How Horizon Europe is being designed

The Commission is working on its proposal for Horizon Europe, the framework programme that will succeed Horizon 2020.

This is done on the basis of various building blocks including the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Lab-Fab-App report (informally the Lamy report), foresight studies and various other reports. 

The proposal is being made as part of the EU's proposal for the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF)

Horizon Europe, with a budget of €97.9 billion, is the biggest ever research and innovation funding programme.

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Evaluating Horizon 2020

A mission-oriented policy approach

Horizon Europe will incorporate research and innovation missions to ensure the effectiveness of research and innovation 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 would work for Horizon Europe.

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

Reports and materials shaping the proposal

Mission-oriented policy

More studies and reports on missions

Future scenarios 

Foresight study to prepare scenarios for future contexts of EU research and innovation policy.

Economic rationale 

An analysis to set out the economic rationale for public R&Iinvestments and their impact on growth and jobs is being carried out by the Commission.

Involving citizens in setting priorities for the next framework programme

Report by the Democratic Society on involving citizens in the next framework programme

Report of the high level group on the European Innovation Council

Europe is back: Accelerating breakthrough innovation recommendations on how a European Innovation Council (EIC) should be set up to fund and nurture breakthrough innovation.

Expected next steps

  • 2 May 2018 the Commission adopts its proposal for the next EU long-term budget (MFF)
  • soon after the Commission adopts its proposal for Horizon Europe
  • the Council and European Parliament negotiate and subsequently adopt the programme
  • Horizon Europe is launched 1 January 2021

Building the post 2020 framework programme for research and innovationBuilding the post 2020 framework programme for research and innovation