Horizon Europe

What is it?

Horizon Europe is EU’s key Framework Program, which will run from 2021 until 2027, with a total budget of €95.5 billion.

The preliminary structure of the new programme is divided over 3 pillars and 1 horizontal focus area.

Excellent Sciences

  • European Research Council
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • Research Infrastructure

Global Challenges & European Industrial Competitiveness

  • Clusters
    • Health
    • Culture, Creativity, Inclusive Society
    • Civil Security for Society
    • Digital Industry & Space
    • Climate, Energy, Mobility
    • Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Environment
  • Joint Research Centre

Innovative Europe

  • European Innovative Council
  • Europen Innovation Ecosystems
  • European Institute of Innovation and Technology

Reforming and Enhancing
the European R&I System

Participation &
the European
Research Area

Widening Participation &
Spreading Excellence

Horizon Pillars

Horizon Europe Structure


Source horizon-eu.eu.

The Excellent Science Pillar aims to increase the EU’s global scientific competitiveness. It supports frontier research projects driven by top researchers through the European Research Council, funds fellowships for experienced researchers, doctoral training networks and exchanges through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, and invests in world-class research infrastructures.

The Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness Pillar supports research relating to societal challenges and reinforces technological and industrial capacities through clusters. It sets ambitious goals for EU missions. It also includes the Joint Research Centre which supports EU and national policymakers with independent scientific evidence and technical support.

The Innovative Europe Pillar aims to make Europe a frontrunner in market-creating innovation via the European Innovation Council. It also helps to develop the overall EU innovation landscape through the European Institute of Innovation and Technology which fosters integration of the knowledge triangle of education, research and innovation.

Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area (ERA) by increasing support to the EU Member States in their efforts to make the most of their national research and innovation potential, fostering closer collaborations and spreading excellence.


Horizon Europe Legal Documents

REGULATION (EU) 2021/695 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 28 April 2021 establishing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, laying down its rules for participation and dissemination, and repealing Regulations (EU) No 1290/2013 and (EU) No 1291/2013

Regulation (EU) 2021/695

COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2021/764 of 10 May 2021 establishing the Specific Programme implementing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and repealing Decision 2013/743/EU

Council Decision (EU) 2021/764