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Horizon Europe is the EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027) with a budget of €95.5 billion for a green, healthy, digital and inclusive Europe. It aims to build a knowledge- and innovation-based society and a competitive economy while at the same time contributing to sustainable development. Horizon Europe supports excellent science by teaming up with the best talent and equipping them with world-class infrastructures. Moreover, it supports breakthrough innovations and helps to create new services and markets. Research and innovation provide new knowledge and innovative solutions to overcome our societal, ecological, and economic challenges.

Compared to the previous Horizon 2020 program, there is a lot of continuity in Horizon Europe. The main novelties are the institutionalization of the European Innovation Council (EIC), the introduction of a "strategic planning process", the "missions" and a new approach to European Partnerships.

Horizon Europe is divided into 3 pillars: the first one keeps driving excellence science as in Horizon 2020, the second one tackles global challenges and European industrial competitiveness, and the third one is designed to foster the Union’s industrial competitiveness and its innovation performance.

The largest share of the overall budget will fund activities in the second pillar that tackle societal challenges, and reinforce technological and industrial capacities, ensure that Europe stays at the cutting-edge in strategically defined priorities. The second pillar contains 6 clusters that should incentivize Cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, cross-policy, and cross-border collaboration, including SSH & citizens engagement in pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals. 

The third pillar aims at stimulating market-creating breakthroughs and ecosystems conducive to innovation through 3 main components:

The horizontal activity widening and ERA has 2 components: it supports access to excellence for researchers across Europe, to foster participation and collaboration, while it promotes gender equality, open access, and open science, R&I integrity, and Ethics.


 Pillar I

Excellent Science

 Pillar II

Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness

Pillar III

Innovative Europe 


European Research Council

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

Research Infrastructures



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




Work programmes arising out from the Strategic Planning Process announce the specific research and innovation areas that will be funded. The calls for proposals, organized in the work programmes by destinations, are accessible through the one-stop-shop Funding and Tenders Portal. Each call gives more precise information on the research and innovation issues that you should address in your proposals. On the Funding and Tenders Portal of the European Commission, we advise you to use the filters available for your search:

  • Keywords
  • Submission Status (forthcoming, open, close)
  • By programme
  • Or by call for tender


Horizon Europe is a very large and complex program. This is why NCP Brussels is here to support you. Find out more about our services here.

Get in touch with your NCP Brussels thematic contact to help you identify the most suitable call for you!





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