EU's new framework programme for research and innovation -Horizon Europe for 2021-2027

The European Commission has proposed Horizon Europe as the most ambitious research and innovation funding programme ever. The programme will cover years 2021-2027. The European Parliament and Council start now negotiating about the proposal.

The Open Science pillar (€25.8 billion) supports frontier research projects defined and driven by researchers themselves (ERC, researcher mobility and infrastructures). The Global Challenges and Industrial Competiveness pillar (€52.7 billion) 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. The Open Innovation pillar (€13.5 billion) aims to make Europe a frontrunner in market-creating innovation via the European Innovation Council (€10 billion).

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While maintaining a strong degree of continuity with Horizon 2020, the main changes will be:

  • Societal Challenges and Leadership in Enabling Industrial Technologies of Horizon 2020 integrated in five clusters to enabling more flexibility and interdisciplinarity, with a specific digital and industry cluster
  • Reinforced mission-orientation, with a limited set of highly visible R&I missions that engage citizens and help reach ambitious goals
  • Higher visibility for industry’s role in solving global challenges, including through Key Enabling Technologies.
  • Simplified forms of partnership initiatives that are open to all (public-private, joint programmes with Member States, philanthropic foundations, etc.). 

Following points seem to be of importance especially in consortium projects:

  • Improved cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary cooperation
  • Build more partnerships with industry
  • Be more effective in delivering societal impact for end-users and citizens
  • Increased impact on global challenges and EU policy priorities
  • Need to increase the production, dissemination and valorisation of project outputs
  • Decreasing gap between science/innovation and society
  • Open Science even stronger (open access to all scientific publications will be mandatory, open access to research data will be the general rule,  open access to other related research outputs will be promoted e.g. to software, algorithms)
  • Citizens involvement in priority setting and in projects (citizen science)
  • Responsible research and innovation
  • The impact pathways will be time-sensitive
  • EU is worried about monitoring gaps, including lack of data beyond the life-time of a project
  • Potentially changes in projects reviews: focusing the mid-term review on exploitation, rather than just checking progress.

Further information about the European Commission proposals and preparatory document for Horizon Europe.

More information at JYU:
Horizon Europe programme
Elina Humala, elina.humala@jyu.fi

Horizon 2020 programme
Pillar I: Leena Sivula, leena.sivula@jyu.fi and Elina Humala, elina.humala@jyu.fi
Pillar II: Anne Höytö, anne.m.hoyto@jyu.fi
Pillar III: Anu Tiilikainen-Tervaniemi, anu.tiilikainen-tervaniemi@jyu.fi