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Innovation funding

Horizon Europe

Grant scheme for research and development in Europe

If your company or knowledge institution is engaged in international research, technology development and/or innovation, you may be eligible for Horizon Europe funding.

Horizon Europe 2021-2027

As from 2021, the European Commission will start with the implementation of Horizon Europe; the grant scheme which will replace Horizon 2020 and which is characterized by very ambitious objectives.  Just look at the budget of €100 billion! Do you wish to invest in research and development within Europe? Below we give a brief outline of the scheme.

Objective Horizon Europe

In the past years, Horizon 2020 has been a very successful grant scheme. And the European Commission wishes to continue the programme. Its successor Horizon Europe aims at stimulating science and innovation in order to enhance Europe’s competitiveness. The scheme is based on three pillars and additionally it includes a horizontal section. The latter focusses on optimizing the impact of all projects that will be executed with support from Horizon Europe.

Three pillars Horizon Europe

Excellent science

This pillar aims to bring science in Europe to the highest level and maintain it at the top. Moreover, Europe should become ‘the place to be’ for the world’s top researchers. The pillar will consist of three sections:

  • The European Research Council (ERC) grants for ground-breaking research
  • Support from the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) in order to stimulate the mobility and training of researchers
  • Support for reinforcement of research infrastructures, both in the area of quality as well as accessibility.

Global challenges and European Industrial competitiveness

This pillar will focus on addressing global issues and enhancement of the competition within six clusters:

  1. Health
  2. Culture, Creativity and Inclusive society
  3. Civil Security for Society
  4. Digital, Industry and Space
  5. Climate, Energy and Mobility
  6. Food, Bioeconomy, Natural resources, Agriculture and Environment

Innovative Europe

This pillar will focus on enhancing an innovative climate within Europe, resulting in an increased and strengthened European competitiveness. For this purpose, the pillar is supported by the European Innovation Council (EIC), a European grant for SMAs. The EIC targets two components:

  1. Innovations with a low technology readiness level (TLR);
  2. Innovations with a high technology readiness level.

Additionally, the third pillar will target European innovative eco systems. The aim is to reinforce those systems and connect innovation actors with each other.

Horizontal section

The horizontal pillar will focus on Widening Participation, throughout the entire Horizon Europe program. The aim of this pillar is to widen the participation in Horizon Europe throughout the entire continent and improve the participation of low R&I performing Member States in Horizon Europe.

Horizon Europe

Source: European Commission

Horizon Europe: five missions

Alongside the three pillars, Horizon Europe has five missions. These missions should safeguard the effectiveness of Horizon Europe and focus on finding solutions for the greatest challenges we are currently facing worldwide:

  1. Adaptation to climate change
  2. Cancer research
  3. Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters
  4. Building climate-neutral and smart cities
  5. Ensuring Health, Soil and Food.

Do you wish to know more?

From 2021 to 2027, Horizon Europe will support a variety of stakeholders, including entrepreneurs, and offer them many interesting opportunities. There will be various moments of applications for funding. More information will follow soon. Would you like to know what Horizon Europe could offer you? Then please contact Roy Hoven, manager Subsidiefocus, by calling +31 (0)73-6465475 or send Roy an email



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