Scope: Proposals should provide a platform to co-develop the strategies to advance and further coordinate the European Polar Research action and its contribution to the policy-making processes. This should include the prioritisation of research areas during transdisciplinary workshops, capacity building related to meaningful stakeholder involvement, allocation of seed money for the preparation of pre-studies and interaction with national funding agencies on ways of building synergies and optimising the use of resources. Proposals should cooperate with the relevant services of the European Commission providing evidence-based policy advice.

A special focus should be placed on supporting the implementation of sustained observation systems in the Arctic and Antarctic by setting up and sustaining a European coordination office. The office should also coordinate and support the contributions of Europe to International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON), Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS). Proposals should build upon the previous action funded under Horizon 2020 and avoid duplication or overlap.