates the assessment of Human Machine Interaction concepts for higher levels of automation ensuring safe communication between driver and vehicle and between vehicle and other road users, making Human Machine Interaction inclusive

-Safe scaling up of the deployment of CCAM systems for all levels of automation, including systems that for part of the driving phases rely on human-machine interaction
-Assurance of vehicle safety despite system changes, e.g., due to software updates and data exchanges between vehicles and the infrastructure
-Facilitating the introduction of fast developing technological innovations in the CCAM system’s functionality, such as AI.”

Digital, Industry and Space
€18 Million
Research & Innovation Action

Photonics – the technology of light – underpins daily life from smartphones to the internet and medical instruments to laser technology. It is an essential building block for the digital transformation of industry and society and for a green and healthy future in Europe.

R&D activities fostering:
-Light-based solutions to let the communication network sense while transporting data
-Light-based solutions to bring internet everywhere, with the most relevant access technologies

-Sensors/probes to monitor the quality of the communication network and of photonic signals transported in the communication network
-Methods to use the network as large-scale distributed sensor
-Development of foundational optical technologies, systems and networks that provide the future access infrastructure

Digital, Industry and Space
€5 Million
Innovation Action

Peat is commonly used as a growing medium in horticulture, as it has an excellent water retention capacity, is highly fertile due to reduced leaching of nutrients and improves soil buffering capacity. It is used both in nurseries and greenhouses and it is also commonly mixed with soil as a nutrient improver. The extraction of peat is highly contentious as it leads to habitat loss, soil degradation, CO2 emissions and flood risk. Therefore, sustainable alternatives to natural peat are required. Improved use of alternatives to peat and greater attention to impacts of horticulture on local soil would contribute to EU climate action, the Organic Action Plan and the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

-Develop alternative products to be used as sustainable substitute for peat to use as substrate in organic and conventional horticulture (e.g. for potted plants and herbs)
-Demonstrate the feasibility of alternatives to production and use of peat in horticulture, in accordance with relevant EU regulatory frameworks related to their placing on the market, and generate data to support improved social and environmental performance
-Analyse vulnerabilities, barriers, dependencies, and need for critical infrastructure that may hinder the upscaling of production and marketing of alternative soil-friendly practices
-Monitor the pre-market processes (i.e., design, production, testing, etc.) to demonstrate upscaling feasibility and economic profit

-The overall carbon and environmental footprint of the horticultural sector is reduced and value chains are more sustainable, in particular with regard to soil health
-Alternatives for peat are available and their sustainability is demonstrated in conventional and organic horticulture
-Novel products (alternative potting materials) show improved environmental, health and safety performance including through improved testing and validation methods throughout the entire life cycle
-Improved management, including reduced removal of peat, of natural and agricultural peatland ecosystems, mitigating the CO2 release into the atmosphere in the long term

Digital, Industry and Space
€7 Million
Research & Innovation Action

Land is a limited resource and needs to be managed carefully to meet the various, conflicting societal demands on land and soil. This includes demands arising e.g. from urbanisation, food/biomass production and environmental protection. Inadequate practices in land management and in land use planning are main drivers of land degradation and result in the loss of important soil functions. Spatial planning has a considerable role in steering a more balanced and sustainable use of land and ensuring that net land take is reduced, in particular if applying the principles of a “land take hierarchy”

-Improve the knowledge on trade-offs required to keep ecosystem services provision with expansion of urban, peri-urban and rural areas
-Identify good planning practices that integrate soils and their ecosystem Services (SES) into the spatial planning
-Demonstrate the impact of these practices on actual land use in urban and rural areas including, land take, the re-use of land, restoration, de-sealing and the support to soil functions
-Provide opportunities for training of planners and exchange of experiences (e.g. events, information tools) between the various actors involved in planning and land use decisions at various levels. Allow for participatory planning processes
-Improve the tools as well as the data and information basis (including maps) available to spatial planners and decision-makers regarding soil functions and ecosystem services

-Increased recognition of the value of ecosystem services in land use decisions due to increased awareness of spatial planners on the importance of soil functions, ecosystem services and soil health overall
-Information on soils is more easily accessible to planners and decision-makers
-Land use efficiency is increased and land take and soil sealing are reduced due to a more effective reuse of land and the application of the principles of the “land take hierarchy”
-Municipalities and authorities have planning tools at hand to develop and implement strategies for no net land take by 2050
-Spatial plans promote the use of Nature-based solutions for the improvement of ecosystem services provision in currently sealed areas
-Approaches for rezoning, restoration and de-sealing are available for building land and infrastructure which is no longer in use or to be reused

Digital, Industry and Space
Research & Innovation Action

With the increase of the orbital population and with the need of observing smaller objects to better protect the EU space assets, the need and added-value of developing Space-Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) missions in complement to ground SST networks shall be studied in Europe.

(to be developed)

-Study and assess several technical solutions for the development of a future European capability of SBSS
-Explore the use of small satellite solutions to reduce CAPEX and OPEX
-To develop in the mid-term the European capacity to operate independently SBSS
-To reduce the dependence on critical SBSS technologies and capabilities from outside Europe

Upcoming Calls

Closed Calls

Digital, Industry and Space
€16 Million
Research Action

The proposals should primarily consist of activities aiming to create, underpin and improve disruptive technologies that can achieve significant effects in the area of defence. Further, the proposals must substantiate their disruptive impact and could address disruptive technologies in any area of interest for defence highlighted below.

