Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe (2021–2027) is the ninth European Union framework programme for funding research and innovation. With the indicative budget of €95,5 billion, the programme brings together a range of European Commission funding measures and is mainly implemented through calls for proposals.

The bases and the main focus of the new framework programme is climate change and digital transformation in the context of more general big societal changes. Its most important starting points are  the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the European Green Deal. The components and structure of the Horizon Europe are based on the previous Research and Innovation Framework Programmes, in particular the recent Horizon 2020 (2014–2020).

For more information see the Horizon Europe page at the EC website.

Horizon Europe funds different types of collaborative projects including, for example:

  • Research and innovation action (RIA) that establishes new knowledge or explores a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution. The EU funding covers up to 100% of the project costs.
  • Innovation action (IA) that produces plans or designs for new or improved products, processes or services including prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication. The EU funding covers up to 70% of the project costs.
  • Coordination and support action (CSA) that improve cooperation among EU and associated countries to strengthen the European Research Area including, for example, standardisation, dissemination, awareness-raising, communication and networking activities, policy dialogues, mutual learning or studies. The EU funding covers up to 100% of the project costs.
  • Programme co-fund action (COFUND) that provides multi-annual co-funding for European partnerships bringing together public and private partners. The EU funding covers between 30 and 70% of the project costs. (European Research Executive Agency)

All funding information and procedures on how to apply can be found at the Funding and Tenders Portal.

Horizon Europe contacts at the Estonian Research Council