The European Commission has published its proposal for the future Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the 2021-2027 period (Horizon Europe) with a budget of €100 billion.
Horizon Europe has as main goals:
- Strengthen EU science and technology thanks to increased investment in highly skilled people and cutting-edge research
- Foster the EU’s industrial competiveness and its innovation performance
- Deliver on the EU’s strategic priorities and tackle global challenges that affect the quality of our daily lives.
Building on the current Horizon 2020 programme, Horizon Europa will be implemented through three pillars:
- Pilar I. Open Science
- Pilar II. Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness
- Pilar III. Open Innovation
In the Open Science pillar, Horizon Europe will continue to drive scientific excellence through the European Research Council and Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges.
The second pillar, Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness, supports research relating to societal challenges and sets EU-wide missions with ambitious goals. It will provide an intersectoral approach to research and innovation activities through five clusters:
- Inclusive and Secure Society
- Digital and Industry
- Climate, Energy and Mobility
- Food and Natural Resources
Under the Open Innovation pillar, there is the European Innovation Council to support disruptive innovations with market potential, European Innovation Ecosystems and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
Horizon Europe will also introduce important new features, such as:
- New EU-wide research and innovation missions focusing on societal challenges and industrial competitiveness
- Maximising the innovation potential across the EU: Support will be doubled for Member States lagging behind in their efforts to make the most of their national research and innovation potential
- More openness: The principle of 'open science' will become the modus operandi of Horizon Europe, requiring open access to publications and data.
- A new generation of European Partnerships and increased collaboration with other EU programmes: Horizon Europewill streamline the number of partnershipsthat the EU co-programmes or co-funds with partners like industry, civil society and funding foundations, in order to increase their effectiveness and impact in achieving Europe's policy priorities.