Horizon Europe

HORIZON EUROPE Research and innovation PROGRAMME

Written by Mark, April 2020

The Horizon 2020 programme finishes in (no prizes for guessing!) 2020. Beginning in January 2021 and lasting until 2027, the European Commission is already deep in the planning phases for its successor: Horizon Europe. For Horizon Europe, the Commission is proposing €100 billion budget for research and innovation. This represents a substantial increase from H2020 of €23 billion and continues the ever-increasing commitment of the Commission to funding cutting-edge research (see figure below).

Horizon Europe Funding Levels


While continuing to build on the success of prior programme structures, Horizon Europe will introduce the following main new features:


The strategic planning process will focus in particular on the Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness pillar of Horizon Europe. It will also cover the Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area part of the programme as well as relevant activities in other pillars. The preliminary structure of Horizon Europe is shown below:

Horizon Europe Pillars

Horizon Europe will incorporate research and innovation missions to increase the effectiveness of funding by pursuing clearly defined targets. Five mission areas have been identified, each with a dedicated mission board and assembly. They will help specify, design and implement specific missions in Horizon Europe:

Our Services for Horizon Europe

Needless to say, we will be keeping a very close eye on the developments within Horizon Europe over the coming year and will keep you updated as news emerges from the Commission. We will continue to offer the same great service we have offered under Horizon 2020 and make sure that your applications target the right themes and priorities under Horizon Europe.

Please go to the EC website for more detailed information. However, a useful information video on Horizon Europe can be found here.