EU budget: Horizon Europe - the most ambitious Research and Innovation programme yet

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Tags: 2018 | Horizon Europe

The Commission is proposing €100 billion for the next research framework funding programme.

The programme – Horizon Europe – will build on the achievements and success of the previous programme (Horizon 2020) and keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation. Horizon Europe is the most ambitious research and innovation programme ever.

Scientific excellence will continue to be funded through increased budgets for the European Research Council (ERC) and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges.

It will also introduce the following main new features:

  • A European Innovation Council (EIC) to help the EU become a frontrunner in market-creating innovation.
  • 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 weaker performing Member States, allowing them 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 Europe will streamline the number of partnerships that the EU co-programmes or co-funds with partners like industry, civil society and funding foundations, in order to increase their effectiveness and impact.

Next steps

The proposed package will now be sent to the Council and the European Parliament for a final agreement.

For more information: Horizon Europe webpage