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The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 will come to an end in 2020. In June 2018 the European Commission presented the proposal for the new European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2021-2027, Horizon Europe.

The proposed allocation of funds amounts to € 95,5 billion and makes Horizon Europe the most ambitious of the framework programmes adopted so far by the European Commission.

Objectives and new features. The European Commission strategic plan sets out four strategic orientations for research and innovation investments under Horizon Europe for the next four years:

  • Promoting an open strategic autonomy by leading the development of key digital, enabling and emerging technologies, sectors and value chains;
  • Restoring Europe's ecosystems and biodiversity, and managing sustainably natural resources;
  • Making Europe the first digitally enabled circular, climate-neutral and sustainable economy;
  • Creating a more resilient, inclusive and democratic European society.
Compared to Horizon 2020, the innovative elements can be summarized as follows:
  • European Innovation Council, to support pioneering innovations
  • R&I missions, to exert a greater impact through mission orientation and community involvement
  • Open science policy, to strengthen openness
  • New approach to partnerships, to rationalize the funding situation
  • Simplification of applicable rules

The new framework programme will therefore be inspired by a new organizational principle based on missions, an approach that is aimed at pursuing defined objectives, with specific targets to be reached within well-defined time limits. The European Commission thus aims to facilitate the visibility of European funding for research and innovation (R&I) among its citizens and to maximize the impact of investments.

The structure proposed for Horizon Europe includes three pillars (open science, global challenges and industrial competitiveness, open innovation) and a specific programme: to consolidate the European research area.

Timeline. After the presentation of the program by the European Commission on 7 June 2018, the Council and the European Parliament approved the proposal on 30 November 2018 and 17 April 2019 respectively. Negotiations have ended in spring 2021 and the Horizon Europe programme has been officially launched on 22nd June 2021.

Info. Horizon Europe and Obiettivo FP9 by the Italian Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE) websites. Consult also Horizon Europe Fact Sheet.


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