Cross-cutting activities

The 2018-2020 Work Programme focuses on fewer topics with bigger budgets, directly supporting the Commission’s political priorities. Four Focus Areas represent a combined budget of about €7.6 billion: (i) Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future, (ii) Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy, (iii) Digitising and transforming European industry and services, and (iv) Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union. The Focus Areas cut across thematic boundaries and bring together contributions from various programme parts to pursue a common objective and create sustained impact. They are endowed with a substantial budget to allow for work of sufficient scale, depth and breadth.

In the recent Work Programme the Focus Areas have been revamped and extended to address new and emerging policy priorities through dedicated cross-cutting calls:

  • Next Generation Batteries
  • Competitive, Low-Carbon and Circular Industries: the development of innovative production systems and business models for resource efficiencies, waste management  and system thinking 

Background Information can be found in the Work Programme – general introduction.

The European Green Deal Calls will be added to this Work Programme in September 2020. For all details about these calls go to the dedicated webpage: 

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This call should lead to making circular economy practices more mainstreamed and widespread and contributing to a carbon neutral industry.

The purpose is to stimulate joint research on electric batteries and storage systems.