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Innovative Health Imitative (IHI) Calls (Pre-launch Information)

Source of Funding: Innovative Health Initiative

The following topics are under consideration for inclusion in the next IHI calls for proposals, which we plan to launch at the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023. IHI is publishing the draft topic texts in advance of the official call launch to give potential applicants additional time to start building a consortium and drafting a proposal.

IHI call 3 (single stage call) - updated drafts of 24 November 2022

IHI call 4 (two stage call) - updated drafts of 24 November 2022

Note that the topics may change considerably between the versions published here and the call launch, and applicants should check the final, approved topic texts once the calls are launched.

Information sessions will be held as follows:

Call 3 - 12 - 15 December 2022, view agenda here.

Call 4 - 18 - 19 January 2023, view agenda here.

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Circular & Sustainable Textiles

Source of Funding: SwitchMed Programme

Are you an NGO from the southern Mediterranean and you would like to develop a media campaign to propose the reuse of clothes? Are you an educational entity and you would like to develop awareness-raising activities on textile consumption with schools? You have other ideas of actions to develop around sustainable and circular textiles? This call is for you!

SwitchMed is thrilled to announce the first edition of the Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction! This edition, focusing on sustainable textiles, includes a call for action developers opening today and aiming at rewarding the most outstanding actions carried out in the southern Mediterranean region. The 5 selected action developers will be awarded a voucher of 2.900 euros to cover the costs linked to the implementation of the action they propose to develop if they win the contest.

The call for actions is open to action developers that are legally established and respond exclusively to one of the following categories:

  • NGO/Civil Society Organization
  • Educational Establishment
  • Public Entity

The action developers should be legally based in one of the countries in which SwitchMed is implemented, namely: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.

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Open Access to JRC Research Infrastructures Calls

Source of Funding: Joint Research Centre (JRC)

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) opens its scientific laboratories and facilities to people working in academia and research organisations, industry, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and more in general to the public and private sector.

The JRC offers access to its non-nuclear facilities to researchers and scientists from EU Member States and countries associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon Europe. For nuclear facilities, the JRC opens to EU Member States and to countries associated to the Euratom Research Programme.

Offering access to visiting researchers is part of JRC's strategy to:

  • enhance dissemination of scientific knowledge;
  • boost competiveness;
  • bridge the gap between research and industry;
  • provide training and capacity building.

Scientists will have the opportunity to work in the following fields:

  • nuclear safety and security (Euratom Laboratories); 
  • chemistry;
  • biosciences/life sciences;
  • physical sciences;
  • ICT;
  • Foresight.

The results will also feed into JRC's mission to support EU policymaking.

The JRC is opening access to the following groups of Research Infrastructures:

Nuclear Laboratories:

  • Actinide User Laboratory (ActUsLab)
  • Environmental & Mechanical Materials Assessment (EMMA)
  • European Research Infrastructure for Nuclear Reaction, Radioactivity, Radiation and Technolgoy Studies in Science and Applications (EURFRAT)

Non-Nuclear Laboratories:

  • Energy Storage Research Infrastructures
  • European Laboratory for Structural Assessment
  • Nanobiotechnolgoy Laboratory
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Relevance Driven Calls:

AMALIA, assessment of nuclear power plants core internals (EMMA) 2022-2-RD-EMMA-AMALIA - deadline 31 January 2023

MCL, Micro-Characterisation Laboratory (EMMA) 2022-1-EMMA- MCL - deadline 31 January 2023

SMPA, Structural Materials Performance Assessment Laboratories (EMMA) 2022-1-EMMA-SMPA - deadline 31 January 2023

Hopkinson Bar facility, European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA) 2022-1-RD-ELSA-HopLab - deadline 15 February 2023

Nanobiotechnology laboratory 2022-1-RD-NanoBiotech - deadline 1 March 2023

PAMEC, Properties of Actinide Materials under Extreme Conditions (ActUsLab) 2022-2-RD-ACTUSLAB-PAMEC - deadline 10 March 2023

FMR, Fuels and Materials Research (ActUsLab) 2022-2-RD-ActUsLab-FMR - deadline 10 March 2023

HC-KA, Hot Cell Laboratory (ActUsLab) 2022-2-RD-ActUsLab-HC-KA - deadline 10 March 2023

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3rd call for large-scale projects


The Innovation Fund’s third call for large-scale projects was launched on 3 November 2022. The REPowerEU Plan announced the contribution of the Innovation Fund to further support the EU’s independence from Russian fossil fuels and accelerate Europe’s green transition.

With a budget doubled to EUR 3 billion thanks to increased revenue from the auctioning of EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) allowances, this third call counts four topics, three of which are part of REPowerEU:

  • Innovative electrification in industry and hydrogen (budget: EUR 1 billion)
  • Clean tech manufacturing (supporting manufacturing of components and final equipment such as electrolysers and fuel cells, innovative renewable equipment, energy storage, or heat pumps), (budget: EUR 700 million)
  • “Mid-sized pilots” projects for validating, testing and optimising highly innovative solutions (budget: EUR 300 million)
  • General decarbonisation, which isavailable to all projects eligible for the Innovation Fund except those which fall under dedicated RePowerEU topics (budget: EUR 1 billion).

