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Horizon Europe – Pillar 2 – Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness – 2021-2027

Grants for strengthening the key technologies that underpin EU policies and achieve the EU’s environmental objectives.


53.5 billion euro


All beneficiaries

Type of financing

Grant – Co-financing

53.5 billion euro
All beneficiaries
Type de financement​
Grant – Co-financing
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This pillar aims to support work and research related to societal issues such as, health, an inclusive, creative and safe society, digital, industry, and food, bioeconomy and natural resources. It follows the previous Horizon 2020 pillar called “Societal challenges”.


To incentivise interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral, cross-policy, cross-border and international cooperation.


  • Cluster Health
  • Cluster Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society
  • Cluster Civil Security for Society
  • Cluster Digital, Industry and Space
  • Cluster Climate, Energy, Mobility
  • Cluster Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment


  • Priority 1: Scientific impact
    • Sub-priority 1: Creating new high quality knowledge
    • Sub-priority 2: Strengthening human capital in R&I
    • Sub-priority 3: Fostering dissemination of knowledge and Open science
  • Priority 2: Societal impact
    • Sub-priority 1: Addressing EU policy priorities & global challenges through R&I
    • Sub-priority 2: Delivering benefits & impact via R&I missions
    • Sub-priority 3: Strengthening the uptake of R&I in society
  • Priority 3: Economic impact
    • Sub-priority 1: Generating innovation-based growth
    • Sub-priority 2: Creating more and better jobs
    • Sub-priority 3: Leveraging investments in R&I

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Focused on Innovation and Research

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