Open Calls Network


Interoperability for border and maritime surveillance and situational awareness

Digital, Industry and Space
€20 Million
Innovation Action

“Authorities performing surveillance of maritime borders and maritime wide areas use a range of technologies, and receive a range of information, to monitor wide areas, detect threats or crises, and respond to them. However, these inputs are not always merged into common command-and-control (C2) systems that can inform rapid decision-making. The proposed solution(s) should allow improved interoperability (at both back-end and front-end levels), independently of the supplier of the equipment, and ideally interchangeability that enables exchange of information among authorities that use different systems.

-Include the design of open architecture C2 systems, including open standards for APIs and data models
-Enable simultaneous connection of different sensors (or of different data, or of different assets, depending by the module) by different suppliers, the flexible tasking and monitoring of surveillance assets like RPAS, and the visualization and manipulation of the data in a single user interface in a seamless way. This will support practitioners to exploit their technology stack in an agnostic way
-Allow for seamless connectivity between C2 systems from different authorities, and at different coordination levels; include cybersecurity measures and information access segregation capabilities; include concepts of operation, standard operating procedures and common lexicon for joint operations using interoperable systems through the proposed solution(s)

-Increased border surveillance capability, better performing and more cost-efficient, with data and fundamental rights protection by design
-Improved surveillance and situational awareness of sea borders, but also of maritime infrastructures as harbours and commercial and civilian maritime security, including in key areas such as the Arctic
-Improved multi-level, multi-authority and cross-border (among Member States and Associated Countries practitioners) collaboration thanks to better interoperability of sensing, analysis and C2 systems”

Digital, Industry and Space
€15 Million
Innovation Action

This joint topic relates to the Adaptation to Climate Change Mission’s third objective, aiming to support at least 75 full-scale deep demonstrations of climate resilience, to Mission Ocean, & waters’ objective 1, protection and restoration of marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity and objective 2 – prevent and eliminate pollution of marine and freshwaters. The topic also relates to several specific objectives of the Mission “A Soil Deal for Europe”, including to reduce soil degradation and soil sealing and to prevent erosion.

-Contribute to the networking and coordination activities and joint activities of the three Missions, including establishing links with the projects funded under the Horizon 2020, the European Green Deal call and under Horizon Europe, when particularly relevant. for climate adaptation knowledge and solutions
-Include a mechanism and resources to establish links with the Implementation Support Platform of Mission Ocean and Waters and build links with other activities of this to maximize synergies, including with the EU Macro-regional Strategies and regions
-Include a mechanism and resources to establish links with the Implementation Platform of Mission Soil Deal for Europe
-Support the Ocean and Water Knowledge System, in particular by contributing to knowledge creation and data.

-Demonstrate effective and inclusive integrated multi-stakeholder approaches to the management of landscape, soil, water, vegetation at a regional level to increase the resilience of the area to climate change impacts on soils, water, habitats and biodiversity
-Demonstrate effective nature-based solutions and ecological approaches to increase landscape water retention capacity, including soil water retention capacity
-Enhance implementation of the European Green Deal, the EU Adaptation Strategy, the EU Biodiversity Strategy, EU legislation for the protection of freshwaters (such as EU Water Framework Directive and EU Groundwater Directive;) and the EU Soil Strategy for 2030

Digital, Industry and Space
€8 Million
Innovation Action

In line with Farm to Fork Strategy, the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the Soil Strategy for 2030 and the EU Action Plan: ‘Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil’, proposals should demonstrate scalable breakthrough innovations (technological, business, social and governance) to reduce fertilizer use and to prevent and minimise soil and water pollution from excess nutrients (especially nitrogen and phosphorus) in the landscape-river catchment-sea system, including coastal ecosystems, in the Mediterranean Sea basin.

-Upstream prevention/reduction of nutrient losses from soil and pollution with nutrients of soil and water, such as through reduction in the use of fertilizers, improved nutrient retention in soil and slower release to crops, improved nutrient use efficiency, integrated landscape and soil management, reduction of nutrient losses from rural and urban communities
-Prevention of entry of nutrients in river catchments area and/or their reduction, such as reduction of nutrient losses from agricultural and other practices, improved wastewater treatment, use of green filters and other measures for the reduction of the flow of nutrients through the river system and prevention/reduction of their entry into the estuary/sea
-Measures reducing/eliminating excess nutrients from the estuary/sea to reduce and/or eliminate the risk of eutrophication.

