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Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe - The EU Research and Innovation Programme

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. Research and innovation provide new knowledge and innovative solutions to overcome our societal, ecological and economic challenges.

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.

Horizon Europe helps researchers and top class innovators to develop and deploy their ideas. It teams up the best talent and equips them with world-class research infrastructures. Moreover, it supports breakthrough
innovations and helps to create new services and markets.



Structure of Horizon Europe


The Excellent Science pillar

aims to increase the EU’s global scientific competitiveness. It supports frontier research projects defined and driven by top researchers themselves through the European Research Council, funds fellowships for experienced researchers, doctoral training networks and exchanges for researchers through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, and invests in world-class research infrastructures.

The Global Challenges and European Industrial Competiveness pillar

supports research relating to societal challenges and reinforces technological and industrial capacities through clusters. It sets EU-missions with ambitious goals tackling some of our biggest problems. It also includes activities pursued by the Joint Research Centre which supports EU and national policymakers with independent scientific evidence and technical support.

The Innovative Europe pillar

aims to make Europe a frontrunner in market-creating innovation via the European Innovation Council. It also helps to develop the overall European innovation landscape through the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) which fosters the integration of the knowledge triangle of education, research and innovation.

Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area (ERA)

increase support to EU Member States in their efforts to make the most of their national research and innovation potential.

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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

Horizon Europe is also implemented through another specific programme - the European Defence Fund.


How to apply

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

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