11/09/2020

Share your views on the next EU research and innovation programme priorities for the next four years


How do we design an ambitious EU research and innovation programme that supports the green and digital transitions for a sustainable coronavirus recovery? To answer this question we need your help. Have your say on Horizon Europe’s first Strategic Plan, which will guide the work programmes and topics for the new programme’s first four years.

Horizon Europe, and its Strategic Plan in particular, is being developed in an intensive co-design process so that it targets issues that matter most. So far, over 9000 people have taken part in this process, making it one of the largest co-design exercises that the Commission has ever led. To get ready for the programme’s launch in 2021, the Commission has launched this latest consultation.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said:

“The transition to a sustainable, carbon neutral and digital society and economy have to become the basis of our recovery from the coronavirus crisis. Your participation will make a difference as we can only achieve real impact if we do this together. Get involved for a strong, sustainable and competitive Europe. I count on you.”

The survey will collect input from across Europe and beyond to help validate impacts, spark debates and new ideas. The input received will support the implementation of Horizon Europe, especially for the programme’s second pillar ‘Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness’. Moreover, it will help align research and innovation priorities with EU policy priorities such as solutions for a sustainable future. A key event in this co-design process will be the virtual European Research and Innovation Days taking place from 22 to 24 September 2020, during which the survey’s results will be discussed.

The Commission invites anyone with an interest in EU research and innovation priorities, anywhere in the world, to participate in the consultation, which will close on 18 September 2020.

access the survey here

Background

Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme, will launch in 2021. It will strengthen the EU’s scientific and technological bases, boost its innovation capacity and deliver on Europeans’ priorities. The first ‘Horizon Europe Strategic Plan’ is planned to be  ready towards the end of 2020, subject to agreement between the European Parliament and Council on the EU’s long-term budget (2021-27) and its related horizontal provisions.