Horizon Europe is the ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation in the European Union.
It has a budget of around EUR 95.5 billion and will run for seven years (2021-2027). Horizon Europe forms the core of European research funding and is one of the largest public research funding programmes worldwide.
Horizon Europe offers a broad range of funding opportunities, from support for basic scientific research to application-oriented projects and market launch activities. The funding is aimed at individual researchers, small and larger consortia and companies, especially SMEs, in all fields.
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Horizon Europe's structure is based on the structure of Horizon 2020 and is also divided into three central pillars as well as the section "Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area". The three pillars reflect the innovation process from the initial idea to the marketable product and thus the guiding principle of the programme, a research-based and science-based strengthening of the global competitiveness of the European Union.
The "Excellent Science" pillar primarily supports scientific (fundamental) research at all levels and the provision of the necessary world-class facilities.
The second pillar combines the two thematic areas of "Industrial Leadership" and "Societal Challenges", both of which are familiar to us from Horizon 2020, into a single pillar entitled "Global Challenges & European Industrial Competitiveness". This programme supports the creation and better dissemination of new knowledge, technologies and sustainable solutions to strengthen the competitiveness of European industry and to help tackle major societal challenges. The objectives of the measures are based on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
The "Innovative Europe" pillar is a new feature, and bundles together measures that are intended to strengthen the innovative capacity of the European Union, among other things by improving innovation financing.