Horizon Europe - Pillar 2

Horizon Europe is open to everyone and has a broad range of focus areas, divided across 3 pillars: Excellent Science, Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, and Innovative Europe. Each pillar has a specific set of grants and tenders connected to it. This page provides a brief overview of the Horizon Europe – Global Challenges & European Industrial Competitiveness pillar.

Global Challenges & European Industrial Competitiveness

The seven Clusters of Pillar 2:

“Boosting key technologies and solutions underpinning EU policies & Sustainable Development Goals”

Cluster 1: Health

Areas of intervention: health throughout the life course; Non-communicable and rare diseases; Tools, technologies and digital solutions for health and care, including personalised medicine; Environmental and social health determinants; Infectious diseases, including poverty-related and neglected disease; Health care systems.

Read more about the Health cluster

Cluster 2: Culture, Creativity, and Inclusive Society.

Areas of intervention: Democracy and Governance; Social and economic transformations; Culture, cultural heritage and creativity.

Cluster 3: Civil Security for society

Areas of intervention: Disaster-resilient societies; Protection and Security; Cybersecurity.

Cluster 4: Digital, Industry and Space

Areas of intervention: Manufacturing technologies; Advanced materials; Next generation internet; Circular industries; Space, including Earth Observation; Emerging enabling technologies; Key digital technologies, including quantum technologies; Artificial Intelligence and robotics; Advanced computing and Big Data Low-carbon and clean industry; Emerging enabling technologies.

Cluster 5: Climate, Energy and Mobility

Areas of intervention: Climate science and solutions; Energy systems and grids; Communities and cities; Industrial competitiveness in transport; Smart mobility; Energy supply; Buildings and industrial facilities in energy transition; Clean, safe and accessible transport and mobility; Energy storage.

Cluster 6: Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment

Areas of intervention: Environmental observation; Agriculture, forestry and rural areas; Circular systems; Food systems; Biodiversity and natural resources; Seas, oceans and inland waters (read more about Mission Starfish 2030 as a proposed mission under the healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters); Bio-based innovation systems in the EU; Bioeconomy

Cluster 7: Joint Research Centre

Supporting policymakers, both European and national, with independent scientific evidence and support.


Further information: Global Challenges & European Industrial Competitiveness

The 7 clusters of this call have been published and budgets and deadlines are now available. The full work programmes for each cluster can be found here. Visit our Horizon Europe page for more recent information.



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