Horizon Europe: the most ambitious research and innovation programme yet

Horizon Europe: the most ambitious research and innovation programme yet
Carlos Moedas © European Union , 2018/Source EC - Audiovisual Service

The European Commission is proposing €100 billion for Horizon Europe, the next research and innovation programme in its next long-term EU budget.

Horizon Europe will build on the achievements and success of the previous research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020) and keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation.

The proposed budget allocation of €100bn for 2021-2027 includes €97.6bn under Horizon Europe – €3.5bn of which will be allocated under the InvestEU Fund – and €2.4bn for the Euratom Research and Training Programme.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Horizon 2020 is one of Europe’s biggest success stories. The new Horizon Europe programme aims even higher. As part of this, we want to increase funding for the European Research Council to strengthen the EU’s global scientific leadership and re-engage citizens by setting ambitious new missions for EU research. We are also proposing a new European Innovation Council to modernise funding for ground-breaking innovation in Europe”.

What will be different about Horizon Europe?

While continuing to drive scientific excellence through the European Research Council (ERC) and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges, Horizon Europe will introduce the following main new features:

  • A European Innovation Council (EIC) to help the EU become a frontrunner in market-creating innovation: the new EIC will help identify and fund fast-moving, high-risk innovations with strong potential to create entirely new markets. Providing direct support to innovators through two main funding instruments, it will complement the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT);
  • New EU-wide research and innovation missions focusing on societal challenges and industrial competitiveness: under Horizon Europe, the commission will launch new missions to tackle issues that affect our daily lives. Examples could range from the fight against cancer to clean transport or plastic-free oceans;
  • Maximising the innovation potential across the EU: support will be doubled for member states who are behind in their efforts to make the most of their national research and innovation potential;
  • More openness: ‘open science’ will become the workings of Horizon Europe, requiring open access to publications and data. This will assist market uptake and increase the innovation potential of results generated by EU funding; and
  • A new generation of European partnerships and increased collaboration with other EU programmes: Horizon Europe will streamline the number of partnerships that the EU co-programmes or co-funds with partners like industry, civil society and funding foundations, to increase their effectiveness in achieving Europe’s policy priorities.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) will continue to contribute with scientific advice, technical support and dedicated research.

Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness, said: “Investing in research and innovation is investing in Europe’s future.”

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