Pacific opportunities in Horizon 2020

The 2016–2017 calls for Horizon 2020 have now been released, and they contain a large number of opportunities that will be of interest to Pacific researchers and innovators.

Below is a summary list of some of the key opportunities that we have identified. Click on the name of any call topic to go to the European Commission’s Research Participant Portal and the detailed description of the call topic (including scope of the call and the available budget).

We encourage interested Pacific researchers to examine these call topics to identify any relevant opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming involved in a proposal, we suggest the following:

  1. Contact your colleagues in Europe to see if they would be interested in having you onboard as a project partner,
  2. Contact your Pacific colleagues to see if you could collectively contribute to a proposal being put forward by your European colleagues, and
  3. Send an email to

Remember: Pacific OCTs are eligible for full participation in Horizon 2020, PICTs are also eligible for full participation (so long as there are enough European partners), whilst Australian and New Zealand partners will normally need to fund their own participation from domestic (or other) sources. The exceptions to these rules are the ERC grants and MSCA fellowships, which are for individuals as opposed to teams and institutions, and are also open to researchers from any country.

We also encourage all Pacific researchers interested in Horizon 2020, and other European funding sources, to register as expert evaluators. If you are selected to evaluate proposals to a call topic you will gain valuable insight to the realities of EU funding as well as meet other scientists and innovators in your field who have also been selected as evaluators. For further information see

Area Title
European Research Council (ERC) ERC Starting Grant (StG)
ERC Consolidator Grant (CoG)
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MCSA) Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
Individual Fellowships (IF)
Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)
Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) FET-Open research and innovation actions
Health, demographic change and well-being (SC1) Implementation research for scaling-up of evidence based innovations and good practice in Europe and low- and middle-income countries
New therapies for chronic diseases
Vaccine development for malaria and/or neglected infectious diseases
Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy (SC2)
Demonstration of integrated logistics centres for food and non-food applications
Sweeteners and sweetness enhancers
How to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic?
Promoting and supporting the eco-intensification of aquaculture production systems: inland (including fresh water), coastal zone, and offshore
Socio-eco-economics – socio-economics in ecological approaches
Smart fisheries technologies for an efficient, compliant and environmentally friendly fishing sector
Understanding host-pathogen-environment interactions
Support for international research on animal health
Challenges for disease management: Perennial crops in the tropics and sub-tropics
Weeding - strategies, tools and technologies for sustainable weed management
Teaming up for good: Exploiting the benefits of species diversity in cropping systems
Valorisation of aquatic biomass
Multi-use of the oceans marine space, offshore and near-shore: Enabling technologies
ERA-NET Cofund on marine technologies
ERA-NET Cofund on Biotechnologies
ERA-NET Cofund: Public-Public Partnerships in the bioeconomy
Potential use of carbon dioxide / carbon monoxide and non-conventional fossil natural resources in Europe as feedstock for the process industry
Solutions to multiple and combined stresses in crop production
Testing and breeding for sustainability and resilience in crops
New partnerships and tools to enhance European capacities for in-situ conservation
Breeding livestock for resilience and efficiency
Bee health and sustainable pollination
Functional biodiversity – productivity gains through functional biodiversity: effective interplay of crop pollinators and pest predators
Coastal-rural interactions: Enhancing synergies between land and sea-based activities
Business models for modern rural economies
The benefits of working with others – fostering social capital in the farming sector
Valorisation of agricultural residues and side streams from the agro-food industry
Advancing basic biological knowledge and improving management tools for commercially important fish and other seafood species
Large-scale algae biomass integrated biorefineries
Smart, green and integrated transport (SC4) Resilience to extreme (natural and man-made) events
New and improved transport concepts in waterborne transport
EGNSS awareness raising and capacity building
EGNSS professional applications
Copernicus: Downstream applications
Copernicus: Downstream services for public authorities
Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials (SC5) Coordination of citizens' observatories initiatives
Supporting international cooperation activities on water
New solutions for sustainable production of raw materials
Raw materials international co-operation
Novel in-situ observation systems
Cross-thematic ERA-NET on Applied Geosciences
ERA-NET Cofund on Raw materials
Europe in a changing world — inclusive, innovative and reflective societies (SC6) The Asia-Pacific as a strategic region for Europe
Secure societies — protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens (SC7) Border Security: autonomous systems and control systems
ICT Innovative solutions for the conservation of 20th century cultural heritage
International partnership building in low and middle income countries
Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) New business models for inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
Supporting SMEs efforts for the development - deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth
Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors
Science with and for Society (SwafS) Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in support of sustainability and governance, taking account of the international context
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