Horizon Europe is the new EU flagship programme for research and innovation. It sets the best minds in Europe and the rest of the world to work on delivering excellent solutions to the key issues of our time, supporting the EU’s policy priorities and building a better future for the next generation in Europe.
This work programme will cover the years 2021-2022. It will foster excellence in research and support fellowships, training and exchanges for researchers through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, build more connected and efficient European innovation ecosystems, create world-class research infrastructures, support the green and digital transitions and target global challenges while supporting European industrial competiveness, as well as widening participation in the programme and strengthening the European Research Area.
Horizon Europe is the most ambitious EU research and innovation programme ever
With Horizon Europe, the EU will invest €95.5 billion in research and innovation that will shape the future of Europe, making it the most ambitious research and innovation programme ever introduced by the EU.
A substantial part of this funding will be dedicated to targeted actions that support the green and digital transitions for our societies and economies as well as a sustainable recovery from the global crisis that has emerged following the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of Horizon Europe in general, and this work programme in particular, is to create opportunities for the EU and the world of tomorrow from the challenges of today.
In line with the commitment made in the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) Incubator Communication1, a first version of this work programme was launched in March 2021 with focused action to target Covid-19 variants, securing the safety and effectiveness of our vaccines. On 30 January 2020, the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern and the pandemic is still not under control. While vaccines are now becoming available and being used, COVID-19 variants are increasingly of concern – because of their effect on transmissibility, disease severity and vaccine effectiveness. Therefore, €123 million was devoted to bring an additional concerted EU effort to further speed up the process of understanding the occurrence and spread of variants and their effect on disease severity and vaccine effectiveness.2
In order to support our commitment to make EU the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050, Horizon Europe will direct a minimum of 35 % of the funding available to climate objectives. These funds will be used for projects that advance the science of climate change, develop solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to adapt to the changing climate. For example, activities will accelerate the transition towards clean energy and mobility in a sustainable and fair way, help adapt food systems and support the circular and bio-economy, maintain and enhance natural carbon sinks in ecosystems, and foster adaptation to climate change. Jointly such activities will be fundamental to create the new products, services and business models needed to sustain or enable EU industrial leadership and competitiveness, and to create new markets for climate neutral and circular products.
PRS invites partners to cooperate in projects aimed at ensuring safety, environmental protection and the related application of innovative technologies. Detailed information on the scope of the planned greenhouse gas neutrality strategy in the energy and mobility sectors can be found in the document: