Horizon EUROPE & Horizon 2020
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Research and innovation funding programme until 2027. How to get funding, programme structure, missions, European partnerships, news and events.
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What is Horizon Europe?
Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion.
It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth.
The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.
It creates jobs, fully engages the EU’s talent pool, boosts economic growth, promotes industrial competitiveness and optimises investment impact within a strengthened European Research Area.
Legal entities from the EU and associated countries can participate.
New elements in Horizon Europe
- European Innovation Council: Support for innovations with potential breakthrough and disruptive nature with scale-up potential that may be too risky for private investors. This is 70% of the budget earmarked for SMEs.
- Missions: Sets of measures to achieve bold, inspirational and measurable goals within a set timeframe. There are 5 main mission areas as part of Horizon Europe.
- Open science policy: Mandatory open access to publications and open science principles are applied throughout the programme
Factsheet: Open science in Horizon Europe
- New approach to partnerships: Objective-driven and more ambitious partnerships with industry in support of EU policy objectives
Presentation outlining Horizon Europe in 23 languages
How the Horizon Europe programme was developed
International cooperation in the programme
Strategic plan and work programmes
The content of work programmes for Horizon Europe is prepared by strategic planning and the resultant strategic plan.
Funding opportunities under Horizon Europe are set out in work programmes. Download available work programmes.
Horizon Europe programme structure
Specific programme implementing Horizon Europe and EIT
Exclusive focus on civil applications
|Pillar I||Pillar II||Pillar III|
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions
Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness
European Innovation Ecosystems
European Institute of Innovation and Technology
Part: Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area
Widening participation and spreading excellence Reforming and enhancing the European Research and Innovation system
Specific programme: European Defence Fund
Exclusive focus on defence research and development
Complementary programme: Euratom Research and Training Programme
Focus on nuclear fusion and fission research and training
Euratom Research and Training Programme
EU Missions in Horizon Europe
What missions are, the areas they will focus on, studies and reports that led to this approach, how to get involved and relevant events.
What are EU Missions?
EU Missions are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges. They have ambitious goals and will deliver concrete results by 2030.
They will deliver impact by putting research and innovation into a new role, combined with new forms of governance and collaboration, as well as by engaging citizens.
EU Missions are a novelty of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme for the years 2021-2027.
They support Commission priorities, such as the European Green Deal, Europe fit for the Digital Age, Beating Cancer and the New European Bauhaus. For instance, Mission Climate is already a concrete element of the new Climate Adaptation Strategy, Mission Cancer of the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the Mission Soil is a flagship initiative of the Long-term Vision for the EU’s Rural Areas.
EU Missions are a coordinated effort by the Commission to pool the necessary resources in terms of funding programmes, policies and regulations, as well as other activities. They also aim to mobilise and activate public and private actors, such as EU Member States, regional and local authorities, research institutes, farmers and land managers, entrepreneurs and investors to create real and lasting impact. Missions will engage with citizens to boost societal uptake of new solutions and approaches.
EU Missions will support Europe’s transformation into a greener, healthier, more inclusive and resilient continent. They aim to bring tangible benefits to people in Europe and engage Europeans in their design, implementation and monitoring.
Each mission will operate as a portfolio of actions – such as research projects, policy measures or even legislative initiatives - to achieve a measurable goal that could not be achieved through individual actions.
A wide range of studies and reports informed this approach.
EU missions will
- be bold, inspirational and widely relevant to society
- be clearly framed: targeted, measurable and time-bound
- establish impact-driven but realistic goals
- mobilise resources on EU, national and local levels
- link activities across different disciplines and different types of research and innovation
- make it easier for citizens to understand the value of investments in research and innovation
The 5 EU Missions
- Adaptation to Climate Change: support at least 150 European regions and communities to become climate resilient by 2030
- Cancer: working with Europe's Beating Cancer Plan to improve the lives of more than 3 million people by 2030 through prevention, cure and solutions to live longer and better
- Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030
- 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030
- A Soil Deal for Europe: 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030
Implementation plans for the Missions
Horizon Europe supports European partnerships in which the EU, national authorities and/or the private sector jointly commit to support the development and implementation of a programme of research and innovation activities.
The goal of European partnerships is to contribute to the achievement of EU priorities, address complex challenges outlined in Horizon Europe and strengthen the European Research Area (ERA).
Read more about the different kinds of partnerships
Partnership and contact details are available to view grouped in the themes below.
- Partnerships across themes
- Climate, energy and mobility
- Digital, industry and space
- Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment
Programme evaluation, impact assessment and monitoring
The Commission evaluates and monitors its funding programmes to assess the progress towards achieving the programmes' objectives and build an evidence base to improve their implementation.
Horizon Europe programme analysis and outline of the monitoring approach
Previous program Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 sections
Work programme general introduction, including focus area
- Excellent Science
- Industrial Leadership
- Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies
- Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology
- Information and Communication Technologies
- Access to risk finance
- Innovation in SMEs
- Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies
- Societal Challenges
- Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
- Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy
- Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
- Smart, Green and Integrated Transport
- Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
- Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
- Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
- Science with and for Society
- Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation
- Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot
- Focus areas
- European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)