EU-Horizon Europe



Horizon Europe is the succession programme of Horizon 2020, it will start at 2021 and run until 2027. The EU funding programme for Research and innovation with a proposed budget of €100 billion will drive Europe’s scientific excellence and boost the scientific, economic and societal impact of EU funding. The main aims of the programme are to:

  • Strengthen EU science and technology thanks to increased investment in highly skilled people and cutting-edge research

  • Foster the EU’s industrial competitiveness and its innovation performance, notably supporting market-creating innovation via the European Innovation Council and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

  • Deliver on the EU’s strategic priorities, such as the Paris Agreement on climate change, and tackle global challenges that affect the quality of our daily lives


Horizon Europe is based on the three pillars Open Science, Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness and Open Innovation

The Open Science pillar (€25.8 billion) supports frontier research projects defined and driven by researchers themselves through the European Research Council (€16.6 billion), funds fellowships and exchanges for researchers through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (€6.8 billion), and invests in world-class research 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. It also includes activities pursued by the Joint Research Centre (€2.2 billion) which supports EU and national policymakers with independent scientific evidence and technical support.


The Open Innovation pillar (€13.5 billion) aims to make Europe a frontrunner in market-creating innovation via the European Innovation Council (€10 billion). It will help develop the overall European innovation landscape, including by further strengthening the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to foster the integration of business, research, higher education and entrepreneurship (€3 billion).