Horizon Europe Open Calls for Environment and Climate Action - part II

The Horizon Europe Open Calls in Cluster 5 will provide further funding opportunities for research and innovation projects contributing to climate action.

Horizon Europe is the EC’s key funding programme for research and innovation with an impressive budget of €95.5 billion. Launched in 2021, Horizon Europe will run until 2027, with 35% of its total budget dedicated to supporting projects that tackle climate change and advance the European Green Deal initiative.

The structure of Horizon Europe lists a total of six clusters broken down into individual expected impacts around overarching themes. The six clusters include:

  1. Health
  2. Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society
  3. Civil Security for Society
  4. Digital, Industry and Space
  5. Climate, Energy and Mobility
  6. Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture & Environment

In today’s article, we will focus on Cluster 5, which is driven by the ambition to achieve climate neutrality of the energy and mobility sectors by 2050 at the latest, while boosting their growth, competitiveness, and utility for individual citizens and the society as a whole. Actions within Cluster 5 will support the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the European Green Deal, the European Economic Recovery Plan, and other EU priorities related to climate, energy, and mobility.



Notably, Cluster 5 focuses on emerging technologies that can enable climate transition and encourage a bottom-up approach to achieving climate neutrality. The aim is to fund initiatives that deploy trusted digital technologies for a strong and productive European industry that respects and safeguards our planet. This encompasses the transition to complete carbon neutrality of the energy and mobility sectors while strengthening their resilience, efficiency, and utility for the larger society. As such, the EC designed Calls in Cluster 5 to promote profound changes that will allow the European energy and mobility sectors to reach climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest. In the upcoming months, several Cluster 5 Calls will open, providing unique opportunities for funding new, exciting initiatives in the areas of climate, energy, and mobility.

The Digital for Planet team has strong competencies within the framework of sustainable digital transformation supplemented by over two decades of experience in acquiring public funding. Throughout this time, our team has assembled an array of tools that allow us to successfully assist organizations in several Horizon Europe Calls. Learn more about D4P Digital Sustainability Focus Areas and take a look at the selection of upcoming Cluster 5 Calls within which D4P can support your application.

A snapshot of open HORIZON EUROPE CALLS in Climate, Energy, and Mobility domains

HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-01-05: Demonstration of innovative plug-and-play solutions for system management and renewables storage in off-grid applications

  • Budget: The total indicative budget of €10.00 million.
  • Scope: Demonstration of innovative plug-and-play solutions for system management and renewables storage in off-grid applications. This topic requires effective contributions from SSH disciplines and the involvement of SSH experts, institutions, as well as the inclusion of relevant SSH expertise to produce significant effects enhancing the societal impact of research activities.
  • Deadline: 26th of April 2022

HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-01-10: Interoperable solutions for flexibility services using distributed energy storage

  • Budget: The total indicative budget of €7.00 million.
  • Scope: The objective is to develop interoperable distributed storage technology to enable the seamless utilization and monetization of storage flexibility within a real-life environment.
  • Deadline: 26th of April 2022

HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-01-12: Replicable solutions for a cross-sector compliant energy ecosystem

  • Budget: The total indicative budget of €35.00 million.
  • Scope:  The goal is to promote the adoption and usage of connected interoperable energy smart home appliances (including the EV charging and home storage) and solutions to accelerate the deployment of demand-side flexibility services, reduce the entry barrier and facilitate replication.
  • Deadline: 26th of April 2022

HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-01-13: Energy system modeling, optimization and planning tools

  • Budget: The total indicative budget of €6.00 million.
  • Scope:  Advanced modeling tools to perform regional/cross-border and cross-energy vector system planning and optimization on a long time horizon, where cross-sectoral disruptive innovations in industry, mobility, and the building sector can be included.
  • Deadline: 27th October 2022

HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-02-04: Technological interfaces between solar fuel technologies and other renewables

  • Budget: The total indicative budget of €10.00 million.
  • Scope: Development of energy transmitting technological interfaces to couple solar fuel technologies to other renewables or directly connected renewable power generation, which allow for efficient feed-in of other forms of renewable energy into solar fuel conversion technologies and allow for efficient and continuous renewable fuel production.
  • Deadline: 27th of October

Cluster 5 Info Day

Climate, Energy, and Mobility Info Day took place on February 3, 2022, and provided valuable information about topics included in Cluster 5. The full recording of the session is available here. Further information on Cluster 5 Calls is available in the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022, Climate, Energy and Mobility.

D4P – your Horizon Europe partner of choice

With extensive knowledge of the ICT domain and unrivaled expertise in acquiring funding, our team is well-equipped to assist you in identifying the best Horizon Europe Call for your initiative and preparing a winning proposal. Learn more about how Digital for Planet can support you in your Horizon Europe journey and get in touch if you need any advice or support in navigating the Horizon Europe programme.

This article is part of a series. The previous item covering selected Cluster 4 Calls was published in November 2021 and is available here.