Some areas of Interest for Defence:

-Blockchain applications (e.g. for Identification of Friend or Foe)

-Tools and applications improving cybersecurity talents screening

-Artificial intelligence and robotic autonomous systems

-Future naval platform control and management

-Smart damage control related to future naval platforms

-Ship signature management

Digital, Industry and Space
€100 Million
Development Action

Space Situational Awareness (SSA) has become a key strategic and operational function to ensure access to space and for the provision of adequate support to space-enabled missions and operations. The development of an autonomous, sovereign EU military SSA capability enhancing and complementing the currently available Space Surveillance and Tracking capabilities in Europe is an enabler to ensure appropriate identification, characterisation and response to natural and man-made (including hostile) threats.


-Strengthening capability of the network of national space surveillance capabilities

-Complement activities already requested under previous EDIDP calls


-Developing technologies and products improving military space situational awareness in Europe

-Foster advanced development of components and system level technologies and products (including qualification for some parts) thus leading to a European military SSA initial operational capability

-Leveraging enhanced ground- and space-based sensors and state-of-the-art command and control, data management and processing

Digital, Industry and Space
€20 Million
Development Action

The threat of misuse of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-technology, which makes broad-scale attacks a lot easier, poses a serious threat to EU Member States. While the threat of mass cyber-attacks has become a reality since the Russian unprovoked aggression against Ukraine, the use of AI technology to manage mass cyber-attacks has drastically increased. There is an urgent need to develop new EU solutions in order to combat increasing threats in this field, while ensuring resilience, cybersecurity and enhance cyber operations capabilities.


-Promote defence measures against AI-based cyber-attacks by developing autonomous depoyable AI agents

-Support human operators, analysts and decision-makers at all levels (technical, tactical, operational, strategic and political level)


-Conduct automated and semi-automated incident management on different cyber defence systems for the entire process of the incident management cycle

-Contribute to enhanced cyber situational awareness, increased military infrastructure resilience and improved protection against AI-based and other advanced cyber threats

Digital, Industry and Space
€27 Million
Coordination and Support Action

As regards the Twinning Green Deal, climate change is the biggest challenge and the European Green Deal considers it is an opportunity to build a new economic model. The European Green Deal set the blueprint for this transformational change. All 27 EU Member States committed to turning the EU into the first climate neutral continent by 2050. To get there, they pledged to reduce emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This will create new opportunities for innovation and investment and jobs. It includes research and innovation actions related among others, to transport, industry, energy, buildings’ ecological efficiency, nature and health protection, boosting global climate action.


-Outline the scientific strategy for stepping up and stimulating scientific excellence and innovation capacity in a defined area of research and innovation
-Strengthening the research management and administration skills of the coordinating institution from the Widening country
-Development of a comprehensive strategy that should include some of the following: short-term staff exchange, expert visits, workshops, conferences attendance, organization of joint summer school type activities
-Illustrate quantitatively and qualitatively the expected potential impact of the twinning exercise within the coordinating institutes


-Improved excellence capacity and resources in Widening countries enabling to close the still apparent research and innovation gap within the European Union
-Enhanced strategic networking activities between the research institutions of the Widening countries and at least two internationally leading counterparts at European Union level
-Raised reputation, research profile and attractiveness of the coordinating institution from the Widening country and the research profile of its staff
-Strengthened research management capacities and administrative skills of the staff working in institutions from the Widening country

Digital, Industry and Space
€5 Million
Coordination and Support Action

Improving knowledge diffusion, technology uptake and having spill-over effects is fundamental to ensure that researchers and their institutions build on and valorise the latest available knowledge. Moreover, the exploitation of research results and the creation of value for our economy and society, often depend on the skills and abilities of the beneficiaries as well as the intermediaries (i.e., technology/knowledge transfer officers) to present and connect to those stakeholders that can help them take the results into the next level


-Establishing a tailor-made service package with training, coaching, mapping of results, experts and study visits, peer support, matchmaking events, innovation and IP management, knowledge transfer both in an individualised manner and collective workshops
-Help beneficiaries to better understand how to fulfill with D&E commitments under Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020 and to seek for opportunities by other community funding programmes especially under the cohesion policy (e.g., ERDF, ESF) as well as the RRF and Reform funds


-Strengthened Dissemination and Exploitation capacities including through better understanding of the Commission’s D&E Strategy and the opportunities it can offer to beneficiaries in need from widening actions
-Support to beneficiaries in their dissemination and exploitation of results through a market-oriented approach
-Improved skills and knowledge on D&E, knowledge transfer and IP management for researchers and management personnel of beneficiaries of widening actions to be able to fulfill their Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement obligations, including after the end of their project
-Increasing the maturity level of key exploitable results produced by widening beneficiaries

Civil Security for Society
€40 Million
Research & Innovation Action

The Hop On Facility allows for legal entities from low R&I performing countries to join already selected collaborative R&I actions, subject to the agreement of the respective consortium and provided that legal entities from such countries are not yet participating in it. The scheme aims to improve the inclusiveness of Horizon Europe by involving more research institutions from Widening countries under Horizon Europe Pillar 2 and EIC Pathfinder actions


-Integration of additional participants from a Widening country to an ongoing project under either Pillar 2 or EIC pathfinder scheme
-Demonstration of the added R&I value of the new partner and presentation of a visible and distinct work package for the acceding partner


-At system level, it mobilises excellence in the Widening countries, increases visibility of the participants from the Widening countries, improves knowledge circulation, and reduces lack of participation of the Widening countries in specific thematic domains
-At organisation level, it opens up silos of established closed consortia, improves research excellence of the Widening country’s institutions in specific fields, enlarges outreach of the participants’ R&I actions and provides access to new talent pools
-At the level of the beneficiary, new competencies and skills for working in transnational projects including research management and dissemination and exploitation are acquired.