Circular EconomyHorizon EuropeSafe and sustainable food and feed



Soils for Europe 



Soils are under multiple pressures, including climate change, urbanization, pollution, overexploitation, and biodiversity loss. The specific objectives of the EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ address all these pressures, needing now: i) actionable research and innovation roadmaps for its concretization; and, ii) an overarching transdisciplinary agenda to identify the thematic and regional trade-offs and synergies that allow the sustainable use, management, and protection of European soils. Defining such an agenda requires the direct involvement of a wide range of stakeholders, bringing together multiple perspectives and ecological, environmental, economic and social contexts. To do that, at the core of SOLO will be the implementation of Think Tanks, one for each Soil Mission objective, with the aim of co-creating knowledge and identifying the knowledge gaps, drivers, bottlenecks, and novel approaches, as well as suggesting KPIs to monitor the progress of the Mission R&I related activities. Together with an open digital platform, the Think Tanks will function as an operational tool for implementing a participatory process that will last beyond SOLO’s lifespan. SOLO will also address the potential differences in the regional implementation of the Soil Mission by testing its approach in four co-creation Regional Nodes, generating their own regional roadmaps that will be matched with the European ones. These explicit linkages between the co-creation mechanisms and the different project components aim to produce a shared understanding of needs and comprehensive identification of research and innovation priorities and other critical activities for the success of the Soil Mission.

Project Budget: 5,000,013.75€

Leitat Budget: 266,555 €

Financial Framework: HORIZON EUROPE

Contract number: 101091115

Start Date: 01/12/2022

End Date: 30/11/2027


Main role & contribution in the project:

  • Leitat will dedicate basically in the Soil Mission Think Tanks working on the Common workflow and stakeholder involvement and the Think Tanks to identify knowledge gaps and Mission Objective roadmaps.
  • Participate in the Drivers of soil health and in the Roadmaps Integration.


SOLO receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101091115. Views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Commission. Neither the EU nor the EC can be held responsible for them.