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Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the European Union's ambitious Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027). It started on 1st of January 2021 and aims at:

  • strengthening the scientific and technological bases of the EU and the European Research Area (ERA);
  • improving innovation capacity, competitiveness and employment in Europe;
  • achieving the priority objectives for citizens and supporting the socio-economic model and the human and social values of Europe.

The programme consists of 3 priority pillars:

  1. Excellent Science: the first pillar aims at funding excellence in European research, by the means of the European Research Council (ERC), the Marie-Curie Actions and the development of appropriate infrastructures;
  2. Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, whose actions are divided into six thematic clusters;
  3. Innovative Europe: the third pillar focuses on supporting innovative realities that put cooperation with the business world first through the European Innovation Council (EIC), the European Innovation Ecosystems and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIIT).

In addition to the three main pillars, two cross-cutting priorities have also been outlined. They are aimed at broadening participation and strengthening the European Research Area.

The 2021-2022 work programmes and references to open calls can be found in sections below.

The first pillar of Horizon Europe is dedicated to Excellent Science, and aims at strengthening and promoting excellence in European research through three instruments:

  1. European Research Council: funds excellent researchers carrying out frontier research in EU countries or countries associated with Horizon Europe.

Work programme 2022  
Open calls:

  1. Marie Curie Slodowska Actions: supports the mobility of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and academic staff.

Work programme 2021-2022  
Open calls: urly.it/3f7_3

  1. Research Infrastructures: finances European research infrastructures in order to make them more interconnected and accessible. 

Work programme 2021-2022  
Open calls: urly.it/3f7_4

The second pillar aims at promoting key technologies and solutions in support of EU policies and sustainable development objectives. The six clusters represent the most relevant challenges for the Union over the next seven years.

Clusters

  1. Health: the main objective is to coordinate the area of health at European level to develop the necessary tools to provide a common response to health crises. 

Work programme 2021-2022  
Open callsurly.it/3fh6v

  1. Culture, Creativity and inclusive society: the actions promoted by Cluster 2 aim at strengthening democratic governance and citizen participation, with a focus on safeguarding and promoting Europe's cultural heritage. 

Work programme 2021-2022  
Open calls: urly.it/3f7_f

  1. Civil security for society: the overall objective is to implement the EU's political priorities on security as response to terrorist threats, cyber attacks and disaster risk.

Work programme 2021-2022  
Open calls: urly.it/3f7_h

  1. Digital, industry and space: the aim is to achieve, through targeted investment, competitive and reliable technologies for a European industry capable of global leadership in key sectors, such as space. 

Work programme 2021-2022  
Open calls: urly.it/3g3v8 

  1. Climate, energy and mobility: the main aim is to promote the fight against climate change combined with the need to increase European competitiveness in the energy and mobility sectors, leading to climate neutrality.. 

Work programme 2021-2022  
Open calls: urly.it/3f7_k

  1. Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment: Cluster 6 aims to reduce environmental degradation, reverse biodiversity decline and improve the economic and social management of natural resources in urban and rural areas.

Work programme 2021-2022  
Open callsurly.it/3fh5c

The third pillar of Horizon Europe is dedicated to Innovative Europe, and consists of three instruments:

  1. European Innovation Council: supports the creation of innovative technologies from the R&D phase to the implementation by the means of three development schemes: Pathfinder, Transition and Accelerator.

Work programme 2021  
Open calls: urly.it/3f7_q

  1. European Innovation Ecosystems: the aim is to establish interconnected ecosystems for innovation across Europe to enable the involvement of local, regional and national levels.

Work programme 2021-2022  
Open calls: urly.it/3f7_s

  1. European Institute of Innovation and Technology: geared towards supporting entrepreneurship in Europe, it focuses mainly on the 8 Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), where academic and business fields work together.

Opportunities: https://eit.europa.eu/our-activities/opportunities

Horizon Europe also includes two horizontal priorities, in addition to the three pillars, oriented towards broadening participation and strengthening the European Research Area. 

  1. Widening participation and spreading excellence, focused on international collaboration.

    Work programme 2021-2022  
    Open calls: urly.it/3f7_x

  2. Reforming and enhancing the European Research and Innovation system

Work programme 2021-2022