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

Apply for funding

All funding information and procedures on how to apply are on the Funding and Tenders portal.

Apply now

 

Strategic plan and work programmes

Strategic plan

The content of work programmes for Horizon Europe is prepared by strategic planning and the resultant strategic plan. 

Work programmes

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

Excellent Science

 

European Research Council

 

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

 

Research Infrastructures

 

Pillar II

Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness

 

Clusters

Non-nuclear direct actions of the Joint Research Centre

Pillar III

Innovative Europe

 

European Innovation Council

 

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

European Defence Fund website

 

Complementary programme: Euratom Research and Training Programme

Focus on nuclear fusion and fission research and training

Euratom Research and Training Programme

 

Mission areas

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 mission approach

 

5 mission areas have been identified, each with a dedicated mission board and assembly. The board and assembly help specify, design and implement the specific missions which will launch under Horizon Europe.

Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation

Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters

Cancer 

Soil health and food

Climate-neutral and smart cities

 

European partnerships

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 candidates and contact details are available to view grouped in the themes below.

Partnerships across themes

Climate, energy and mobility

Digital, industry and space

Health

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

 

Contact

You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.  

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