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Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the EU’s 9th multiannual framework programme for research and innovation which runs from 2021 to 2027. It follows on from Horizon 2020, the 8th framework programme, which ran from 2014 to 2020.

The summary below applies to the components of Horizon Europe which are covered by one of the specific programmes of Horizon Europe and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, whose research and innovation activities are exclusively focused on civil applications.

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation, which:

  • tackles climate change;
  • helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals;
  • boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth;
  • facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges;
  • supports the creation and better diffusion of excellent knowledge and technologies;
  • creates jobs, fully engages the EU’s talent pool, boosts economic growth, promotes industrial competitiveness and optimises investment impact within a strengthened European research area (ERA).

Horizon Europe is made up of:

  • Pillar I — Excellent Science;
  • Pillar II — Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness;
  • Pillar III — Innovative Europe;
  • the part ‘Widening Participation and Strengthening the ERA’.

Horizon Europe has a budget of €95.5 billion (current prices) for 2021-2027 (including €5.4 billion from NextGenerationEU — the recovery plan for Europe to help repair the economic and social damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic).