What’s new in Horizon Europe Programme?

The Horizon Europe (HE) programme is now well underway. As we get closer to the next round of calls to open, it would be important to highlight several of the key differences brought by HE that you should be mindful of when considering applying for the HE programme.
1. Shorter application forms
Shorter application forms The HE proposal template has been reduced. Overall limit is now 45 pages (down from 70 in the previous H2020 programme)
2. New features of Part A (online)

- The partner description (“Section 4”) has been moved to Part A (administrative section – “online”)

- A table of researchers involved in the project is required. The aim is to study the links between funding and researchers’ careers (not to specifically identify individuals)

- Each organization’s role will be specified through a check list

- Participants will need to confirm the existence of a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) – This is an eligibility criteria!

- Ethics and Security are now in Part A (not the Technical Annex)

3. Greater clarity in Part B

Part B now includes a glossary of definitions, encouraging consistent use of terminology across application and detailed explanations on what is expected (and should be included) for each section,

4. Greater emphasis on multidiscplinarity

Applicants are required to accurately describe how their research relates to SSH (social sciences and humanities), inter-disciplinarity to other scientific fields as well as how gender aspects are integrated into the research plan (if relevant). All of these will strengthen the “Excellence” section.

5. Open Science

Open Science is an integral part of the “Excellence” section. Applicants will need to describe how they plan to integrate it in their methodologies and, if not, justify it.

A data management plan (DMP) must be provided, in line with FAIR principles, by month 6 of the project. The overarching principle is that data should be “as open as possible, as closed as necessary.”

6. Pathways to Impact

A summary table will now be necessary, showcasing a “pathway” to their project’s impact, in Section 2. Based on the planned impact, the table summarizes the following:

- Specific needs of the project

- Expected Results

- Dissemination, exploitation and communication measures

- Target Audiences

- The outputs achieved during the project’s lifetime

- Any scientific, economic and societal impacts generated beyond the project’s duration

7. No annexes allowed to the application

Under HE, evaluators are instructed to disregard any hyperlinks or annexes to the technical annex.

Annexes to “subcontracting and third-party involvement” are now in section 3 and Ethics and Partner descriptions in Part A.

The only exceptions are:

- Calls related to Security

- In case of financial support to third parties

- Clinical Trials

If you have specific questions about the programme, the application procedure or are considering preparing an application, let us know and we can help and provide advice on the requirements and steps that need to be taken.