Horizon 2020


  • Financial European programme for research and innovation
  • Period: 2014 / 2020;
  • Started on January, the first 2014;
  • Total budget: 79B€;
  • Covers the innovation from idea to market, support commercialization of the results and creation of companies.

Main goals

  • Reinforce the European Position worldwide in research, innovation and technology;
  • Insure the competitiveness of Europe;
  • Reinforce the attractiveness of Europe in research;
  • Take into consideration the social issues (health, environment, clean energy…) and find appropriate solutions.

Three Priorities

Excellent science
Social challenges

Horizon EUROPE

Horizon Europe is a planned 7 year (2021 – 2027) EU scientific research initiative.

Main features:

  • Succession to the current Horizon 2020 Programme;
  • Considered as the most ambition research and innovation programme;
  • Ruled by regulations & new financial regulations;
  • Based on H2020 results and experts advice

 Will start on January 2021

The programme is expected to generate new and more knowledge and technologies, promoting scientific excellence, and to have positive effects on growth, trade and investment and significant social (including employment) and environmental impact BRING THE EUROPEAN UNION A PLUS VALUE
→ By giving priority to citizen’s concerns;
→ By boosting the Union productivity and competitiveness worldwide;
→ By bringing solutions to the modern challenges and society’s issues;
→ By strengthening the EU’s scientific and technological bases.

The structure of the programme is similar to the H2020 one: Three pillar structure; However, the content of each pillars will be changed and simplified and will allow interconnection and complementarity by underpinning activities.

Pillar 1: Open Science European Research Council Marie Curie Actions Research Infrastructures

Pillar 2: Global challenges and Industrial Competitiveness Clusters: Health – Inclusive and Secure Society – Digital & Industry – Climate, Energy & Mobility – Food and Natural Resources. Joint Research Centre

Pillar 3: Open Innovation European Innovation Council European Innovation Ecosystems European Institute of Innovation and Technology

The three pillars are also supported by another area: Strengthening the European Research Area, composed of “Sharing excellence” and “Reforming and Enhancing the EUropean R&I system”.


The final budget for Horizon Europe is still under negotiation but it is likely that the amount will be around the initial 94.1B€ proposed by the commission. Here is the division of the budget:
Pillar 1: 25.8B €
Pillar 2: 52.7B €
Pillar 3: 13.505B €
Strengthening the European Research Area: 2.1B €

  • 25% of the budget expenditure should contribute to climate objectives;
  • The total budget proposed is likely to be reconsidered in case of integration or not of new countries (Sweden, Israel, Norway lately) to the programme, and considering the current situation of UK.
  • The new budget will help reduce administrative cost, improve synergies with other programmes and help focus more on performance.
  • Budget will also be MODERN, SIMPLE and FLEXIBLE

  • Three-pillar programme structure, the simple funding model and the Participant Portal;
  • Simplification of the funding landscape: the approach to partnership;
  • The cost reimbursement scheme and real cost reimbursement system will be further simplified, → actual costs scheme for personnel costs: the distinction between basic and additional remuneration will be removed and the Horizon 2020 cap on the additional remuneration abolished;
  • Broader acceptance of the usual cost accounting practice: the unit cost for internally invoiced goods and services will make it possible to cover actual indirect costs calculated in accordance with the usual cost accounting practices;
  • Increased use of simplified cost options and NEW FORM OF COST: financing not linked to the costs, fulfilment of conditions or achievement of results;
  • An increased cross-reliance on audits to reduce the audit burden for beneficiaries taking part in several Union funding programmes;
  • The Participant Guarantee Fund (renamed Mutual Insurance Mechanism) will be extended to all forms of institutionalized partnerships.
  • An acceptance of the seal of excellence,
  • Maintaining key elements of the proposal evaluation and selection process, throughout all parts of Horizon Europe. A broader range of expertise will however be sought, in function of the scope of the calls, including expertise from user groups and civil society organizations.
  • The novelty of the missions-based approach will be to go from assessing excellence and impact only at the level of individual proposals, to also assessing how excellent proposals fit together as a portfolio.
  • Dissemination and exploitation: most provisions of the Horizon 2020 rules for participation and dissemination are maintained, with further improvements including reinforcing the focus on exploitation.

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