Publication of Horizon Europe – Strategic Planning – Summer 2019

On 1 July 2019 the European Commission published the first outline document for Horizon Europe – Strategic Planning – Summer 2019. The document is a plan for implementing Horizon Europe, the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021 –2027, setting out the overall priorities for the €94.1 billion programme, to inform the interested stakeholders and stimulate a co-design process.


Horizon Europe will be based on two legal acts:

  • The Framework Programme laying down its overall structure, the rules for participation and dissemination and carving up the budget. Both the Parliament and the Council need to commonly agree on this part.
  • The Specific Programme setting out thematic clusters and the broad lines of action for future research and innovation activities.


The 1st Strategic Plan will facilitate the implementation of Horizon Europe by acting as a bridge between the Specific Programme and the future, multiannual Work Programmes that will contain the calls and topics from 2021 to 2024 to which interested parties can apply.


The Strategic Plan sets out key strategic orientations for the support to research and innovation, including a description of targeted impacts, cross-cluster issues and intervention areas covered and identifies missions and European Partnerships.


The planning process will also include close coordination and synergy with the planning of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and consider the balance of research and innovation activities, so to promote technological, non-technological and social innovation as appropriate in view of the targeted impact.


At a later stage, the strategic planning process will address synergies between Horizon Europe and other Union programmes thus becoming a point of reference for research and innovation in all related programmes across the EU budget and non-funding instruments.


It will also provide the framework for linking the direct actions of the Joint Research Centre and other actions supported under Horizon Europe, including the use of results and data for support to policy.


This document has been the subject of extensive exchanges with the Member States and is not the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan or its draft, but a starting point for debate and new ideas during the co-design process, including the public consultation open until the beginning of September 2019.


The co-design process will also include the debates during the European Research and Innovation Days in Brussels from 24 to 26 September 2019.


A dedicated implementation strategy is expected to be finalised at the end of 2019, timed in conjunction with the adoption of the Strategic Plan. An implementation strategy to be prepared later in the year, will be the subject of a separate consultation and cover the organisation of calls, evaluation of proposals, grant agreements and project management.



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