-Innovative, reproducible solutions to prevent, minimise and remediate soil and water pollution from excess nutrients (especially nitrogen and phosphorus) in the landscape-river catchment-sea system and transition waters in the Mediterranean Sea basin
-Accelerated uptake of innovative solutions to reduce the use of fertilizers and to prevent, minimize and remediate nutrient pollution and to reduce ocean and inland water eutrophication
-Effective monitoring of nutrient pollution in line with existing methodologies under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and under the Water Framework Directive

Digital, Industry and Space
Research & Innovation Action

Water availability and quality is one of the most pressing issues, affecting human health, limiting food production, limiting ecological services, and hindering economic growth. The uncertainty of water availability and its quality is a limiting factor of the resilience of agriculture to climate change, and poses a problem in relation to unknown long-term effects on human health and ecosystems.

– Produce tools and techniques to support farmers, special planners, policy makers and water managers with scientific and practical knowledge
– Develop or improve with new scientific knowledge and practice the methodology for monitoring and prediction of water quality and quantity requirements for agricultural use
– Assess and propose adaptation of water infrastructure and land use
– Develop scientific and practice advice to reduce water losses and ensure appropriate water security and quality in agricultural practices
– Technologies to support a significant reduction of the presence of pesticide residues and nutrients in water bodies

– Ensuring the quality and safety of irrigation waters

– Enhanced understanding of current water, fertilizer and pesticide requirements in the agricultural sector

– Protection of surface water and groundwater quality against harmful impacts of climate change
– Advancing the understanding and prediction of the impacts to water availability and quality of climate change affecting agricultural water consumption patterns

– Designing solutions, pathways and strategies for risk assessment, mitigation and adaptation to agricultural (irrigation) practices in the event of extreme weather pressures

Digital, Industry and Space
€9.6 Million

The adoption of Big Data and AI technologies in the space industry represents a significant opportunity to innovate, following industrial requirements to better respond to well-identified user needs.

– Develop new and innovative products and services designed by industrial and user requirements, having Copernicus data assets and services products at their core, and scaling up to the increased data volumes of Copernicus’ archives;
– Develop new, enabling, scalable, operational solutions and technologies to improve the capabilities and performance of the Copernicus value chain and supporting infrastructure.

– Adoption of Big Data and AI technologies for Copernicus management;
– Implementation of specialized Artificial Intelligence technologies, Linked Open Data paradigms and semantic archives to scale to the full archives of Earth Observation data volumes;
– Promote the collaboration of ICT actors, both from industry and academia, with the earth observation/space stakeholders and Copernicus users

Digital, Industry and Space
€12 Million
Innovation Action

Proposals will address the complex dynamic of energy consumption and energy efficiency of small fishing vessel fleets and their related operations. Activities should also address good practices in fisheries management allowing fish stock to grow, which will lead to an increase in catch per unit effort and result in fuel consumption reduction per unit of catch. Close cooperation between the fishing community, researchers and other stakeholders is a crucial requirement to ensure that solutions and technologies are suitable for and acceptable by the end-users and economically viable for (often) very small fishing enterprises.

-Identify a set of suitable innovative and sustainable solutions, technologies and practices to be tested, validated and demonstrated in real conditions to reduce emissions and fuel consumption of small fishing vessels (12-15 meter), to increase energy efficiency in on board fishing operations and comply with EU regulatory frameworks

-Enhanced implementation European Green deal objectives and the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030
-Reduced fuel consumption and emissions from small fishing vessels and improved energy efficiency in related operations as well as noise pollution
-Accelerated renewal of fleets of small fishing vessels
-Increased users’ choices and responsible user behaviors
-Improved monitoring and understanding on the impact of small-scale fishing fleets on climate change and marine biodiversity

Digital, Industry and Space
€8.5 Million
Innovation Action

In line with the EU Zero Pollution Action Plan for Air, Water and Soil, proposals should demonstrate scalable breakthrough innovations (technological, business, social and governance) to prevent and minimize marine and freshwater pollution from chemical pollutants. Following the zero pollution hierarchy, proposals should focus on demonstrating replicable solutions to prevent and minimise pollution in the Mediterranean Sea including its major river catchment areas

-Upstream prevention of pollution from chemicals
-Identifying substitutes or alternative less polluting substances and materials for the most prevalent chemical pollutants found in freshwater and at sea
-Carrying out demonstration activities in 3 different Member States and/or Associated Countries of the Mediterranean sea basin, involving and including in the consortium entities from these three countries

