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Horizon Europe – 2021-2027

The general objective of the Programme is to deliver scientific, technological, economic and societal impact from the Union’s investments in R&I so as to strengthen the scientific and technological bases of the Union and foster the competitiveness of the Union in all Member States including in its industry, to deliver on the Union strategic priorities and to contribute to the realisation of Union objectives and policies, to tackle global challenges, including the SDGs by following the principles of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, and to strengthen the ERA.

Budget

95.5 billion euro

Beneficiaries

All beneficiaries

Type of financing

Grant – Co-financing

Budget
95.5 billion euro
Bénéficiaires
All beneficiaries
Type de financement​
Grant – Co-financing
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Following on from Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation.

Objectives

  • To develop, promote and advance scientific excellence, to support the creation and diffusion of high-quality new fundamental and applied knowledge, of skills, technologies and solutions, to support training and mobility of researchers, to attract talent at all levels and contribute to the full engagement of the Union’s talent pool in actions supported under the Programme
  • To generate knowledge, strengthen the impact of R&I in developing, supporting and implementing Union policies and support the access to and uptake of innovative solutions in European industry, in particular SMEs, and in society to address global challenges, including climate change and the SDGs
  • To foster all forms of innovation, facilitate technological development, demonstration and knowledge and technology transfer, strengthen deployment and exploitation of innovative solutions
  • To optimise the Programme’s delivery with a view to strengthening and increasing the impact and attractiveness of the ERA, to foster excellence-based participation from all Member States, including low R&I performing countries, in the Programme and to facilitate collaborative links in European R&I

Structure

Pillar I “Excellence Science”:

  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Marie actions Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA)
  • Research infrastructures

Pillar II Global challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness:

  • Cluster Health
  • Cluster Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society
  • Cluster Civil Security for Society
  • Cluster Digital, Industry and Space
  • Cluster Climate, Energy and Mobility
  • Cluster Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment
  • Non-nuclear direct actions of the Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Pillar III “Innovative Europe”:

  • European Innovation Council (EIC)
  • European innovation ecosystems
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Priorities

  • Cancer
  • Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation
  • Healthy oceans, seas coastal and inland waters
  • Climate-neutral and smart cities
  • Soil health and food

For the period 2025-2027, there will be a focus on these priorities:

  • Green Transition
  • Digital Transition
  • A more resilient, competitive, inclusive and democratic Europe

In this context, the following 9 partnerships will be established:

    • Brain Health
    • Forests and Forestry for a Sustainable Future
    • Innovative Materials for EU
    • Raw Materials for the Green and Digital Transition
    • Resilient Cultural Heritage
    • Social Transformations and Resilience
    • Solar Photovoltaics
    • Textiles of the Future
    • Virtual Worlds.

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Other European funds

LIFE

Protecting our Planet, Supporting Nature

ESF+

Investing in Citizens for a Strong Social Europe

ERASMUS+

Enriching students, Connecting Europe

CERV

Promoting Diversity, Equality and Rights in the EU

Horizon Europe

Focused on Innovation and Research

Digital Europe

Accelerating Europe’s Digital Transformation

Frequently asked question

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Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation, with a budget of €95.5 billion for the period 2021-2027. It aims to strengthen the European Research Area by supporting European partnerships, enhancing EU member states’ research and innovation potential, and addressing global challenges to boost competitiveness and growth.
The program offers a wide range of funding opportunities for research and innovation, ranging from calls for projects under the different clusters to specific initiatives such as the European Innovation Council and the partnership with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Calls for projects aim to fund collaborative research projects to respond to specific challenges identified in the Horizon Europe work programme.
Detailed information on calls for projects can be found on the European Commission’s tender portal. Researchers and organizations can search for funding opportunities by theme, by cluster, or according to the annual work program. Info days and orientation sessions organized by the European Commission and the National Contact Points (NCP) network also provide valuable information and advice for preparing applications.
Horizon Europe’s strategic plan guides the implementation of the program by defining strategic priorities for research and innovation. This plan covers the years 2021 to 2024 and aligns with the EU’s ambitions for a transition to a climate-neutral economy, strengthening industrial competitiveness and exploiting digital technologies and artificial intelligence.