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EU, ERC and Horizon Europe support page

Here you find news related to Horizon Europe, ERC and other calls and events on Europe/EU-level, open calls for planning grants, early drafts for missions and work programme cluster 5 and 6, as well as an overview of support available for researchers connected to CEC, CEC Fellows, BECC, MERGE and/or LU Land during the planning and application phase.

Short-cut to all upcoming Tenders and Calls: Link to
Short-cut to all near-final drafts of (nearly) all WPs: Link to
Short-cut to ERC calls: Link to

Short-cut to LU Research Services collection of internal and external planning grants Link to



This section contains news and updates like open calls for planning grants etc. Below the news section you find general information about available support.

General news and opportunities

  • Final versions of calls and topics from Cluster 5 and 6 for 2023-24 are avalible. See below under heading Documents avalible on BOX if you need access.


Upcoming ERC calls

Preliminary deadline for ERC Advanced Grants call 2023: 23 May 2023
For more information about the call see: Advanced Grant | ERC (

Other upcoming ERC deadlines, Link to
ERC Proof of Concept (ERC-2023-POC) deadlines 24 January 2023, 20 April 2023, 21 September 2023
ERC Consolidator Grant (ERC-2023-COG) deadline 2 February 2023


Upcoming calls for 2023-24 (Cluster 6 - selection)

Final calls and an overview of deadlines for all calls are avalible on CEC Box, more information below on how to access.

Destination – Biodiversity and ecosystem services            

Deadlines: One stage calls: 28/3-23 and 22/2-24

    Two stage calls: First stage: 22/2-24 second Stage: 17/9-24

    Heading 1 – Understanding and addressing the main drivers of biodiversity loss
    Heading 2 – Biodiversity protection and restoration                      
    Heading 3 – Mainstreaming biodiversity in society and the economy                   
    Heading 4 – Biodiversity friendly practices in agriculture, forestry and aquaculture                      
    Heading 5 – Biodiversity and health                       
    Heading 6 – Interconnection of biodiversity research and policies                           

Destination – Fair, healthy and environment-friendly food systems from primary production to consumption

    Deadlines: One stage calls: 12/4-23 and 22/2-24;
    Two stage calls: First stage: 22/2-24 second Stage: 17/9-24

    Heading 1 – Enabling sustainable farming systems
    Heading 2 – Enabling sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
    Heading 3 – Transforming food systems for health, sustainability and inclusion
    Heading 4 – Targeted international cooperation

Destination – Circular economy and bioeconomy sectors

    Deadlines: One stage calls: 28/3-23 and 22/2-24;
    Two stage calls: First stage: 28/3-23 Second stage: 26/9-23; First stage: 22/2-24 Second stage: 17/9-24

    Heading 1 – Enabling a circular economy transition
    Heading 2 – Innovating for sustainable bio-based systems, biotechnology and the bioeconomy
    Heading 3 – Innovating for blue bioeconomy and biotechnology value chains

Destination – Clean environment and zero pollution

    Deadlines: One stage calls: 28/3-23 and 22/2-24
    Two stage calls: First stage: 28/3-23 Second stage: 26/9-23; First stage: 21/2-24 second Stage: 17/9-24

    Heading 1 – Halting pollution of air, soil and water
    Heading 2 – Protecting drinking water and managing urban water pollution
    Heading 3 – Addressing pollution in seas and ocean
    Heading 4 – Increasing environmental performances and sustainability of bio-based processes and products
    Heading 5 – Reducing the environmental impact and pollution in food systems

Destination – Land, ocean and water for climate action

    Deadlines: One stage calls: 12/4-23 and 22/2-24

Destination – Resilient, inclusive, healthy and green rural, coastal and urban communities

    Deadlines: One stage calls: 12/4-23; 22/2-24
    Two stage calls: First stage: 22/2-24 second Stage: 17/9-24

Destination – Innovative governance, environmental observations and digital solutions in support of the European Green Deal

    Deadlines: One stage calls: 23/3-23; 28/2-24

    Heading 1 – Innovating with governance models and supporting policies            
    Heading 2 – Deploying and adding value to Environmental Observations            
    Heading 3 – Digital and data technologies as key enablers          
    Heading 4 – Strengthening agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (AKIS)


Open calls for planning grants etc

  • SSF support to HEU applications, deadline 1 March 2023
    Link to
  • Region Skåne: Planning grant applications can be sent in at any time, with a paus in the evaluation process between June 15 - Aug 15, and December 15 - January 15. 
    Link to (in Swedish)
  • LU Research Services collection of internal and external planning grants Link to

(see information below for CEC, BECC, Merge, LU Land etc funding and support for writing applications)

Meetings and seminars/webinars

  • NEW: To help you find the right topic in the new work programmes, Research Services have arranged a full programme of digital information meetings at Lund, designed to give a concise overview of the key themes and novelties in each thematic cluster, and practical tips for using the relevant Work Programme.
    • Cluster 6: Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture & Environment 25 jan 15:00-15:45 Registration
    • Cluster 5: Climate, Energy & Mobility 31 jan 15:00-15:45 Registration
  • Region Skåne hosts digital workshops in 2023 on the new workprogrammes (in Swedish)
    • Kluster 5: Klimat, energi och mobilitet 25 jan
    • Kluster 6: Livsmedel, bioekonomi, naturresurser, jordbruk och miljö 27 jan
  • Read more and sign up at


Documents, calls and drafts for the 2023-2024 Work Programme are available on Box.

