On 27 April, the European Parliament adopted the EU’s key research and innovation programme Horizon Europe for 2021-2027, with an overall budget of €95.5 billion.
The research programme secures short- and long-term financing for research and innovation relating to global challenges including digitalisation, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also provide support for innovative SMEs, European research infrastructure, and an additional €1 billion secured by the Parliament for basic research, which will be channelled through the European Research Council.
The programme was already provisionally put in place by the European Commission from 1 January 2021.
Horizon Europe comprises three pillars:
Associated countries can participate fully in the Horizon Europe programme. Armenia, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine were associated to the previous research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. Researchers from non-associate countries are also eligible for funding.
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