Horizon Europe (2021 - 2027)

Innovations to prevent and combat desertification

Last update: Jun 4, 2024 Last update: Jun 4, 2024

Details

Location:EU 27EU 27
Contracting Authority Type:Development Institution
Status:Awarded
Budget: EUR 14,000,000
Award ceiling: N/A
Award floor: N/A
Sector:Environment & NRM, Land & Erosion & Soil
Languages:English
Eligible applicants:Unrestricted / Unspecified
Eligible nationalities:Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, A ... See more Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dem. Rep. Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Commonwealth of, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, French Southern Territory, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine / West Bank & Gaza, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Date posted: Dec 8, 2022

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Description

Call updates

Mar 28, 2024 8:31:38 PM

CALL UPDATE: FLASH EVALUATION RESULTS

EVALUATION results

Published: 06/12/2022

Deadline: 20/09/2023

Available budget: EUR 126.00 million

Budget per topic with separate ‘call-budget-split’:

Topic code

Type of action

Budget
(EUR million)

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-04

IA

14.00

 

The results of the evaluation for each topic are as follows:

 

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-01

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-02

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-03

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-04

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-05

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-06

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-07

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-08

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-09

Number of proposals submitted (including proposals transferred from or to other calls)

8

6

12

15

17

6

15

37

7

Number of inadmissible proposals

0

0

0

3

2

1

1

0

0

Number of ineligible proposals

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Number of above-threshold proposals

4

3

9

5

11

4

7

19

3

Total budget requested for above-threshold proposals (EUR million)

24.5

19.9

52.0

35.0

70.0

26.4

41.2

220.4

35.6

Number of proposals retained for funding

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

4

1

Number of proposals in the reserve list

1

1

3

1

2

1

2

1

2

Funding threshold

14.5

12

12.5

13

14

13

15

12.5

14

 

We recently informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals.

For questions, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.

 


 

Sep 22, 2023 1:04:14 PM

Flash information on the CALL results

(flash call info)

The HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01 call was closed on 20th September 2023. 123 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The breakdown per topic is indicated below:

Topic code

Topic name

Budget
(in million €)

Number of submitted proposals

HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-04

Innovations to prevent and combat desertification

14.00

15

 The evaluation results are expected to be communicated between December 2023 - January 2024.


Jan 17, 2023 12:00:03 AM

The submission session is now available for: HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-04(HORIZON-IA)


Innovations to prevent and combat desertification

TOPIC ID: HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-04

Programme: Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
Call: Research and Innovation and other actions to support the implementation of mission A Soil Deal for Europe (HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01)
Type of action: HORIZON-IA HORIZON Innovation Actions
Type of MGA: HORIZON Action Grant Budget-Based [HORIZON-AG]
Deadline model: single-stage
Planned opening date: 17 January 2023
Deadline date: 20 September 2023 17:00:00 Brussels time

Topic description
 
ExpectedOutcome:

Activities under this topic will help to progress towards the objectives of the Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’, in particular its specific objective 1, “Reduce land degradation relating to desertification”.

Project results should contribute to all of the following outcomes:

  • The socio-economic and climatic drivers, the extent and the impacts of different types of land degradation (incl. water scarcity, vegetation loss, soil erosion) in (semi-)natural and agricultural systems of arid areas and areas becoming increasingly arid are clearly understood, accurately and reliably measured at the most relevant scale and in connection with specific land uses. This knowledge is widely shared among relevant actors from various sectors.
  • The economic viability and environmental effectiveness of solutions for the prevention of desertification and for the restoration of degraded land (such as soil protection measures that help retain water and reduce water needs, improve management of soil organic matter, avoid salinization, protect biodiversity, minimise soil sealing and increase land resilience to droughts) is demonstrated in the different local or regional contexts.
  • Enhanced access for land managers in desertification-prone areas to effective, context-specific restoration and prevention solutions and to information about the conditions under which they are effective.
  • The number and size of areas under sustainable soil and water management are expanded, and the retention of moisture in the landscape and the management of soil organic matter are improved across different land-use types and local-regional conditions. In consequence, dryland soils become more resilient and less vulnerable to drought and desertification.
Scope:

In 2017, 25% of land in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe was estimated to be at high or very high risk of desertification[1]. The risk is likely to have further increased since then, and to continue increasing because of accelerating climate change and continued pressures from land use and land-use change. Desertification leads to loss of biodiversity, of organic carbon and of other land-based ecosystem services, including reduced agricultural and forest productivity. Desertification further amplifies global warming through the release of CO2 and other greenhouse gases linked with the decrease in vegetation cover. Thus, it has severe environmental, social and economic consequences which need to be urgently tackled.

Proposed activities should:

  • Synthesise and gather evidence on the drivers and impacts of land degradation at all relevant scales, using diverse data flows and where relevant models, with a view to supporting alternative land management actions (scenarios) that alleviate the pressures from land uses and land-use changes leading to desertification.
  • Identify, demonstrate the effectiveness, and promote the scale-up of measures for reducing and reversing desertification and increasing soil’s water-retention capacity, taking into account (actual and projected) changes in climatic conditions. Work should be carried out at different scales and address various types of land use (agriculture, forestry and natural land) and land use changes. Due attention should be given to the role of plant and microbial diversity in increasing the resilience of land vis-a-vis desertification processes.
  • Specifically for agricultural land including both conventional and organic farming, identify and demonstrate farming or other land-use practices which are more resilient and are suitable for combatting desertification while sustaining ecosystem services and preventing land abandonment.
  • Facilitate learning and exchange among all relevant actors, including across sectors, by promoting in the scope of activities various types of innovations (nature-based, technological, socio-economic, cultural and institutional) and/or various types of land use (natural and semi-natural as well as agricultural, agroforestry and forest areas).
  • Develop policy recommendations for creating incentives and overcoming obstacles for the widespread uptake of measures that have demonstrated to be effective for the prevention of desertification and restoration and are suitable for scaling-up.
  • Carry-out activities for awareness-raising on desertification and for the demonstration and dissemination of solutions, also as part of the UN Day to combat desertification and drought.

Proposals should demonstrate a route towards open access, longevity, sustainability and interoperability of knowledge and outputs through close collaboration with the Joint Research Centre’s EU Soil Observatory (EUSO) and with other projects to be funded under the Soil Mission. Proposals should also include a dedicated task, appropriate resources and a plan on how they will collaborate with other projects funded under this topic, and ensure synergies with projects funded as part of the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA)[2] and with the EU LIFE project NewLIFE4­Drylands[3]. In order to achieve the expected outcomes, international cooperation is encouraged, in particular with third countries in the Mediterranean region.

Potentially, the projects funded under this topic could cooperate with living labs and lighthouses that will be created in this call and future calls under the Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’.

Specific Topic Conditions:

Activities are expected to achieve TRL 5-7 by the end of the project – see General Annex B.

[1] Prăvălie, R., Patriche, C., Bandoca, G., “Quantification of land degradation sensitivity areas in Southern and Central Southeastern Europe. New results based on improving DISMED methodology with new climate data”, Catena – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Soil Science – Hydrology – Geomorphology focusing on Geoecology and Landscape Evolution, No 158, 2017; pp. 309-320. The concept of desertification does not refer to the physical expansion of existing deserts but rather to the various processes – natural and human-induced – that threaten all dryland ecosystems and their biological productivity.

[2] https://prima-med.org/

[3] https://www.newlife4drylands.eu/

 
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