Note that some of the documents are drafts not final and subject to change. Current versions:

  • Cluster 5 (Climate, Energy and Mobility) 2023-24. Final
  • Cluster 6 (Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment)  2023-24. Final
  • Overview of call deadlines in WP6. Date: 2022-11-30
  • Draft WP for 2023 Clean Hydrogen Partnership. Draft date: 2022-10-31
    more info on the partnership on
  • Draft missions 2021-22 Draft date March 2022, recieved 2022-05-04
  • Draft Missions WP 2023-2024, Draft date 220421. Includes all 5 missions:
    • Adaptation to Climate Change
    • Cancer
    • Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030
    • 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030
    • A Soil Deal for Europe

Please send an e-mail to marianne [dot] hall [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se if you need an invite to the box folder.




    General information

    If you are planning to place an EU-project at CEC, please contact Research Coordinator Marianne Hall as early as possible to make sure CEC can host your project - there is co-funding to account for and admin resources that needs to be secured. See further instructions on the CEC staff pages, "Applying for funding" in the left margin.

    Lund University internal rules for participation in Horizon Europe (HEU) are available from the LU staff pages:

    Internal support for EU applications -


    Links to funders


    Relevant newsletters and mailinglists

    • EU Environment Newsletters - Keep up to date with the latest environmental policy developments and subscribe to the EU Environment newsletters that are relevant for you.
      Link to
    • LU Research Services mailing lists - Keep up to date on the latest news regarding the HEU clusters relevant for LU, sign up for your preferred news e-mail.
      Cluster news mailing lists -


    Support available from Research Services

    Support from Research Services (Forskningsservice) is given at all stages of the application. Always contact Research Services when you start considering an application within HEU.

    If you are coordinating a collaborative project, you will become eligible for internal funding. Grants are paid out in two forms, planning grants and coordination grants. Find more information in the links below (subject to changes).

    Support from CEC, available for researchers at CEC and CEC Fellows

    Support when writing research applications can be obtained via CEC research initiation. This includes:

    • In-kind-support regarding stakeholder contacts and management, communication plans, etc.
    • Financial support of up to SEK 20.000 for running costs, SEK 10.000 for consultants, 1 monthly salary for someone writing or coordinating the applications. NOTE however, that CEC will not top up support given by Research Services. Support from CEC is only given for costs not already covered.

    Further information will be found on the CEC webpage under "Support to research applications".

    Support to research applications

    Support from BECC, available for researchers connected to BECC

    • Presently, BECC has no explicit mechanisms for support to coordination or participation in HEU applications.
    • For long-term research development, BECC Action Groups is the preferred instrument.
    • If support for travel costs to project meetings is not already covered by institutions, BECC may develop a mechanism for support, if needed.
    • Support regarding stakeholder contacts and management is coordinated by Research Coordinator Juliana Dänhardt.
    • BECC can also provide support for arranging mentorship.

    Support from MERGE, available for researchers connected to MERGE

    • Support is presently provided in collaboration with CEC, BECC and LU Land
    • For long-term research development, MERGE Short projects is the preferred instrument.
    • If support for travel costs to project meetings is not already covered by institutions, MERGE may develop a mechanism for support, if needed.

    Support from LU Land, available for researchers connected to LU Land

    • LU Land continues to work with HEU applications by reviewing and identifying relevant calls and, based on this, will initiate/inspire/encourage suitable applications.
    • Support regarding stakeholder contacts and management is coordinated by Research Coordinator Juliana Dänhardt.

    Other available support

    LU Sustainability Forum 

    • Supports initiation of larger, cross-faculty applications
    • Find networks, stakeholders and researchers from all faculties
    • Find calls and links to ongoing initiatives
    • Gives an SFO-SDG workshop series with 3 themes: policy, writing applications (impact), and future oriented methodologies

    LU Sustainability Forum website -

    Climate-KIC / Innovation support

    • Find networks around innovation issues
    • Discuss innovation aspects with Olof Blomqvist and Lina Röjnert

    Climate-KIC website -

    LU Innovation

    LU Innovation can provide advice on impact parts in the application and on questions regarding intellectual property rights. See further on the LU Innovation web page.

    LU Innovation website -

    Research funders

    Research funders such as Vinnova and Formas sometimes have calls for planning grants. Open calls will be posted in the news section.


    CEC, CEC Fellows
    Research Coordinator
    Marianne Hall

    Marianne [dot] hall [at] cecl [dot] u [dot] se

    Research Coordinator
    Josefin Madjidian

    Josefin [dot] madjidian [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

    Research Coordinator
    Lina Nikoleris

    Lina [dot] Nikoleris [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

    LU Land
    Research Coordinator
    Juliana Dänhardt

    Juliana [dot] danhardt [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se