The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2021-2027 Horizon Europe is the European Union’s main initiative to encourage investigation and innovation. It succeeds Horizon 2020 and has a budget of more than €95 billion. Its objectives include combating climate change, aligning European policies with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosting EU competitiveness and growth.
Horizon Europe is based in 3 pillars and a cross section the objective of which is to support Member States to increase their participation and strengthen their position in the European Research Area (ERA). The 3 pillars are:
- Excellent Science: it aims at strengthening and increasing the scientific excellence of the European Union. This Pillar I includes the European Research Council Actions, the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and the Research Infraestructures.
- Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness: it seeks to drive key technologies and solutions that underpin EU policies and the Sustainable Development Goals. This Pillar II is divided into 6 thematic clusters, some of which will have associated Missions and the Joint Research Centre.
- Innovative Europe: it aims to stimulate innovations that contribute to the creation of new markets and ecosystems which encourage innovation. This Pillar III consists of three institutions: the European Innovation Council, the European Innovation Ecosystems and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
Horizon Europe incorporates new features with respect to Horizon 2020 as a result of the assessment that the European Commission has been developing over the last few years through public consultations and negotiations with EU Member States. The following are the key novelties that Horizon Europe brings in:
- European Innovation Council (EIC): in parallel to the European Research Council (ERC), the EIC supports researchers and companies developing high-risk breakthrough innovations with the potential to create new markets and boost jobs, growth and prosperity in Europe. Its funding instruments include the EIC Pathfinder and the EIC Accelerator.
- EU Missions: they represent the EU’s engagement to resolve some of the more significant challenges that our world is facing, such as fighting against cancer, adapting to climate change, protecting our oceans, living in more eco-friendly cities and ensuring healthy soil and food. Each Mission will function as a as a portfolio of actions, with research projects, policy measures or even legislative initiatives to achieve a measurable goal that could not be achieved through individual actions.
- New approach to European Partnerships: the European Commission is working in a new generation of partnerships with which it aims to support the objectives of the EU’s policies by bringing together public and private institutions. The aim is to avoid the duplication of investments and contribute to reducing the fragmentation of R&I financing.
- International cooperation: the European Commision aims to address global societal challenges jointly, drawing on the best talent, expertise and resources in the world, improving the supply of and demand for innovative solutions.
- Open science across the Programme: the aim is to improve the dissemination and exploitation of the research and innovation results, as well as to support the active participation of civil society. For such purpose, the European Commission has launched the Open Research Europe platform.
European Commission’s Horizon Europe website: https://ec.europa.eu/info/horizon-europe_en
European Office of the Ministry of Science and Innovation website: https://www.horizonteeuropa.es
Horizon Europe’s presentation of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI): https://eventos.cdti.es/ES/PresentacionHorizonteEuropa/Presentaciones
Participant’s portal: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/home
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