Instituto Superior Técnico

Direção de Projectos

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

– The next research and innovation framework programme

This video explain the aims of Horizon Europe (Source)

Horizon Europe is the European Union’s current Research and Innovation Framework Programme. Starting on 1 January 2021 and ending on 31 December 2027, it has a planned budget of 95.5 billion euros to support research and innovation activities.

See the following documents:


  • Strengthen EU science and technology thanks to increased investment in highly skilled people and cutting-edge research;
  • Foster the EU’s industrial competiveness and its innovation performance, notably supporting market-creating innovation via the European Innovation Council and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology;
  • Deliver on the EU’s strategic priorities, such as the Paris Agreement on climate change, and tackle global challenges that affect the quality of our daily lives.


  • The European Innovation Council: one-stop shop to bring the most promising ideas from lab to real world application and support the most innovative start-ups and companies to scale up their ideas. It will provide direct support to innovators through two main funding instruments, one for early stages and the other for development and market deployment.
  • EU-wide R&I missions: ambitious, bold goals to tackle issues that affect our daily lives. Examples could range from the fight against cancer, to clean transport or plastic-free oceans. They will be co-designed with citizens, stakeholders, the European Parliament and Member States.
  • Open Science will become the modus operandi of Horizon Europe. It will go beyond the open access policy of Horizon 2020 and require open access to publications, data, and to research data management plans.
  • A new generation of European Partnerships: Horizon Europe will streamline the number of partnerships that the EU co-programmes or co-funds with partners like industry, civil society and funding foundations.
  • Simpler rules: This will increase legal certainty and reduce administrative burden for beneficiaries and programme administrators.


The new programme will be implemented through three pillars:


Horizon Europe programme structure

Specific programme implementing Horizon Europe and EIT

Exclusive focus on civil applications

Pillar 1

Excellent Science

Pillar 2

Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness

Pillar 3

Innovative Europe

European Research Council

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

Research Infrastructures


Non-nuclear direct actions of the Joint Research Centre

European Innovation Council

European Innovation Ecosystems

European Institute of Innovation and Technology


 Part: Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area

Widening participation and spreading excellence  Reforming and enhancing the European Research and Innovation system

Specific programme: European Defence Fund

Exclusive focus on defence research and development
European Defence Fund website

 Complementary programme: Euratom Research and Training Programme

Focus on nuclear fusion and fission research and training
Euratom Research and Training Programme


Horizon Europe will incorporate research and innovation missions to increase the effectiveness of funding by pursuing clearly defined targets. The Commission has engaged policy experts to develop studies, case studies and reports on how a mission-oriented policy approach will work.

5 mission areas have been identified, each with a dedicated mission board and assembly. They will help specify, design and implement specific missions in Horizon Europe.


The Commission has published its proposal for Horizon Europe, legal framework, factsheets, reports and timeline, as part of the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework.

Various building blocks were taken into account including the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Lab-Fab-App report (informally the Lamy report), foresight studies and various other reports.