-Innovative, reproducible solutions to reduce and remediate pollution from chemicals in the Mediterranean Sea basin in line with the target of reduction by at least 50% of the use and risk of chemical pesticides and to the objectives of the EU Zero Pollution Action Plan and the Convention for the protection of the Mediterranean sea against pollution and the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability
-Accelerated uptake of innovative solutions to prevent and minimize chemical pollution
-Effective monitoring of chemical pollution in line with existing methodologies under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and under the Water Framework Directive
-Contribution to the Mission’s Digital Ocean and Water Knowledge system through marine observations and open data and knowledge sharing

Digital, Industry and Space
Innovation Action

This topic relates to the Adaptation to Climate Change Mission’s third objective, aiming to support at least 75 full scale deep demonstrations of climate resilience and to Mission Ocean, and waters’ objective 1 aiming at protection and restoration of marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity. It also contributes to the objectives of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Water Framework Directive – including in terms of Good Environmental Status and restoration of aquatic ecosystems – and the Marine Spatial Planning Directive.

– Solutions to build resilience to climate change in coastal areas in the Atlantic and Arctic sea basin, through the deployment of nature-based solutions, including nature-based infrastructures
– Deploy full-scale demonstrations of innovative solutions with concrete measurable impacts
– Involve local actors, communities and citizens
– Carry out demonstration activities in 5 different regions belonging to the Atlantic and/or Arctic sea basin
– Involve at least 10 ‘associated regions’ as third parties to showcase the feasibility, replicability and scale up of the solutions developed

– Upscaling of innovative solutions building climate resilience for coastal areas, making communities climate-proof and weather-resilient
– Collaboration and twinning between most advanced and front-runners regions on climate adaptation
– Acceleration of synergetic transformation to climate neutrality and climate resilience in coastal areas
– Technological, logistical, social and economic innovation
– Basin-scale cooperation, including through transition arrangements
– Contributing to the implementation of the European environmental policies
– Contributing to better informed citizens and decision makers

Digital, Industry and Space
€6 Million
Research & Innovation Action

The complexity of soil presents major challenges with regard to the modelling of soil processes. Past efforts have been limited to specific aspects such as individual ecosystem services rather than providing a holistic understanding of soil dynamics including physical, chemical, and biological processes and the interlinkages between ecosystem services. In addition, advances in modelling offers new opportunities to predict the delivery of ecosystem services.

-Improve existing and develop and test new soil models that allow for better and easier integration and reduced uncertainty of soil-related (physical, chemical and biological) processes
-Integrate soil processes modelling for ecosystem services quantification
-Ensure inter-operability between existing databases and integration into Destination Earth and the European Soil Observatory
-Develop specific user cases for soil modelling, e.g. large-scale soil erosion modelling, towards the integration of local sustainable soil management practices or catchment or field scale modelling of nutrient exports (surface-subsurface-groundwater components)

-Enhanced modelling capacity of soil-related processes under Destination Earth
-Enhanced access to comprehensive soil relevant knowledge and data for a wide range of stakeholders and more informed decision making processes related to soil management and policy through relevant data provided by digital modelling of soil processes
-Improved sustainable soil management practices based on an increased understanding of soil-related processes, their synergies and their interlinkages with ecosystem services
-Increased understanding of soil responses to practices under different land uses, climate extremes, dry and rewetting and land cover dynamic at various scales

Digital, Industry and Space
€4 Million
Research & Innovation Action

To adequately manage forests and the services they provide, reliable, up to-date, and coherent European forest information is more important. However, one of the challenges remain how to integrate information from different sources on the many functions that forests fulfil and the benefits they provide to society. Currently, data are scattered and often focusing on a limited set of indicators, which do not adequately represent the multi- functionality of forests.

– Develop a list of parameters relevant for monitoring of a range of ecosystems services provided by forests
– Consider the latest scientific knowledge and technology
– Assess and propose suitable solutions to make these data available
– Engage in a structured dialogue with institutions and stakeholders

– Development of a comprehensive information base for all stakeholders involved in forest matters

– Successful implementation of forest-related policy objectives under the European Green Deal
– Better understanding of the quantity and quality of European forests

– Efficient implementation of possible certification schemes in relation to forest multifunctionality