The European Commission has published its proposal of an ambitious €100 billion programme, ‘Horizon Europe’, that will succeed Horizon 2020 as the next EU Research and Innovation Investment Programme. Horizon Europe is currently being developed for implementation from 2021 to 2027, with the aim to promote “a sustainable, fair and prosperous future for people and planet based on European values”.
The EU Research and Innovation Programme has three main goals: to strengthen science and technology in the EU and to widen the European Research Area (ERA); to foster innovation and create jobs through enhanced European Industrial Competitiveness; and to provide for the needs and priorities of citizens while sustaining the European socioeconomic model and values. For more information on the Horizon Europe framework programme, you can:
To achieve these goals, the preliminary framework is organised in three pillars: 1) Excellent Science, 2) Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, and 3) Innovative Europe, with interventions in the second pillar divided into thematic clusters. For more information on each cluster, see the links below:
Cluster 1 – Health / Cluster 2 – Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society / Cluster 3 – Civil Security for Society / Cluster 4 – Digital, Industry and Space / Cluster 5 – Climate, Energy and Mobility / Cluster 6 – Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment / Mission Areas and Partnership Candidates
The European Commission seeks to bring together key stakeholders and potential beneficiaries of Horizon Europe through European Research and Innovation Days, a series of policy events seeking to spark debate and “shape the future research and innovation landscape”. By mobilising and engaging different stakeholders, these events aim to co-create strategic priorities for the first four years of Horizon Europe. In addition to providing opportunities for participants to come together, deepen the dialogue, and work across sectors and disciplines to help plan Horizon Europe, the idea of these events is to ensure that the new research programme reflects the views and needs of citizens – in order to yield results that are in line with their values and expectations.
The first European Research and Innovation Day takes place from 24 – 26 September 2019 in Brussels, Belgium and will be livestreamed. More information is available on the European Commission website.