As much as 35 per cent of the budget will be allocated to climate objectives to achieve green restructuring and sustainable value creation for companies, research institutions and public administration.

The programme is the ninth in a series of EU research and innovation programmes and succeeds Horizon 2020. An important innovation is the introduction of ambitious missions-oriented research and innovation assignments to solve selected major societal challenges.

Horizon Europe’s three pillars

Horizon Europe retains the three-pillar structure we are familiar with from Horizon 2020, but the content of each pillar will change somewhat.

1. Excellent science

Pillar 1 continues the ground-breaking and curiosity-driven research initiatives under the European Research Council (ERC), the mobility funding instruments under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and research infrastructure.

2. Global challenge and industrial competitiveness

Pillar 2 is organised into six wide-ranging clusters that continue initiatives from Horizon 2020 targeting societal challenges and industrial leadership (enabling technologies). Thematic research and innovation in collaboration projects are funded under Pillar 2.

It has been proposed to earmark more than half of Horizon Europe’s budget to Pillar 2. Initiatives in missions and partnerships will also be funded under this pillar.

3. Innovative Europe

The pillar Innovative Europe aims to bring Europe at the forefront of market-creating innovation and SME growth through the European Innovation Council (EIC). The pillar also supports the overall development of the European innovation landscape through the programme European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE). The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) promotes the integration of business, research, higher education and entrepreneurship.

Crosscutting part - WIDERA

In addition to the three main pillars, Horizon Europe consists of a crosscutting part (WIDERA) that will ensure wider participation and strengthening of the European Research Area (ERA).
The main content of the crosscutting part will also contribute to the dissemination of outstanding quality and reform and improve the European research and innovation system.

The Research Council's presentation of Horizon Europe (pdf in Norwegian).

What are "missions"?

The European Commission has identified five societal challenges that it wants concrete and ambitious solutions to by 2030. The social missions mean that research and innovation policy focuses even more on solving global challenges. By linking research and innovation more closely to political strategies, regulations and data services, solutions will be created faster than before.

Five social missions designated

European Partnerships in Horizon Europe. What is it?

A quarter of the funds in Horizon Europe go to partnerships. Through the partnerships, the European Commission enters into agreements whereby funds from the framework programmes will be used together with funds from member states or from the business sector. The bulk of the funds go to industry-oriented partnerships.

There are three types of partnerships: co-financed, agreement-based, and institutional. Calls for proposals from the partnerships represent great opportunities for Norwegian research groups and companies.

Norwegian participation in the EU Framework Program for R&D

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