Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe, is the new Framework Programme from the European Commission. It will run from 2021-2027, with a total budget of €95.5 billion. All work programmes have now been published and Catalyze has gathered all the essential information on this page.

On this page: 

  • Horizon Europe Structure
  • Pillar 1: Excellent Science
  • Pillar 2: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness
  • Pillar 3: Innovative Europe
  • Horizontal Focus: Widening Participation and Strengthening the EUropean Research Area
  • Horizon Europe: Mission-diven Research

Important announcement: The European Commission has now published all Horizon Europe work programmes in full. You can access the full list of publications for each work programme here. 

The structure of Horizon Europe

The preliminary structure of the new programme is divided over 3 pillars and 1 horizontal focus area:



Pillar 1: Excellent Science

Aiming to improve and enable excellent scientific research in Europe. Components of this programme include:

    1. European Research Council: funding frontier research designed and driven by the best researchers in Europe. The 2021 ERC work programme is now open. Some of the first calls are already closed, but the tentative deadlines for 2022 are available.
      • Total budget: 2021: €1.9 billion
    2. Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions: funding fellowships and mobility of researchers. Preliminary deadlines for the MSCA programme in 2021 and 2022 have been published.
      • Total budget: 2021: €817M, 2022: €874M
    3. Research Infrastructures: funding new world-class research infrastructures.
      • Total budget: 2021: €289M, 2022: €318M.

More about the Excellent Science Pillar

Pillar 2: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness

Focusing on funding research addressing societal challenges, reinforcing technological and industrial capacities. Furthermore, this pillar aims to set and reach European goals concerning the biggest challenges (climate change, health clean energy and digital). Within this pillar partnerships of European countries, industry and stakeholders will be funded to perform joint R&D activities. This is divided over multiple clusters:

    1. Health.
      • Deadlines:
        • For 2021: 21 September
        • For 2022: Two-stage application: 1 February (First stage) and 6 September (Second stage). Single-stage application: 21 April.
      • Total budget: 2021: €1039.8M and 2022: €936.3M
    2. Culture, Creativity, and Inclusive Society
      • Deadlines:
        • For 2021: 7 October
        • For 2022: 20 April
      • Total budget: 2021: €160.26M and 2022: €264.17M
    3. Civil security for society
      • Deadlines:
        • For 2021: 21 October, 23 November
        • For 2022: 16 November, 23 November.
      • Total budget: 2021: €220.54M and 2022: €193.29M
    4. Digital, Industry and Space
      • Deadlines:
        • For 2021: 23 September and 21 October
        • For 2022: 25 January, 27 January, 16 February, 30 March, 5 April and 16 November
      • Total budget: 2021: €1734.97M and 2022: €1766.05M
    5. Climate, Energy and Mobility
      • Deadlines:
        • For 2021: 14 September and 19 October
        • For 2022: multiple dates in January and February, 26 April, 6 September and 27 October. 10 February (First stage), 27 September (Second stage)
        • For 2023: 10 January, 24 January
      • Total budget: 2021: €1517.74M and 2022: €1576.51M
    6. Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment
      • Deadlines:
        • For 2021: 22 July, 6 October
        • For 2022: 15 February (single stage and first stage), 1 September (Second stage only)
      • Total budget: 2021: €1020.53M and 2022: €900.64M
    7. Joint Research Centre: supporting policymakers, both European and national, with independent scientific evidence and support.


Pillar 3: Innovative Europe aims to improve SME growth and the European innovation landscape.

    1. European Innovation Council (EIC): focus on market-creating innovation and SME growth. The EIC work programme has been published, and includes the EIC Pathfinder, EIC Transition and EIC Accelerator.
      • Total budget for 2021: €1141.8M
    2. European Innovation Ecosystems: Connecting with regional and national innovation actors.
      • Total budget for 2021: €60M, for 2022: €69.8M
    3. European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) focusing on integrating research, higher education, business and entrepreneurship.

More about the Innovative Europe pillar


Horizontal focus: Widening Participation and strengthening the European research area

The horizontal pillar will place focus on Widening Participation throughout the entire Horizon Europe programme and across the entire continent, particularly improving the participation of low R&I performing Member States in Horizon Europe. This pillar is expected to include programmes like: Teaming, Twinning, Cost and ERA Chairs. Total budget for: 2021: €456.3M and for 2022: €478.45M.

        • Deadlines:
          • For 2021: Two-stage applications: 5 October (first stage), 8 September 2022 (Second stage only). Single-stage applications: 23 September, 29 September, 5 October, 12 October, 4 November.
          • For 2022: 18 January, 15 March, 12 April, 20 April, 29 September, 10 November.


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Horizon Europe: Mission-driven Research

The Horizon Europe programme also aims to implement mission-driven research focusing on five different missions across five mission areas. A mission is a set of actions across multiple disciplines with the aim of reaching a bold and inspirational goal with high impact on society, within a pre-set timeframe. It is expected that these missions will be addressed within the Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness pillar.

View all of the mission-areas and proposed missions below:

  1. Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation
  2. Cancer
  3. Climate-neutral and smart cities
  4. Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters
  5. Soil health and food


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