The European Commission announced that Iceland and Norway are the first countries to formally associate themselves with Horizon Europe countries. This means that existing entities in both countries will have access to the €95.5 billion budget of the most extensive European research and innovation programme for 2021-2027.
That is excellent news for the Horizon Europe programme and EU research. With expansions like these, the EU member states and Horizon Europe associated countries can deepen their cooperation in science, research and innovation on the existing EU research priorities: to support the green and digital transformation, public health, and Europe’s competitiveness.
Horizon Europe associated counties
Horizon Europe is the EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027) and helps realize Europe’s strategy for international cooperation. Expanding with more non-EU countries allows the EU to deal with global challenges and support its priorities more effectively.
Specifically, the entities from Horizon Europe associated countries will compete on equal grounds with the rest of Horizon Europe countries. That means that they will prepare and submit proposals to Horizon Europe calls and partner with other organizations.
But the interest in joining Horizon Europe is not limited to Iceland and Norway, and negotiations are still ongoing. In fact, Kosovo was the first country to finalize the Horizon Europe Association Negotiations but are delays in its national ratification and the Commission’s internal procedures.
Finally, more countries are expected to be soon associated with the Horizon Europe Programme. Other countries that had expressed their interest in joining Horizon Europe and are soon to finalize their negotiations are:
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- North Macedonia
Other possible future candidates to become Horizon Europe countries are:
- United Kingdom
- Faroe Islands
If you are interested to learn more about all the countries that are eligible to participate in Horizon Europe projects, you can read the list here.
Find your trusted Horizon Europe partners on EUcalls
The association of more countries with the Horizon Europe programme is good news for building partnerships for EU projects. The association of Iceland and Norway thus far means more opportunities to find a suitable partner for your Horizon Europe project needs.
If you are interested in the Horizon Europe programme and want to get started in EU funding, EUcalls is the best place. You can find hundreds of Horizon Europe calls for proposals and over 6000 EU partners to cooperate with and form your consortia on the platform.
Hundreds of organizations have already submitted their ideas or have declared their interest in specific Horizon Europe calls and are waiting to find reliable EU partners.
If your organization belongs to one of the Horizon Europe countries, you can start using EUcalls today for free for all your Horizon Europe project needs.