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.

    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

    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

    The strategic planning process includes a co-design process that took place over the summer and autumn 2019 in view of preparing the first Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe.

    The views and ideas of more than 7,000 respondents were collected through web-based surveys and close to 4,000 participants engaged in in-depth debates at the European Research and Innovation Days, which took place in Brussels on 24 - 26 September 2019.

    The results of the co-design process are summarised in the document Orientations towards the first Strategic Plan for 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.

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

    Mission areas

    5 mission areas have been identified, each with a dedicated mission board and assembly. They will help specify, design and implement specific missions in Horizon Europe. 

    Mission area: Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation

    Mission area: Cancer

    Mission area: Climate-neutral and smart cities

    Mission area: Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters

    Mission area: Soil health and food

    European partnerships in Horizon Europe

    Horizon Europe will support European partnerships with EU countries, the private sector, foundations and other stakeholders. The aim is to deliver on global challenges and industrial modernisation through concerted research and innovation efforts.

    The Horizon Europe proposal lays down the conditions and principles for establishing European Partnerships. 

    Full information on European Partnerships including candidates and contact details

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    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

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