Societal Challenges

Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials 2018-2020


On 27 October 2017 the European Commission has published the Work Programme 2018-2020 containing new calls for proposals in the Societal Challenge Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. The overall budget for the 2018 call is EUR  361.05 Million. For the calls in 2019 there will be EUR 392.95 Million available. For the calls in 2020 the Work Programme foresees EUR 370.95 Million and a list with topic titles.

The aim of Societal Challenge 5 is to support projects, which promote a more resource efficient European economy and society.

The work programme 2018-2020 comprises the following research priorities and submission deadlines:

Call - Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement

  • Climate adaptation, impacts and services
  • Inter-relations between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • The Cryosphere
  • Knowledge gaps

Call - Greening the economy in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Connecting economic and environmental gains - the circular economy
  • Raw materials
  • Water for our environment, economy and society
  • Innovating cities for sustainability and resilience
  • Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Earth observation
  • Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Nature-based solutions, disaster risk reduction and natural capital accounting
  • Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Heritage alive