The 9th European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027) - Horizon Europe - will contribute to strengthen the knowledge and technology basis to tackle European and Global societal, environmental and economic challenges. It will be the largest public R&I funding initiative ever, with a budget of almost € 100 billion as proposed by the European Commission.
Horizon Europe builds upon the most successful components of its predecessor programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), including the full spectrum from basic (Pillar 1) to focused/applied (Pillar 2) to close-to-market research in all scientific domains:
- Pillar 1: Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, European Research Council Grants (ERC), and Research Infrastructures;
- Pillar 2: Global Challenges (ex-Societal Challenges) and the European Joint Research Centers;
- Pillar 3: European Innovation Council with emphasis on research with and for SMEs, and further close-to-marked R-D-I initiatives;
- Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area (ERA) transverse initiatives.
Horizon Europe introduces also some novel structural elements, such as “missions” (bold societal objectives) and “European Partnerships” (EU-wide co-programming/funding). The overall programme objectives and contents are newly designed and implemented through a multiannual Strategic Plan.