Although we still have 2 years remaining in Horizon 2020, the European Commission are already looking to the future and the next Framework Programme. On 7 June 2018 the European Commission published its proposal for the successor to Horizon 2020 (Horizon Europe).
Horizon Europe will be the follow-up programme to Horizon 2020. Horizon Europe will run from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2027 and will fund research, technological and innovation activities.
The aim of Horizon Europe is to strengthen the EU’s scientific and technological base, foster the EU’s competitiveness and its innovation performance, as well as deliver on the EU’s strategic priorities and tackle global challenges.
The structure of Horizon Europe will be similar to Horizon 2020 to ensure consistency between the programmes. Like Horizon 2020, it will be divided into 3 main pillars, although the names have changed slightly. Open Science; Global Challenges; and Open Innovation.
The Commission’s proposals will be negotiated in a trialogue between the European Commission, European Parliament and European Council during 2018 and 2019. The final agreed structure for Horizon Europe is expected to be published in the last quarter of 2020, in advance of the official start of the programme on 1 January 2021.