The European Commission proposes the most ambitious budget to date for the “Horizon Europe” research and innovation programme

Yesterday morning the European Commission announced the proposed budget for HORIZON EUROPE, the new framework programme that will replace Horizon 2020 during the period 2021-2027.


The Commission proposes to allocate a total of €100,000M, it’s most ambitious budget to date for the research and innovation program. Horizon Europe, builds upon the achievements and successes of the previous programme, H2020 and will keep the EU at the forefront of research and innovation worldwide.

Yesterday morning, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner of Research, Science and Innovation, added: "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 reengage 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 "

The main objectives of the next Framework Program are: to strengthen the scientific and technological bases of the EU; stimulate innovation capacity, competitiveness and jobs in Europe and meet the priorities of citizens; in addition to supporting the socio-economic model and the values ​​of the EU.

Horizon Europe, will be organized around three pillars:


  • Global challenges and industrial competitiveness: with a total of € 52,700M, for direct support to research in the field of global social challenges, through 5 clusters (health, inclusive and secure societies, digital and industry, climate, energy and mobility and food and natural resources). In addition, within this pillar, the activities of the Joint Research Center (JRC) are included, which will continue to contribute through scientific advice, technical support and scientific research.


  • Open innovation: with a total of € 13,500M, it includes the European Innovation Council (EIC), which currently has a pilot phase in Horizon 2020, to support disruptive innovations with market creation potential, Innovation Systems to connect with national and regional actors, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to continue with its activities.

These three pillars are complemented with other activities under the section of Strengthening the European Research Area, achieving the optimization of the strengths and potential for a more innovative Europe.

The Horizon Europe proposal is based on the success of the current program, H2020. The mid-term evaluation shows that the programme on course to deliver valuable contributions to generating employment and growth, addressing the main social challenges, as well as improving people’s lives. That is why it is very important to reach a quick agreement on the EU's general long-term budget to ensure that EU funds start to deliver results on the ground as soon as possible.

Around two thirds of the economic increase recorded in Europe in recent decades have been the result of innovation. The expectation is that Horizon Europe will create new knowledge and technologies, as well as having positive effects on growth, trade, and investment, as well as considerable effects on society and the environment.

Sources: EC & CDTI



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