The largest EU funded Research and Innovation Programme
Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth.
The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. This will result in creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.
Horizon Europe funding is awarded based on calls for project proposals, which are published on the Funding and Tender’s Portal. The calls for proposals define the thematic areas for which funding is available and provide all criteria that need to be respected. They also include information on the total amount of budget available and the deadline for submitting a call.
Legal entities established in any of the EU Member States or in any country associated with Horizon Europe are eligible for Horizon Europe funding.
What is new in Horizon Europe?
European Innovation Council: Support for innovations with potential breakthrough and disruptive nature with scale-up potential that may be too risky for private investors. This is 70% of the budget earmarked for SMEs
Missions: Sets of measures to achieve bold, inspirational and measurable goals within a set time frame. There are 5 main mission areas as part of Horizon Europe
Gender Equality: Having a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) in place is an eligibility criterion for certain categories of legal entities from EU countries and associated countries
Open science policy: Mandatory open access to publications and open science principles are applied throughout the programme
New approach to partnerships: Objective-driven and more ambitious partnerships with industry in support of EU policy objectives
Work programmes under Horizon Europe
Work programmes set out funding opportunities under Horizon Europe.
The work programmes for Horizon Europe are available to view and download on the Funding and Tenders Portal.
Missions in Horizon Europe
Missions are commitments to solve some of the greatest challenges facing our world. They are an integral part of the Horizon Europe framework programme. Each mission will operate as a portfolio of actions – such as research projects, policy measures or even legislative initiatives – to achieve a measurable goal that could not be achieved through individual actions. Areas include:
EU Missions - A better Future
European Partnerships in Horizon Europe
European Partnerships bring the European Commission and private and/or public partners together to address some of Europe’s most pressing challenges through concerted research and innovation initiatives. They are a key implementation tool of Horizon Europe, and contribute significantly to achieving the EU’s political priorities. By bringing private and public partners together, European Partnerships help to avoid the duplication of investments and contribute to reducing the fragmentation of the research and innovation landscape in the EU.
Horizon Europe provides opportunities for Maltese researchers and organisations to be at the forefront of research and innovation and to collaborate with leading organisations across Europe and the world. The Horizon Unit within the Malta Council for Science and Technology is your contact point for Horizon Europe in Malta. Building on our past experiences, we are able to answer all your questions related to Horizon Europe and can guide you throughout the whole process of participating successfully in the Programme.
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This article was last updated on: July 23, 2021