Horizon Europe

The Horizon 2020 program will end this year and will be succeeded by Horizon Europe, the new Framework Program. Horizon Europe will run from 2021 until 2027, with a total budget of €75.9 billion. Currently the draft of subsidy calls is still under consultation, but Catalyze has gathered all the officially published information on this page.

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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 program include:

  1. European Research Council funding frontier research designed and driven by the best researchers in Europe. Some tentative timelines for calls in 2021 have been published for ERC calls.
  2. Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions funding fellowships and mobility of researchers. A preliminary deadline for MSCA-ITN has been published
  3. Research Infrastructures funding new world-class research infrastructures

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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
      2. Culture, Creativity, and Inclusive Society
      3. Digital, Industry and Space
      4. Climate, Energy and Mobility
      5. Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment
      6. Joint Research Centre: supporting policymakers, both European and national, with independent scientific evidence and support.

More about the Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness pillar

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. In the past years a pilot for the EIC program has been released, including EIC accelerator and EIC Pathfinder calls.
    2. European Innovation Ecosystems: Connecting with regional and national innovation actors.
    3. European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) focusing on integrating research, higher education, business and entrepreneurship.

The horizontal pillar will focus on Widening Participation, throughout the entire Horizon Europe program. The aim of this is to widen the participation in Horizon Europe throughout the entire continent and improve the participation of low R&I performing Member States in Horizon Europe. This pillar is expected to include programs like: Teaming, Twinning, Cost and ERA Chairs.

More about the Innovative Europe pillar

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The Horizon Europe program also aims to implement mission-driven research focusing on five different missions. 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.

  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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