Pathways2Resilience First Call for Regions and Communities

Call overview

This first call aims to provide 40 regions/communities with financial support through subgrant agreements, up to a maximum amount of 210,000€, along with supporting services and capacity building activities for subgrants lasting up to 18 months. 

The selection process will prioritise regions/communities with heightened vulnerability and low adaptive capacity to climate change impacts. This call aims to put together a diverse and inclusive portfolio of regions, ensuring a comprehensive validation of the P2R framework.

Consult the main open call document here 

For all call related questions, please use the following email: [email protected] 

A summary of the eligibility criteria is found below (for the full requirements, refer to the main open call document): 

1) Applicants must be regions/communities that are part of EU Member States or Associated Countries that are within Europe’s biogeographical regions. 

2) Applicants must qualify as regions/communities defined as either: 

a. Public authorities at Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) 1, 2 and 3 level, as well as and Local Administrative Units (LAU); or

b. Bodies governed by public law in accordance compliance with Article 2.4 of the Directive 2014/24/EU.

Only these entities can act as coordinators and submit application. 

3) Private non-profit bodies and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) following the EU definition by the Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC and in the SME user guide may be part of a consortium. 

Note the following specific conditions for: 

a) United Kingdom (UK)

Note that while the EC and the UK government reached an agreement in principle on the association of the UK to Horizon Europe as of 1 January 2024, the agreement provides that association would only apply for award procedures implementing 2024 budget and onwards. Given that this call is implementing 2021 budget appropriations, therefore, UK entities are ineligible to participate in any funded role for this call. 

b) Restrictive Measures

Note that entities subject to EU restrictive measures (e.g.: sanctions) under Article 29 of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU) and Article 215 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU), as well as Article 75 TFEU10, are ineligible to participate as recipients of subgrants (e.g. financial support to third parties) or subcontractors. also: 

c) Non-government controlled territories of Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus

Given the illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the involvement of Belarus, there is currently no appropriate context allowing the implementation of the actions foreseen in this programme with legal entities established in Russia, Belarus, or in non-government controlled territories of Ukraine. Therefore, even where such entities are not subject to EU restrictive measures, such legal entities are ineligible to participate as recipients of financial support to third parties (subgrants) or subcontractors. 

d) Hungary

Following the Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/2506, as of 16th December 2022, no legal commitments (i.e., financial support to third parties/subgrants) can be signed with Hungarian public interest trusts established under Hungarian Act IX of 2021 or any entity they maintain. Affected entities may continue to apply to calls for proposals. However, in case the Council measures are not lifted, such entities are not eligible to participate in any funded role (i.e., recipients of financial support to third parties, subgrants, or subcontractors). 

Eligible subgrant activities will follow the provision for activities under Horizon Europe (HE) costs categories, and will be organized along the following:  

  • Activities to develop regional pathways, plans and innovation portfolios towards climate resilience building on existing assessments of trends and projections of future climate change risks.  
  • Activities supporting the process of developing the pathways as specified in the scope topic text including relevant stakeholder engagement and capacity building. 
  • Activities related to communication, dissemination and exploitation and project management activities. 


Activities related to demonstration and deployment of climate adaptation solutions are not eligible for funding under this call. 

Important dates

Information sessions

Application deadline: Thursday 22 February 2024 17:00 CET

Call documents

  • Click here to read Version 1 of the Frequently Asked Questions & Guidelines 

  • Click here to view the sample application form

  • Click here to view the RMC Self-Assessment guidance 

  • Click here to view the eligible regions via the NUTS/LAU lists (soon)

For instructions on how to register on the application platform and how to apply, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions & Guidelines.