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Horizon Europe: the path of innovation and research

01 Feb · 10h30

Horizon Europe is the most significant programme developing scientific and technological research in the European Union. This initiative was developed and negotiated by the European institutions, following on from Horizon 2020 which ran from 2014 to 2020.


The programme has a budget of 95.4 billion euros, to be spent over the period from 2021 to 2027. Horizon Europe will be presented this Tuesday, 2 February, in an online conference streamed live from Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon, as part of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


Horizon Europe is supported on three pillars:

1. Excellent Science

Development of quality skills and knowledge in order to boost the European Union's scientific leadership, involving all European regions and citizens. Creation of new markets, working conditions and skills, especially in sectors hardest hit by the pandemic.


2. Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness

Natural resources, mobility, food, digital media and energy are some of the fields that can expect research to be stepped up into the challenges they face, and into the associated industrial technologies. It is in this pillar that new partnerships are envisaged with a view to achieving carbon neutrality.


3. Innovative and inclusive Europe

Encouragement will be provided for the creation of new career paths related to research, in the public and private sectors, making these careers more inclusive, in particular for women and minorities. Research and recruitment ecosystems will also be fostered, in order to train and retain talent in Europe. Other objectives include cooperation between national funding agencies and the European Commission, also contributing to efforts to create networks of European universities.


The European Union wants to maintain its lead in innovation and research. Strengthening these sectors means boosting our response to global challenges in areas such as the environment, health, the social pillar or the economy.


Learn more:

Horizon Europe in the PERIN network (Portugal in Europe – Research and Innovation Network)

Horizon Europe explained by the European Commission

The role of the Council of the European Union in approving the programme