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Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe

Proposal for the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme (2021-2027)

  • To strengthen the EU's scientific and technological bases and the European Research Area (ERA)
  • To boost Europe's innovation capacity, competitiveness and jobs
  • To deliver on citizens' priorities and sustain our socio-economic model and values

Horizon Europe

Political agreement

European Parliament and Council reached a common understanding on Horizon Europe on 19 March 2019.

Budget, synergies and third country association still pending, depending on the overall MFF negotiations. It is expected to be approved in autumn 2020 and the first calls would be published in January 2021.

The Commission proposes a budget of € 100 billion* for Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe Budget

* This envelope includes EUR 3.5 billion allocated under the InvestEUFund.

The main changes will focus on designing improvements to optimize its impact

It will also introduce the following new aspects:

  • The creation of the European Innovation Council to foster disruptive market innovation.
  • The establishment of research and innovation missions which have European added value, ambitious, audacious and with measurable results to address issues that affect our daily lives.
  • Promoting a new generation of European partnerships and more collaboration with other European programs.
  • Making the most of the EU's research and innovation potential.
  • The principle of “open science” will be the modus operandi of the new program.
  • Strengthen international cooperation.
  • A new governance of the program characterized by budgetary flexibility and ongoing strategic programming and management.
  • More simplification, with simpler participation rules to reduce the administrative burden between beneficiaries and the EC.

Preliminary structure

Preliminary structure

Pillar I

Pillar I - Horizon Europe

Pillar II

Pillar II - Horizon Europe

Pillar III

Pillar III - Horizon Europe

European Innovation Council

Support to innovations with breakthrough and disruptive nature and scale up potential that are too risky for private investors (70% of the budget earmarked for SMEs).

Two complementary instrumentsbridging the gap from idea to investable project:

  • Pathfinder: grants(from early technology to pre-commercial)
  • Accelerator: grants only & blended finance (from pre-commercial to market & scale-up)


A mission is a portfolio of actions across disciplines intended to achieve a bold and inspirational and measurable goal within a set timeframe, with impact for society and policy making as well as relevance for a significant part of the European population and wide range of European citizens.

Horizon Europe defines mission characteristics and elements of governance, and 5 missions areas. Specific missions will be programmed within the Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness pillar (drawing on inputs from other pillars).

Missions - Horizon Europe

European Partnerships

New generation of objective-driven and more ambitious partnerships in support of agreed EU policy objectives.

  • Simple architecture and toolbox
  • Coherent life-cycle approach
  • Strategic orientation
Co-programmed Co-funded Institutionalised
Based on Memoranda of Understanding / contractual arrangements; implemented independently by the partners and by Horizon Europe Based on a joint programmeagreed and implemented by partners; commitment of partners for financial and in-kind contributions Based on long-term dimension and need for high integration; partnerships based on Articles 185 / 187 of TFEU and the EIT-Regulation supported by Horizon Europe

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/horizon-europe

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Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación USPIR was funded 173.488,00 € by the National Research Agency, within the National Plan of Scientific Technical Research and Innovation 2017-2020 (ECT2019-000424)
Diputació de Tarragona The Oficina Tarragona Regió del Coneixement, a contributor of the USPIR, is funded by the Diputació de Tarragona.