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Horizon Europe: first calls now available

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Horizon Europe, the framework programme for the period 2021-2027, launched the first calls through the European Research Council (known as ERC) to support science projects in Europe.

However, April has been a more important month with the launch of the new EIC (European Innovation Council) calls, in addition to the ERC calls that are still open. You can now consult all of them in Kaila.

Horizon Europe Calls

EIC calls, an opportunity for universities and startups

The European Innovation Council has launched calls for proposal with the aim of ensuring the financing of innovation from its beginnings to its arrival on the market. The estimated budget for 2021 is €1.5 billion to different instruments with completely open themes and other themes framed within the cross-cutting priorities of the European Commission (Health & Digitalisation and Green Deal). The instruments that are already active are:

EIC Pathfinder

With a budget of €303.7M, it covers the development of previously untested disruptive ideas. It will fund 75 projects. At the moment, the calls are:

HORIZON-EIC-2021-PATHFINDEROPEN-01-01 | EIC Pathfinder Open 2021: closing date 19 May, aimed at startups and universities seeking to investigate a radically new technology with the potential to create new markets and/or address global challenges.

EIC Accelerator

Targeting technology-based SMEs that want to launch an innovative, high-impact product on the market, leading to the exponential growth of the SME: €553.4M.  At least 220 projects will be funded in 2021. The calls, now open, are defined in two phases, the first of which ends on 9 June:

HORIZON-EIC-2021-ACCELERATORCHALLENGES-01-01 | Strategic Digital and Health Technologies Call focusing on innovations based on scientific discoveries or technological breakthroughs (“deep tech”), where significant funding is needed for a long period of time before they can generate benefits.

HORIZON-EIC-2021-ACCELERATORCHALLENGES-01-02 | Green Deal innovations for the Economic Recovery belongs to 46% of the EIC budget allocated to Health, Digital and Green. This call supports companies (mainly start-ups and SMEs) to scale up high impact innovations with the potential to create new or disrupt existing markets in identified areas of strategic importance.

HORIZON-EIC-2021-ACCELERATOROPEN-01 | EIC Accelerator Open 2021 supports companies (mainly start-ups and SMEs) to scale up high-impact innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones.

First calls of the health cluster, dedicated to COVID19

We can now also consult in Kaila the first calls of Horizon Europe’s Pillar 2 specifically the health cluster. Naturally, the first funding opportunities launched by the Commission are related to the fight against COVID19:

HORIZON-HLTH-2021-CORONA-01-02 | Cohorts united against COVID-19 variants of concern. The aim of this call, which ends on 6 May, is to support activities that enable or contribute to the development of large-scale COVID-19 cohorts and networks worldwide, including beyond Europe’s borders, forging links with European initiatives as a global response to the pandemic.

HORIZON-HLTH-2021-CORONA-01-01: Vaccines & therapeutic clinical trials to boost COVID-19 prevention and treatment. With a deadline of 6 May, this grant will support vaccine and therapeutic trials to boost prevention and further inform public health policy and clinical management.

Consult ERASMUS +, another Multiannual Financial Framework Programmes that has launched its first calls

Universities are the protagonists of Erasmus +, the other programme of which we can already consult some calls on Kaila.
Erasmus + has an estimated budget for the period 2021-2027 of €28 million, allocated to the following objectives:

  • Promote European cooperation in the field of cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage.
  • Increasing the competitiveness of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audio-visual sector.