HORIZON EUROPE

European funding programme for research and innovation

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Horizon Europe in brief

Horizon Europe is the name of the European multiannual programme for research, development, and innovation. It is the successor to the earlier programme Horizon 2020 and will run from 2021-2027. The programme is made up of a large number of sub-programmes each with their own funding round, conditions and application deadlines. More information about the work programme and the opening documents for the first period (2021-2022) can be found here.

Who is it for?

Horizon Europe is open to organisations based in the EU Member States and in associated countries. From start-ups, SMEs, universities and research institutes to large enterprises and governments. However, the bar is high: only the most innovative projects will receive funding, and many ‘grant calls’ require the cooperation of at least three parties from three different countries.

What is it for

Horizon Europe supports projects focusing on research and technical innovation. The emphasis is on ambitious, pioneering, and high-impact projects with a European dimension.

Subsidy Budget €95 billion

Horizon Europe 2021-2027 has a total budget of over EUR 95 billion.

THE OBJECTIVES OF HORIZON EUROPE

The objectives of Horizon Europe are based on three policy pillars: 1) stimulating excellent research, 2) tackling major European challenges and 3) promoting the European ‘innovation climate’. These objectives are further elaborated in various programmes around several thematic clusters. These themes include Environment, Health, Food, Safety, Mobility and Energy, among others.

At EGEN, we are particularly focussed on innovations that fit in with the following two thematic ‘clusters’ of Horizon Europe:

Cluster 5 (‘Climate, energy and mobility’) targets a climate neutral Europe by 2050, and supports innovation projects that contribute to a faster transition towards making the European energy and mobility sector more climate and environmentally friendly.

Cluster 6 (‘Food, bio-economy, natural resources, agriculture and environment’) finances innovation projects focusing on areas such as biodiversity, ecosystem services, food systems, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, circular economy and climate change.

What is new in Horizon Europe? 

An important innovation within Horizon Europe is the emphasis on the so-called ‘missions’. These are five major European challenges, for which new innovative solutions are sought. The missions are:

Project types

Horizon Europe splits the various opportunities to apply for a subsidy into different call rounds (tenders / calls for proposals). Some common project types are:

  • Research and Innovation Actions (RIA): research projects aimed at the initial development of new state-of-the-art knowledge and technology. Projects need to exactly match or address the described challenges. The subsidy percentage is 100%.
  • Innovation Actions (IA): innovation projects in a more advanced stage (closer to the market, such as practical demonstrations or upscaling). The subsidy is then 60-70% of the project costs (excl. non-for-profit organisations which are still eligible for 100% funding).
  • Coordination and Support Actions (CSA): tackling sectoral issues, setting up excellent international networks in the field of research, innovation and education, etc. The subsidy percentage is 100%.

Support proven by EGEN 

The specialists at EGEN will assist you every step of the way with your Horizon Europe project. Together we ensure that your ideas translate into a successful, sustainable project, making the earth a little greener! Our green services:

During the application proces

We can help you with the subsidy application, with the development of your project and we can help you find and link up with the right partners.

After approval of the application

After your application has been approved, our exploitation experts can help you with an economic analysis of your innovation. We will also support your organisation with the necessary subsidy related administrative matters and the associated reports. And our business modelling specialists can help you draw up a solid business case or business plan to give you more insight into how to make your business a success.

For many years EGEN has provided a wide range of innovation services for multiple Horizon 2020, Framework Programmes, and Intelligent Energy Europe projects. Our services ensure a high-quality subsidy application process and the smooth implementation of projects that add real value. The new Horizon Europe programme offers huge opportunities for innovation across the sector.

For many years EGEN has provided a wide range of innovation services for multiple Horizon 2020, Framework Programmes, and Intelligent Energy Europe projects. Our services ensure a high-quality subsidy application process and the smooth implementation of projects that add real value. The new Horizon Europe programme offers huge opportunities for innovation across the sector.

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