Circular economy and bioeconomy sectors (HORIZON EUROPE)

This destination and its topics target climate-neutrality, zero pollution, fair and just circular and bioeconomy transitions. These cover safe, integrated circular solutions at territorial and sectoral levels, for important material flows and product value chains, such as textiles, electronics, chemicals, packaging, tourism, plastics and construction, and key bioeconomy sectors such as sustainable bio-based systems, sustainable forestry, small-scale rural bio-based solutions, environmental services and aquatic (including marine and freshwater) value chains.

The destination supports the European Green Deal, and in particular:

  • the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), adopted in March 2020, and the subsequent initiatives along the entire life cycle of products;
  • the EU strategy on adaptation to climate change adopted in February 2021;
  • the EU zero pollution action plan, adopted in May 2021, with the chemicals strategy
  • for sustainability227 from October 2020 and the new approach for a sustainable blue
  • economy adopted in May 2021

It covers the following impact areas:

  • Regional, rural, local/urban and consumer-based transitions
  • European industrial sustainability, competitiveness and resource independence
  • Innovative and sustainable value-chains
  • Multi-functionality and management of forests in Europe
  • Marine and freshwater biological resources and blue biotechnology

What is the goal to be achieved?

Proposals for topics under this destination should set out a credible pathway to:

  • develop the circular economy and bioeconomy sectors;
  • ensure natural resources are used and managed in sustainable and circular manner;
  • prevent and remove pollution;
  • unlock the full potential and benefits of the circular economy and the bioeconomy, with clean secondary raw materials, ensuring competitiveness and guaranteeing healthy soil, air, fresh and marine water for all, through better understanding of planetary boundaries and wide deployment and market uptake of innovative technologies and other solutions, notably in primary production (forestry) and bio-based systems.


Calls for 2023:

Submission: 28.03.2023; Budget: 178.50 Mio. €

HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-1: Enhancing collaboration between Circular Cities and Regions Initiative's (CCRI) supporting organisations
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-2: One hundred circular model households: making European households sustainable through inclusive circular practices
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-3: Harnessing the innovation potential and market uptake of successful circular economy water related projects
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-4: Land-based bioprospecting and production of bioactive compounds and functional materials for multiple bio-based value chains
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-5: Broadening the spectrum of robust enzymes and microbial hosts in industrial biotechnology
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-6: Bio-based solutions for humanitarian applications
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-7: Symbiosis in the bio-based industrial ecosystems
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-8: Eco-friendly consumer products – low-toxicity/zero pollution construction bio-based materials
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-9: Business models that balance the share of power and profit in the bioeconomy
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-10: Supporting the fair and just transition from GHGintensive economies facing challenges towards circular bioeconomy model regions
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-11: Novel culturing of aquatic organisms for blue biotechnology applications
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-12: Optimising the sustainable production of wood and non-wood products in small forest properties and development of new forest-based value chains
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-13: Capturing market trends and societal perceptions for tailor-made forest services
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-14: Monitoring the multi-functionality of European forests


Calls for 2023 Two-Stage:

Submission: 28.03.2023 (First Stage) 26.09.2023 (Second Stage); Budget: 178.50 Mio. €

HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-02-1-two-stage: Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI)’s circular systemic solutions
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-02-2-two-stage: Novel, sustainable and circular bio-based textiles
HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-02-3-two-stage: Non-plant biomass feedstock for industrial applications: technologies and processes to convert non-lignocellulosic biomass and waste into bio-based chemicals, materials and products, improving the cascading valorisation of biomass


Calls for 2024:

Submission: 22.02.2024; Budget: 74.50 Mio. €

HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-01-1: "Circular Cities and Regions Initiative’s project development assistance (CCRI-PDA)"
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-01-2: "Circular solutions for textile value chains based on extended producer responsibility"
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-01-3: Innovative circular solutions for furniture
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-01-4: Systemic circular solutions for a sustainable tourism
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CIRCBIO-01-5: Circular bioeconomy start-up villages
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-01-6: "Programmed biodegradation capability of bio-based materials and products, validated in specific environments"
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-01-7: Digital information systems for bio-based products
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-01-8: "Demonstrating the fair and just transition from GHG intensive economies facing challenges towards circular bioeconomy model regions"
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-01-9: Bioeconomy project development assistance
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-01-10: "Targeting aquatic extremophiles for sourcing novel enzymes, drugs, metabolites and chemicals"


Calls for 2024 Two-Stage:

Submission: 22.04.2024 (First Stage); 17.09.2024 (Second Stage); Budget: 73 Mio. €

HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-02-1-two-stage: Circular solutions for textile value chains through innovative sorting, recycling, and design for recycling
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-02-3-two-stage: Increasing the circularity in electronics value chains
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-02-4-two-stage: New circular solutions and decentralised approaches for water and wastewater management
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-02-5-two-stage: Circular design of bio-based processes and products
HORIZON-CL6-2024-CircBio-02-6-two-stage: From silos to diversity – small-scale biobased demonstration pilots



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Vollen Text des Arbeitsprogramms "Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment" (2023-2024) finden Sie hier.

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