Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2027 Horizon Europe Open!


The general objective of the Programme is to deliver scientific, technological, economic and societal impact from the Union's investments in R&I so as to strengthen the scientific and technological bases of the Union and foster the competitiveness of the Union in all Member States including in its industry, to deliver on the Union strategic priorities and to contribute to the realisation of Union objectives and policies, to tackle global challenges, including the SDGs by following the principles of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, and to strengthen the ERA. The Programme shall thus maximise Union added value by focusing on objectives and activities that cannot be effectively realised by Member States acting alone, but in cooperation.
The Programme has the following specific objectives:

  1. to develop, promote and advance scientific excellence, to support the creation and diffusion of high-quality new fundamental and applied knowledge, of skills, technologies and solutions, to support training and mobility of researchers, to attract talent at all levels and contribute to the full engagement of the Union's talent pool in actions supported under the Programme;
  2. to generate knowledge, strengthen the impact of R&I in developing, supporting and implementing Union policies and support the access to and uptake of innovative solutions in European industry, in particular SMEs, and in society to address global challenges, including climate change and the SDGs;
  3. to foster all forms of innovation, facilitate technological development, demonstration and knowledge and technology transfer, strengthen deployment and exploitation of innovative solutions;
  4. to optimise the Programme's delivery with a view to strengthening and increasing the impact and attractiveness of the ERA, to foster excellence-based participation from all Member States, including low R&I performing countries, in the Programme and to facilitate collaborative links in European R&I.


The Programme shall be structured in parts as follows, which contribute to the general and specific objectives:

  1. Pillar I 'Excellent Science', with the following components:
    1. the ERC;
    2. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA);
    3. research infrastructures;
  2. Pillar II 'Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness', with the following components, taking into account that SSH play an important role across all clusters:
    1. cluster 'Health';
    2. cluster 'Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society';
    3. cluster 'Civil Security for Society';
    4. cluster 'Digital, Industry and Space';
    5. cluster 'Climate, Energy and Mobility';
    6. cluster 'Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment';
    7. non-nuclear direct actions of the JRC;
  3. Pillar III 'Innovative Europe', with the following components:
    1. the EIC;
    2. European innovation ecosystems;
    3. the EIT;
  4. Part 'Widening Participation and Strengthening the ERA', with the following components:
    1. widening participation and spreading excellence;
    2. reforming and enhancing the European R&I System.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 94.076,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)