Project applicants, please use the EU Funding and Tenders portal, where you can find further information on the overall procedure.

An online Info session will be held between 29-30 November 2022, read further here.

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Cities to Accelerate Clean Energy Urban Solutions

Source of Funding: Urban Transitions Mission

The Mission launched an open call for cities to join the Urban Transitions Mission City cohort. A first cohort of 50 cities will be identified by the end of 2022, while a second cohort of 250 cities will follow by 2024. A robust methodology in the selection process will ensure the readiness and commitment of cities to engage as frontrunners in innovation to support and accelerate the Mission goals. 

Cities are invited to apply online and express their interest to join the Mission’s cohort by the 29th of October through a brief questionnaire reflecting the assessment criteria, which can be found on the Global Covenant of Mayors, MI Urban Transitions Mission and partner websites. This provides further information on the value proposition for cities, their expected commitment, an info pack on the selection process, and FAQs.

Read the Info Pack by clicking here.

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Go To Market Programme

Source of Funding: Malta Council for Science and Technology

The “Go to Market” programme will form part of the existing national funds program FUSION which is administered by the Maltese Council for Science and Technology. The “Go To Market” program will serve as a conclusion to the development cycle of new technologies promoted under FUSION. Moreover, the “Go To Market” programme will continue to build on the innovations that have been developed by Maltese researchers during the FUSION Technology Development Program. This support measure is designed to lead to the final commercial release of these technologies in the global market. The Maltese Development Bank (MDB) was fundamental in the implementation of this scheme providing both an existing framework and knowledge to ensure that a scheme with an appropriate and effective design is created. The “Go To Market” scheme will consist of two separate programs;

  • The “Accelerator Program” and the “Loan Assistance Program”. The “Accelerator Program” will provide a grant to beneficiaries who have completed the TDP program so that they can validate their new product or service and optimize it for the market.
  • The “Loan Assistance Program” is a new scheme of “blended finance” which aims to address the market failures when making the jump towards the marketing of a product or service. This new program designed to address this gap so that the chain of FUSION programs has closed it from research in the initial stages to production. These initiatives are expected to increase the interest in financing loans to Maltese innovators and investors in the market of new and innovative products.

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Empowering Women in Agrifood 2022

Source of Funding: EWA - Malta

The goal of this program is to motivate early-stage women entrepreneurs to harness their power, understand their capabilities, equip them with the right knowledge, trust, and networks to successfully start and develop sustainable businesses. 10 women entrepreneurs will participate, for two months, in an educational program designed for specific challenges of women with respect to entrepreneurship.

EWA includes specific training, personalised mentoring, networking and financial opportunities and you will become part of the big EIT Food Community.

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EU TEENS4GREEN Call

Source of Funding: TEENS4GREEN

An open call to fund youth-led actions advancing the green transition in EU carbon-intensive regions covered by the Just Transition Fund.

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Promoting sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean. Call for subgrants! – EU-funded RESTART MED project

Source of Funding: ENI CBC Med Programme

RESTART MED! – a capitalization project, within the ENI CBC MED program, on sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean, launched a call for subgrants in order to engage and empower economic actors in the sustainable tourism sector.

The goal of the subgrants is to create visibility initiatives aimed at promoting the attractiveness of existing sustainable tourism products and increasing the attention to sustainable tourist destinations.

The broad theme for the subgrant requirements is a visibility initiative for a sustainable tourism product or service which in its production, operation, and/or delivery is considerate to at least two of the following sustainability pillars: socio-ecnomic sustainability, cultural sustainability, and environmental sustainability.

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ERC Starting Grant 2023

Source of Funding: ERC

The ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Size of ERC Starting Grants

Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 1 500 000 for a period of 5 years. The maximum size of the grants is reduced pro rata temporis for projects of a shorter duration. (This does not apply to ongoing projects).

Additional funding up to EUR 1 000 000 can be requested in the proposal to cover the following eligible costs when these are necessary to carry out the proposed work: (a) "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant, and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment, and/or (c) access to large facilities, and/or (d) other major experimental and field work costs, excluding personnel costs.

Additional funding is not subject to pro rata temporis reduction for projects of shorter duration.

All funding requested is assessed during evaluation.

Profile of the ERC Starting Grant Principal Investigator

The Principal Investigators shall have successfully defended their first PhD at least 2 and up to 7 years prior to 1 January 2023. Cut-off dates: Successful defence of PhD between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2020 (inclusive).

The eligibility period can be extended beyond 7 years in certain properly documented circumstances. See section Admissibility and eligibility criteria of the ERC Work Programme 2023.

A competitive Starting Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity, for example by having produced at least one important publication as main author or without the participation of their PhD supervisor. Applicant Principal Investigators should also be able to demonstrate a promising track record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including, e.g. significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or signitficant publications in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field, or research monographs. They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes, or any other scientific achievements they deem relevant in relation to their research field and project.

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