Horizon Europe

What is Horizon Europe?

Horizon Europe will be the 9th EU Framework Programme and will continue to promote Research and Innovation in its entirety, implementing and maintaining proven programmes from Horizon 2020.

New goals in Horizon Europe include creating a stronger impact through mission-orientation and citizens’ involvement, as well as a more active engagement of society through better dissemination and exploitation of R&I results.

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  • Strengthen EU science and technology thanks to increased investment in highly skilled people and cutting-edge research;
  • Foster the EU’s industrial competitiveness and its innovation performance, notably supporting market-creating innovation via the European Innovation Council and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology;
  • Deliver on the EU’s strategic priorities, such as the Paris Agreement on climate change, and tackle global challenges that affect the quality of our daily lives.


The new programme will be implemented through three pillars:

The Open Science pillar supports frontier research projects defined and driven by researchers themselves through the European Research Council (ERC), funds fellowships and exchanges for researchers through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, and invests in world-class research infrastructures.

The Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness pillar directly supports research relating to societal challenges, reinforces technological and industrial capacities, and sets EU-wide missions with ambitious goals tackling some of our biggest problems. It also includes activities pursued by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) which supports EU and national policymakers with independent scientific evidence and technical support.

The Open Innovation pillar aims to make Europe a frontrunner in market-creating innovation via the European Innovation Council (EIC). It will help develop the overall European innovation landscape, including by further strengthening the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to foster the integration of business, research, higher education and entrepreneurship.

Horizon Europe will double the “sharing excellence” support to EU Member States in their efforts to make the most of their national research and innovation potential.


Horizon Europe will incorporate research and innovation missions to increase the effectiveness of funding by pursuing clearly defined targets. The Commission has engaged policy experts to develop studies, case studies and reports on how a mission-oriented policy approach will work.

5 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.


The Commission has published its proposal for Horizon Europe, legal framework, factsheets, reports and timeline, as part of the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework.

Various building blocks were considered including the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Lab-Fab-App report (informally the Lamy report), foresight studies and various other reports.

Disclaimer: This article was based on EC’s Horizon Europe website.