The Transition to Horizon Europe 2021-2027

By the beginning of 2021, there will be many changes to European programmes following the adoption of the new multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027. These changes refer to more than simple name changes of existing programmes, but they also affect their budget and objectives. Obviously, as Horizon Europe 2021-2027 is one of the critical European Programmes, it also needs further understanding.

What Changes for Horizon Europe 2021-2027?

Up to 2020, Horizon Europe was widely known as Horizon 2020 that served diligently European research and innovation between 2014-2027. This year, Horizon 2020 will become Horizon Europe 2021-2027 to directly relate to the newly adopted financial framework.

Furthermore, the adopted budget for Horizon Europe is significantly higher than the budget for the previous period. The new EU research and innovation Programme's budget will be around €95.5 billion for 2021-2027, which is roughly a 30% increase. Breaking down the budget includes €5.4 billion from NextGenerationEU and further reinforcement of €4.5 billion. The rise in the Horizon Europe budget highlights the hidden ambition behind the new Horizon Europe that will immediately seek to remediate the effects of COVID-19 and make Europe resilient through innovation.

Horizon Europe Pillars

Horizon Europe seeks to support the best European researchers and innovators in their fight to create a sustainable, resilient, and healthy Europe. The new Horizon Europe 2021-2027 Programme will assist the three pillars of:

  1. Excellent Science
  2. Global Challenges & European Industrial Competitiveness
  3. Innovative Europe

The support for scientific excellence will be provided through the European Research Council (ERC), The Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges, and the specific research of the Joint Research Centre.

The support for dealing with societal challenges and the reinforcement of the technological and industrial capacities will be given through thematic clusters. These clusters will deal with the full spectrum of global challenges and are the following:

  1. Health
  2. Culture, Creativity & Inclusive Society
  3. Civil Security for Society
  4. Digital, Industry & Space
  5. Climate, Energy & Mobility
  6. Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture & Environment

Each of the above clusters will be guided by the EU's missions. These missions set ambitious, quantifiable, and time-bound targets until 2030.

For the final pillar of "Innovative Europe," Horizon Europe 2021-2027 will introduce new features like the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the establishment of European Innovation Ecosystems. With a budget of over €10 billion, EIC will support the emerging innovations by SMEs, start-ups, and midcaps. Finally, the European Innovation Ecosystems will connect regional and national innovation actors.

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