Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the programme for funding research and innovation projects in the European Union for the period 2014-2020.

Coinciding with the end of the H2020 programme and with the same aim (to promote industrial leadership in Europe and drive scientific excellence), the European Commission is now preparing its follow-up programme, Horizon Europe. This new programme will cover the period 2021-2027 and it promises to be the largest ever programme of funding for research, development and innovation

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What is Horizon Europe?

Horizon Europe is a funding programme aimed at supporting research, development and innovation projects which advance a series of common objectives for the entire European Union. These objectives are based on the three pillars of the Horizon Europe programme, which are the following:

    • Excellent Science. Firstly, the programme aims to promote “open science”, offering support to researchers through grants, and funding projects defined and driven by researchers through the European Research Council and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).
    • Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness. Secondly, the programme aims to support, through the Joint Research Centre (JRC), projects that develop technological solutions to challenges in critical areas such as health, climate change, mobility, food and natural resources, energy, civil security, digital, industry and space, etc. This means that projects will no longer be assessed solely in terms of excellence. The development projects put forward in the calls for proposals must have a clear social impact.
  • Innovative Europe. Finally, it aims to foster and support innovation activities that bring together business, research and education through the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) . These innovation activities will be exploited in connection with so-called “missions”, which are general global challenges (for example, cancer, soil health and food, climate-neutral and smart cities, healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters, and adaptation to climate change). Funding will thus be provided for projects which could have an impact on some of these areas.

Click here to access the full document on the Horizon Europe Programme 2021-2027.


Authors: Alba Mª López and Marina Martínez

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