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Horizon Europe

27 projects taking place in the OCTs / 15 organisations


Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the new EU programme for research and innovation and successor of Horizon 2020 that will run from 2021 until 2027.

Eligibility of OCTs

In principle, persons and entities established in OCTs are eligible for funding like any other EU Member State (Recital 33). Nevertheless, it is advised to check the requirements of specific calls, as certain actions might be addressed at specific regions and exclude the OCTs.

Key facts of the programme

Horizon Europe will be implemented through 3 pillars:

  • Pillar 1 Open Science will continue supporting ‘excellence science’ like under Horizon 2020.
  • Pillar 2 Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness will take forward the societal challenges and industrial technologies. This is a significant change compared to Horizon 2020
    • ‘Industrial leadership’ and ‘societal challenges’ used to be two separate pillars.
    • The 7 societal challenges of Horizon 2020 have been regrouped into 5 ‘clusters’.
  • Pillar 3 Open Innovation will make Europe a frontrunner in market-creating innovation. The European Innovation Council which offers a one-stop shop to high-potential innovators will be made permanent.

A specific new programme line Strengthening the European Research Area is added to fully exploit the potential in less R&I performing countries and cover the next generation of the Policy Support Facility.

Relevance of programme for OCTs

Horizon Europe can provide excellent opportunities to collaborate with other European countries to develop projects in relevant fields, such as environment or energy transition.

The researcher focused programme Marie Sklodowska-Curie also brings further opportunities for local OCT researchers.

How is the programme managed ?

The programme management is centralised at European level by the Directorate-General Research and Innovation (DG RTD).

Information on ongoing and upcoming calls: Funding & Tender portal