With an investment of €1.3 billion, the H2020 Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) Work Programme for 2018-2020 responds to some of the key challenges our planet is facing for the years to come: adapting to and mitigating climate change; ensuring food security; safeguarding the natural resource base, promoting alternatives to fossil-based economies and sustainably using marine resources while protecting the oceans. Agriculture and food systems, forestry, the marine and the bio-based sectors are at the very heart of the challenges to be addressed. SC2 Work Programme focuses on the sustainable management of land and waters to secure healthy food as well as on the delivery of public goods such as biodiversity and clean water. Furthermore, it supports innovative food and marine industries, the bioeconomy and dynamic rural areas.
In this blog we will focus on Blue Growth, Rural Renaissance and Sustainable Food Security.
1. Blue Growth
There are 6 forthcoming Call Topics.
The Blue Growth Call aims at sustainably harvesting the potential of resources from seas, oceans and inland waters for different uses and across the range of marine and maritime industries, while protecting biodiversity and enhancing climate resilience. It supports sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors through a responsible management of marine resources for healthy, productive, safe, secure and resilient seas and oceans, which are essential for thriving ecosystems, climate regulation, global food security, human health, livelihoods and economies.
2. Rural Renaissance
There are 7 forthcoming Call Topics.
The Rural Renaissance Call will enhance the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural area and support policy coherence. It will boost economic development, ecosystem services and entrepreneurial innovation. This will be achieved by building on diversification and modernisation strategies, improving governance models, supporting innovative food and non-food value chains, and capitalising on local assets, including human natural and cultural capital.
3. Sustainable Food Security
There are 19 forthcoming Call Topics.
The Sustainable Food Security Call is Horizon 2020’s main contribution to research and innovation in relation to Food and Nutrition Security in Europe and beyond. Its commitment to sustainability implies that particular attention is given to the interfaces between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of food production. The call advocates for food system approaches to tackle the inherent links between ecosystems, food production, the food chain and consumer health and wellbeing.
If you wish to submit a proposal for any of the above topics and need help, then contact us. We can offer an analysis of the Call topic and support with writing a competitive proposal.