On 20th of March, the three European institutions – the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council of the European Union reached a partial political agreement on Horizon Europe Programme, the EU’s next research funding programme.
The three negotiating institutions will only be able to formally approve the Horizon Europe programme when they have agreed on the next MFF budget, which covers funding for the Horizon Europe programme.
The Horizon Europe budget issues will be
discussed only after the European Elections, so an update on the grants allocated will be available at the end of 2019.
This is because the final budget of Horizon
Europe Programme is pending on the final agreement between the Council and the
Parliament on MFF 2021-2027 which will not be agreed on before the Autumn.
The Commission is already working on the implementation of Horizon Europe programme in order to have the first draft work programmes published in time for the programme’s launch on 1 January 2021. That being the case, it should be kept in mind that budget negotiations usually sow discord between the European institutions.
Horizon Europe is the Union’s flagship programme to support research and innovation (R&I) from concept to market uptake. It aims to complement national and regional funding, to strengthen science and technology, to foster industrial competitiveness, and to implement sustainable development goals in the EU. Horizon Europe will introduce new features such as the European Innovation Council, missions to promote research results, and new forms of partnerships.