The commission launches the main research and innovation missions: Cancer, Climate, Oceans and Soil

On July 4, the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, officially launched the five European research and innovation missions that will be part of Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation framework program. Inspired by the mission of Apollo 11 to take man to the moon, the European research and development missions aim to offer solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing our world, such as cancer, climate change, clean oceans, climate change and healthy soil and food.

The missions are one of the main novelties of Horizon Europe. By addressing important social challenges, such as cancer and climate change, through ambitious but realistic research and innovation activities, citizens will be able to see how the EU can make a real difference in their lives and in society in general.

The five current mission areas were identified during the negotiations of the Horizon Europe program and to reduce the five broad areas of the mission, the European Commission has created a board by mission. Each mission will consist of 15 experts, including the president. After a selection process, with more than 2100 applications, the five boards will be composed of highly motivated and creative experts including academics, innovators, civil society, industry, finance and end users. The Commission expects to announce the full composition of the mission boards by the end of July 2019.

By the end of 2019, the boards will identify the first specific missions, defining an objective and a specific time line. The boards will have the opportunity to discuss with citizens, stakeholders and experts from the Member States at the first European Conference on Research and Innovation in Brussels, which will take place from 24 to 26 September 2019.

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