Skip to main content
NEWS6 Dec 2022NEWS

Horizon Europe work programmes 2023-2024 pre-published

Draft HE WP 2023-2024

The work programmes for 2023-2024 have been pre-published on 28 November 2022. Pre-publication means that the documents are in draft and have not been adopted yet. The drafts have been made public in order to give the potential participants an overview of the expected priorities. Only the adopted work programme will have legal value. The European Commission (EC) expressly disclaims liability for any future changes in these documents' content.

The pre-published work programmes for Horizon Europe are available on the EC website here, except for Cluster 3 that has not been released yet. The adoption of the work programmes will be announced on the Horizon Europe website and on the Funding and Tenders Portal.

Horizon Europe is by default open to the world

Info days

Check the info days with speakers from the European Commission here. The events give to prospective applicants and other stakeholders the opportunity to get information and ask questions about the main funding instruments. Among them:

  • Research Infrastructures, 6/12/2022
  • MSCA Staff exchanges, 7/12/2022
  • WIDERA, 12/12/2022
  • Cluster 4, 12-14/12/2022
  • Cluster 6, 13 - 14 December 2022
  • Cluster 5, 15 - 16 December 2022
  • Cluster 2, 17 January 2023
  • Cluster 1, 19 January 2023


Horizon Europe is the EU's €95.5 billion research and innovation programme for 2021-2027 and the successor of Horizon 2020. Most of the funding is allocated based on competitive calls for proposals, set out in work programmes. 

Eligibility to participate in the calls

Indian institutions can join most of Horizon Europe calls as part of a consortium comprised of:

  • at least one independent legal entity established in a EU Member State and
  • at least 2 additional independent legal entities each established in different EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon Europe.

For more details, see the regulation 2021/695 establishing Horizon Europe, among other Article 22 Legal entities eligible for participation.

Eligibility to receive funding

Indian institutions are NOT eligibleto automatic funding by the European Commission for Horizon Europe Calls.

However funding can exceptionally be provided if:

  • The country is explicitly identified in the work programme and/or call for proposals as being eligible for funding.
  • If the granting authority considers that their participation as a beneficiary is essential for implementing the project, for example in view of their:
    •  outstanding competence/expertise,
    •  access to particular research infrastructures,
    •  access to particular geographical environments, 
    •  access to particular data.

In all the other cases, legal entities established in India have to participate at their own cost. Co-funding mechanisms exist. Check with the local authorities.

All Indian researchers eligible under MSCA and ERC calls

Individual researchers from India remain eligible to funding under the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) and the European Research Council (ERC).

Within MSCA, all Indian researchers can receive PhD and postdoc funding. Under the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme, it is also possible to bring EU based researchers to India forup to 2 years at no cost. More details here.

Within the ERC, Indian researchers can carry out groundbreaking research in European institutions (at least 50% of their Working time should be spent in Europe). They can also take part in a group of up to 4 Principal investigators in which one of them can stay in India if it is relevant for the project. 

Sources: European Commission; Horizon Europe Programme Guide and regulations cited above.

Work programme