Developing Horizon Europe

The Commission's proposal for Horizon Europe is an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme to succeed Horizon 2020.

Read about the proposal and what shaped it

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached in March and April 2019 a provisional agreement on Horizon Europe. The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement on 17 April 2019.

Presentation outlining Horizon Europe in 23 languages.

Implementing Horizon Europe - strategic planning

Following the political agreement, the Commission has begun a strategic planning process.

The result of the process will be set out in a multiannual Strategic Plan to prepare the content in the work programmes and calls for proposal for the first 4 years of Horizon Europe.

The strategic planning process will focus in particular on the Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness pillar of Horizon Europe. It will also cover the Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area part of the programme as well as relevant activities in other pillars.

The process will identify, among other things

  • key areas for research and innovation support and their targeted impact
  • European partnerships
  • missions
  • areas of international cooperation

Image describing the preliminary structure of Horizon Europe. 3 pillars - Excellent science, global challenges and industrial competitiveness and innovative europe. Preliminary structure of Horizon Europe

Missions in Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe will incorporate research and innovation missions to increase the effectiveness of funding by pursuing clearly defined targets. 

The Commission has engaged policy experts to develop studies, case studies and reports on how a mission-oriented policy approach will work.

It has set up 5 mission boards, one for each mission area, that  will help specify, design and implement missions in Horizon Europe. 

Read more about the Commission's mission-oriented approach and download the studies

Get involved

Online co-design consultation

You can help shape the priorities of the Horizon Europe programme by completing the Horizon Europe co-design consultation (closes 8 September 2019). 

Co-design in the European Research and Innovation Days

You can also attend the European Research and Innovation Days, 24-26 September 2019.

This event will bring policy-makers, researchers, innovators, civil society representatives and other interested stakeholders together to debate and shape the strategic priorities of Horizon Europe.

Adoption timeline

  • 2 May 2018

    The Commission adopts its proposal for the next EU long-term budget (MFF)

  • 7 June 2018

    The Commission adopts its proposal for Horizon Europe

  • 2019-2020

    The Council and European Parliament negotiate and subsequently adopt the programme

  • 1 January 2021

    Horizon Europe is launched