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Horizon Europe – Standing up for democracy – 2023

Horizon Europe - Standing up for democracy aiming at protecting democratic processes in the EU from Information Manipulation and Interference (FIMI) by foreign actors while preserving the fundamental rights and freedoms underlying these processes

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Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Citizenship & Human Rights Culture, Media & Communication Research & Innovation
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union
  • Member States
  • Associated countries
  • Low and middle-income countries

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Priorities and funded actions

Some Horizon Europe budgets are structured in response to policy ambitions (“destinations”) and deployed through calls for proposals targeting more specific thematic/sector (“Topics”). Thus, your application must be linked to a topic of a call for proposals.

Various categories of projects are eligible:

  • RIA, Research and Innovation Actions: Basic and applied research / Technology development and adoption / Testing and validation of a prototype in the laboratory.
  • IA, Innovation Actions: Prototypes, tests, demonstrations, pilot projects, market placement. These actions may include limited R&D activities.
  • CSA, Coordination and Support Actions: Networking, studies & conferences, communication, studies for new research infrastructures.
  • MSCA, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions / ERC individual grants: Training networks for researchers, Individual grants for experienced researchers, Staff exchange – mobility for researchers and non-scientific staff.

In addition, calls specify the categories of eligible beneficiaries:

  • Collaborative projects, composed of a coordinator and several partners organisations (consortium)
  • Single-beneficiary projects, involving a single organization
  • Individual scholarships, open to natural persons in their own name with their home institution



  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-01: Detecting, analysing and countering foreign information manipulation and interference
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-02: Developing a better understanding of information suppression by state authorities as an example of foreign information manipulation and interference
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-03: New approaches for combatting corruption and other undue influences on political decision-making
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-04: The emotional politics of democracies
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-05: The climate imperative and its impact on democratic governance
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-06: Democratic governance for times of disruptive changes to the social contract
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-07: Intersectionality and equality in deliberative and participatory democratic spaces
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-08: Political perspectives for the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans

Amount per topic:

  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-01: 9 million euro
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-02: 9 million euro
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-03: 12 million  euro
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-04: 9 million euro
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-05: 9 million euro
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-06: 9 million euro
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-07: 9 million euro
  • HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01-08: 9 million euro

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