Horizonte Europa, the new European Framework Program for R + D + i with the largest budget in history

From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe, the new European Framework Program for R + D + i for the period 2021-2027 that aims to collect the successes of the past, looking towards the future, with the highest budgetary allocation in history.


On May 2, the European Commission (EC) published the Multiannual Financial Framework, also known as MMF for the period 2021-2027 to which it intends to allocate around 114,000 million euros.

Despite the existing fears about the impact that Brexit could have on the Horizon Europe budget, the European Commission has proposed to increase the Research and Innovation budget. Almost 86% of this investment, 97,600 million euros, will be directed to research and innovation within the new Framework Program called “Horizon Europe” and that will happen to the current Horizon 2020. It is the largest budget of a financing program of the I + D + i

The program aims to be a continuation of the success of the previous one and build bridges between the past and the future of research and innovation in Europe. For this, it will continue to be structured around three pillars, although with conceptual changes of draft:

Open Science pillar: whose objective is to support researchers through scholarships and exchanges as well as financing projects that have been defined and led by themselves. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and the calls belonging to the European Research Council (ERC) will be included in this pillar.

Global Challenges pillar: directly supports research related to social challenges, establishing missions across the EU with ambitious objectives around issues that concern us on a daily basis, such as the fight against cancer, sustainable mobility and a free ocean of plastic. Industrial leadership will be prominent within this pillar and throughout the program.

Open Innovation pillar: The pillar of open innovation aims to make Europe a benchmark in innovation aimed at creating new markets. The newly created European Innovation Council (EIC) will offer a one stop shop for high-potential and cutting-edge technologies and innovative companies with the potential to scale.

Continuista is also the process of simplifying the participation rules for beneficiaries initiated at the beginning of H2020.


InvestEU provides the EU guarantee to mobilize public and private financing in the form of loans, guarantees, capital or other market instruments, to strategic investments in support of research and development through an investment window. With a contribution from the EU budget of 200 million euros, InvestEU will mobilize more than 650 billion euros of additional investment throughout Europe.

The EU’s cohesion policy plays an important role in the European funds for research and innovation through a greater focus on innovation strategies and smart specialization (RIS3). The “Seal of Excellence” allows projects successfully evaluated within the framework of Horizon Europe to be financed at the regional level within the framework of the European Structural and Investment Funds.

The new European Defense Fund, with a general budget of € 000 million, will boost Europe’s ability to protect and defend its citizens. It will offer EU-funded grants for collaborative projects that address emerging issues and future defense and security threats as well as technology gaps.

ITER, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, is the first long-term project to build and operate a reactor to test the feasibility of fusion as a source of energy. You will be allocated 6 billion euros.

The Euratom research and training program will continue to finance research and training on the safety of nuclear power production.

The new Digital Europe Program, with 200 million euros, will aim to bring the benefits of digital transformation to all European citizens and businesses. The program will boost high-end investments in high performance related to computer and data management, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and advanced digital skills. It will promote a large-scale deployment of digital technologies in all economic sectors and support the digital transformation of services and businesses.


Multiannual financial framework: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-3570_en.htm

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