Horizon Europe

HORIZON EUROPE Research and innovation PROGRAMME

Written by Mark, January 2021

A collective sigh of relief was breathed across UK universities and industry last month as access to Horizon Europe appears to be secured through the post-Brexit trade agreement. Here, we provide an overview of Horizon Europe and the programme’s structure. In the following weeks, as further information becomes available, we will deep dive into the opportunities that are going to be available for both European and UK researchers and businesses.


Anticipated to start in the next 2 months (depending on the speed of final negotiations), Horizon Europe will have a budget over nearly €100 billion for research and innovation. This represents a substantial increase from Horizon 2020 of nearly €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 structure of Horizon Europe is based around three pillars and one cross-cutting pillar as 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 few months as it becomes finalsed, with further articles (as mentioned) going in to more detail about each specific pillar. 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.