EC proposes most ambitious Research and Innovation Programme yet: Horizon Europe

Today, the European Commission (EC) has proposed the new 2021-2027 research and innovation programme ‘Horizon Europe’, the successor of Horizon 2020. The overarching goal of Horizon Europe is to invest in research & innovation and new solutions. This will shape a better future that will support global competitiveness, prosperity and sustainable development. As previously reported, the budget for the programme is proposed to be € 100 billion.

Highlights of changes

Highlights of the changes as compared to Horizon 2020 are:

  • Installation of an European Innovation Council – aimed at bringing high potential and breakthrough technologies from lab to market application. Furthermore, it will help the most innovative start-ups and companies scale up their ideas.
  • New EU-wide research and innovation missions – focusing on societal challenges and industrial competitiveness.
  • Maximising the innovation potential across the EU – to help countries that go up the ladder of excellence.
  • More openness – by having the principle of ‘open science’ as modus operandi, requiring open access to publications and data.
  • Increased collaboration with other EU programmes – by streamlining the number of partnerships that the EU co-programmes or co-funds with partners like industry, civil society and funding foundations.

Next steps – Horizon Europe

A swift agreement on this proposal is essential. Only by having an agreement in 2019, a seamless transition between Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe will ensure continuity of innovation in Europe.

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