The Research Executive Agency has received 661 proposals for the final calls for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2, which closed on 23rd of Janaury. These are the SC2 calls with the largest budget allocated under Horizon 2020: €521 million.
The call for proposals closed on 23rd of January 2020 - 24h after the expected deadline due to an IT issue.
The calls on Natural Resources (FNR), the one with the largest budget, received the highest number of proposals, 260 in total: 150 for the two-stage call and 110 for the one-stage call. The calls on Sustainable Food (SFS) received in total 208 proposals: 178 for the two-stage and 30 for the one-stage call. The interest in the Rural Renaissance (RUR) was translated into 159 project proposals: 113 for the one-stage call and 46 for the two-stage. The Blue Growth (BG) calls received the fewest proposals: 23 for the two-stage call and 11 for the one-stage call.
These are the SC2 calls with the largest budget funded by the current Research and Innovation Framework Programme, Horizon 2020. A budget of €521 million is available for the four calls to fund projects on Food and Natural Resources (€208,7 million), Sustainable food security (€173 million), Rural Renaissance (€88 million), and Blue growth (€52 million).
The evaluation of proposals by independent expert panels will start in February, in order to select the best projects for funding.
In May, REA will inform one-stage applicants about the evaluation results and whether their proposals have been successful. Successful projects are expected to begin as of October 2020.
Applicants to the two-stage topics will be informed of their results in April, and the shortlisted will have until 8 September to submit a full proposal. Applicants with successful projects will be informed of their success in December 2020, and these projects are expected to start as of May 2021.
Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) - Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy - aims to lead the transition towards an optimal and renewable use of biological resources, and towards sustainable primary production and processing systems. SC2 projects are managed by the Research Executive Agency (REA).
Source: Research Executive Agency News (http://bit.ly/2tJGgtB)