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The Commission has published its proposal for Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme that will succeed Horizon 2020.

The proposal was made as part of the EU’s proposal for the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF).

Various building blocks were taken into account including the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Lab-Fab-App report (informally the Lamy report), foresight studies and various other reports.

Pursuing a mission-oriented policy approach

Horizon Europe will incorporate policy missions to ensure the effectiveness of research and innovation funding by pursuing clearly defined targets.

The Commission has engaged policy experts to develop studies, case studies and reports on how a mission-oriented policy approach will work.

Reports and materials that shaped the proposal

Evaluating Horizon 2020

To make an effective proposal, the Commission built on what has been learned from Horizon 2020.

Mission-oriented policy

Future scenarios

Foresight study to prepare scenarios for future contexts of EU research and innovation policy.

Economic rationale

Analysis to set out the economic rationale for public R&I investments and their impact on growth and jobs carried out by the Commission.

Involving citizens in setting priorities for the next framework programme

Report by the Democratic Society on involving citizens in the next framework programme

Report of the high level group on the European Innovation Council

Europe is back: Accelerating breakthrough innovation recommendations on how a European Innovation Council (EIC) should be set up to fund and nurture breakthrough innovation.

Adoption timeline

  • 2 May 2018 the Commission adopts its proposal for the next EU long-term budget (MFF)
  • 7 June 2018 the Commission adopts its proposal for Horizon Europe
  • the Council and European Parliament negotiate and subsequently adopt the programme
  • Horizon Europe is launched on 1 January 2021

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UK participation in Horizon Europe

21-01-2021

As the United Kingdom is no longer an EU member state, the country’s participation in Horizon Europe has been clarified with the conclusion of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on 31 December 2020. The UK will continue to contribute financially to the programme and its researchers can still participate in projects.
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Horizon Europe webinar series

16-12-2020

Discover our thematic webinars on the different building blocks of Horizon Europe for the first months of 2021.
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Tips and tricks for stakeholders beginning with European R&I projects

11-12-2020

Discover the EU RDI Newcomers session and get more information about Horizon Europe and the first essential steps for a good start.
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Tips and tricks for stakeholders with advanced European R&I project experience

11-12-2020

The session looks at the evolution from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe and is tailored for advanced stakeholders with previous European R&I projects experience.
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"Participating in European programmes”

10-12-2020

With Horizon Europe, Luxembourg companies can apply to European calls for proposals, gain greater visibility and develop new international networks. Sanna Alaranta, Advisor - European R&D and Innovation Support at Luxinnovation, provides more information.
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