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Horizon Europe (2021-27)

Horizon Europe the successor to Horizon 2020, is the EU’s main research and innovation framework programme running from 2021-2027 with a budget of €95.5bn. 

Under the post-Brexit UK/EU trade deal, the UK will ‘associate’ to the EU research programme ‘Horizon Europe’ (2021-2027) on equivalent terms to EU Member States. The UK and EU need to formally adopt the association agreement once the EU Programme Regulations are finalised.

The European Commission’s Q&A document confirms UK entities are already eligible to apply for Horizon Europe calls.

UK researchers will be able to be a partner and lead Horizon Europe projects from the start. Be eligible for funding from the collaborative research and innovation schemes and ‘bottom up’ research schemes such as the European Research Council and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

The European Research Council (2021) work programme is the first programme under Horizon Europe to be approved and calls launched. The UK is eligible for these first ERC deadlines: Starting Grants is 8 April 2021 and Consolidator Grants is 20 April 2021.

It is expected that the remaining work programmes will be launched from April 2021 onwards and will cover the first 2 calendar years of Horizon Europe.

Horizon Europe has three pillars:

  • Pillar I: ‘Excellent Science’ includes a number of schemes: European Research Council (ERC) supporting investigator-driven, excellent frontier research projects; Marie Skłodowska-Curie funding for postdoctoral fellowships, doctoral training and mobility of researchers, and research infrastructures scheme.
  • Pillar II: ‘Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness’ supports collaborative research via 6 Clusters: (health, culture, civil security, digital, climate/energy, food/bioeconomy) each cluster has a biannual work programme (still to be launched) with policy-driven call topics. It also has five EU missions with ambitious goals.
  • Pillar III: ‘Innovative Europe’ aims to make Europe a frontrunner in market-creating innovation and SME growth through the European Innovation Council funding, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) schemes to foster the integration of business, research, higher education and entrepreneurship.

‘Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area’ underpins the whole of Horizon Europe to support national research and innovation potential and help low R&I performing Member States to participate better in Horizon Europe.

The EC’s Funding & Tenders portal is the key portal for publication of Horizon Europe calls for funding and submissions once the EU programmes have been adopted.

Horizon 2020 (2014-2020)

Horizon 2020 was the previous EU’s main funding programme for research and innovation under the period 2014-2020 to support (interdisciplinary) collaborative research, as well as investigator-driven research and the mobility of researchers. H2020 calls have now closed. As per the Withdrawal Agreement, UK participation in EU programmes under the period 2014-2020remain unchanged. This means that successful UK participants will still be awarded ‘Horizon 2020’ funding and be paid by the EC for the project’s full duration.

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