Horizon Europe

Research and innovation funding programme until 2027

  • Program Type

The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.

Horizon Europe – the next EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027)

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing €100 billion for research and innovation. A new programme – Horizon Europe – will build on the achievements and success of the previous research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020) and keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation. Horizon Europe is the most ambitious research and innovation programme ever.

The first Horizon Europe strategic plan (2021-2024)

The first strategic plan sets out the key strategic orientations for the targeting of investments in the programme's first 4 years.

  • promoting an open strategic autonomy by leading the development of key digital, enabling and emerging technologies, sectors and value chains to accelerate and steer the digital and green transitions through human-centred technologies and innovations
  • restoring Europe’s ecosystems and biodiversity, and managing sustainably natural resources to ensure food security and a clean and healthy environment
  • making Europe the first digitally enabled circular, climate-neutral and sustainable economy through the transformation of its mobility, energy, construction and production systems
  • creating a more resilient, inclusive and democratic European society, prepared and responsive to threats and disasters, addressing inequalities and providing high-quality health care, and empowering all citizens to act in the green and digital transitions

  • It also identifies the European co-funded and co-programmed partnerships, the missions and covers international cooperation and other aspects.

    Work programmes under Horizon Europe

    Work programmes set out funding opportunities under Horizon Europe.
    One specific programme under Horizon Europe is implemented through the following:
    The main work programme

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and research infrastructures under Pillar I
  • all clusters under Pillar II
  • European innovation ecosystems under Pillar III
  • the part widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area

  • Other work programmes cover
  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Joint Research Centre (JRC)
  • European Innovation Council (EIC)

  • A significant part of Pillar II of Horizon Europe will be implemented through institutionalised partnerships, particularly in the areas of Mobility, Energy, Digital and Bio-based economy, which will also have separate work programmes.
    The activities of the European Institute of Technology (EIT) are set out in separate programming documents.
    Horizon Europe is also implemented through another specific programme (the European Defence Fund) and is complemented by the Euratom Research and Training Programme. Each of these will also have have a separate work programme.


    Horizon Europe incorporates research and innovation missions to increase the effectiveness of funding by pursuing clearly defined targets.
    The Commission engaged policy experts to develop studies, case studies and reports on how a mission-oriented policy approach will work.
    The 5 EU Missions:
    1. Adaptation to Climate Change: support at least 150 European regions and communities to become climate resilient by 2030
    2. Cancer: working with Europe's Beating Cancer Plan to improve the lives of more than 3 million people by 2030 through prevention, cure and solutions to live longer and better
    3. Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030
    4. 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030
    5. A Soil Deal for Europe: 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030

    European partnerships

    Horizon Europe supports European partnerships in which the EU, national authorities and/or the private sector jointly commit to support the development and implementation of a programme of research and innovation activities.
    The goal of European partnerships is to contribute to the achievement of EU priorities, address complex challenges outlined in Horizon Europe and strengthen the European Research Area (ERA).

    Future Phases

    Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.


    Let’s Get Started.

    To apply or join the program, please submit an application.