On 7 June 2018 the European Commission published its proposal for Horizon Europethe next European framework programme for research and innovation (2021-2027), with funding amounting to 100 billion euro.
The new programme will continue to promote scientific excellence in Europe through the European Research Council (ERC) and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions with support and technical assistance from the Joint Research Centre (JRC), but will also aim to improve its communication strategies to underline the scientific, economic and social importance of the funded projects. 

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached in March and April 2019 a provisional agreement on Horizon Europe.The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement on 17 April 2019.

Structure and budget 



NEW: Council presidency reaches political agreement with the European Parliament (10/11/2020)

Key novelties


1. More impact

European Innovation Councila one-stop-shop for: 
-  helping innovators create markets of the future, leverage private finance, scale up their companies;
-  Innovation centric, risk taking & agile, proactive management and follow up.  
1.2. A new mission-oriented approach: a mission is a portfolio of actions across disciplines intended to achieve a bold and inspirational and measurable goal within a set timeframe, with impact for society and policy making as well as relevance for a significant part of the European population and wide range of European citizens.

2. More openness

2.1. Maximising the innovation potential across the EU: more funding and support to Member states that have not fully exploited their research and innovation potential. Synergies with structural and cohesion funds will facilitate the coordination and integration of funding, and regions will be more open to innovation.
2.2. Open science: the open science principle will be mainstreamed across the entire programme and will require open access to  publications and data. This will make it easier to disseminate results on the market and will strengthen the innovation potential of the results achieved with EU funding.
2.3. A new generation of objective-driven and more ambitious European partnerships in support of agreed EU policy objectives. 

3. Simplification: rules, models and funding options will be simplified to make the most of research outputs.

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  • Polo Città: citta.research [at] unitn.it

  • Polo Collina: collina.research [at] unitn.it

  • Polo Rovereto: rovereto.research [at] unitn.it