As part of the work programme 2016-2017 of the societal challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials” (SC5) of the Horizon 2020 framework programme, the European Commission intends to open calls for large-scale pilot/demonstration projects. This builds on the advice from the Societal Challenge 5 Advisory Group and on the response to a public consultation in spring 2014 for preparing a scoping paper for the 2016 – 2017 work programme.

Pilot/demonstration projects will be sought of larger scale than the projects proposals presented - on average - under previous framework programmes in analogous areas. Projects will be expected to have appropriate critical mass and involve all the actors required to deliver innovative solutions to societal challenges and deploy them. Their design will be expected to maximise impact and economic, social and environmental co-benefits, and to demonstrate a clear added value at EU level. European or international replication potential in different contexts will be an important criterion.

Each project idea should provide an estimate of the total budget envisaged and of the Horizon 2020 EU grant required for its implementation. The possibility of achieving large-scale exploitation through other public and/or private funds can be addressed. The potential market/demand should be mentioned, which would form the basis of a business plan.

Ideas are invited at this stage for possible pilot/demonstration projects in the following areas:

Systemic eco-innovation for a circular economy: demonstration projects on eco-innovative business models and services that bring a systemic change towards a circular economy, which includes reuse, repair and recycling of resources across value chains, product eco-design, and value added services to products.

Climate services: user-driven demonstration projects aimed at developing climate services and products that will enable climate-smart decisions at various levels by public authorities and/or businesses.

Nature-based solutions: demonstration projects aimed at re-naturing cities in such a way that as many co-benefits are realised across a range of societal challenges such as climate change, flooding, heat waves and other disaster risks, energy and resource management, air and noise pollution and pressures on human health, degradation of biodiversity and natural as well as cultural heritage, or social exclusion.

Water: demonstration projects to apply and test innovative solutions in line with EIP Water priorities. The projects should aim to develop the water services of the future at an acceptable cost for consumers, industries and local communities, moving toward a circular economy approach.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 28 February 2015

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