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HORIZON EUROPE – The next EU research and innovation framework programme 2021-2027

The Commission has published its proposal for Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme that will succeed Horizon 2020. The proposal was made as part of the EU’s proposal for the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF).

The EU institutions reached a provisional agreement on Horizon Europe on 20 March 2019. The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement on 17 April 2019.


Horizon Europe is proposed as the most ambitious research and innovation funding programme ever. It will continue to drive Europe’s scientific excellence through the European Research Council and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges and draw on the scientific advice, technical support and dedicated research of the Joint Research Centre (JRC). And it will add a new level of ambition and boost the scientific, economic and societal impact of EU funding.

  • The European Innovation Council: a one-stop-shop to bring the most promising ideas from lab to real-world application and support the most innovative start-ups and companies to scale up their ideas. It will provide direct support to innovators through two main funding instruments, one for early stages and the other for development and market deployment.
  • EU-wide R&I missions: ambitious, bold goals to tackle issues that affect our daily lives. Examples could range from the fight against cancer, to clean transport or plastic-free oceans. They will be co-designed with citizens, stakeholders, the European Parliament and the Member States.
  • Open Science will become the modus operandi of Horizon Europe. It will go beyond the open access policy of Horizon 2020 and require open access to publications, data, and to research data management plans.
  • A new generation of European Partnerships: Horizon Europe will streamline the number of partnerships that the EU co-programmes or co-funds with partners like industry, civil society and funding foundations.
  • Simpler rules: This will increase legal certainty and reduce the administrative burden for beneficiaries and programme administrators.

Horizon Europe will be implemented through three pillars:

More information about HORIZON EUROPE are available here

Horizon Europe – INNOSUP-01-2018-2020

Call for proposals for cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains is now open!

DEADLINE 15 APRIL 2020 (1° stage) & 08 September 2020 (2° stage)

Opened on November 7, the INNOSUP-01-2018-2020 call for proposals for cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains has an allocated budget of 25.150.000 EUR and aims at developing new cross-sectoral industrial value chains across the EU, by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs.

The action promotes cross-border and cross-sectoral collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship across different regions and value chains, and seeks proposals that focus on integrating and supporting groups of SMEs in collaboration with other innovation actors when addressing specific problems and challenges.

Call name: For a better innovation support to SMEs | Call ID: H2020-INNOSUP-2018-2020



C-VoUCHER will support 66 SMEs in their transition from linear value chains (cradle to waste) towards circular models (cradle to cradle®)

The project’s support for the European SMEs with a total value of €4.2 million will offer €1.4 million direct vouchers to companies (to be spent on technology implementation) and €2.8 million in additional services.

24 SMEs will be awarded access to the ‘Circularity Programme’ – an acceleration program lasting up to 9 months with up to €60k vouchers and dedicated services from high-level Designers-in-Residence and top business professionals (mentors) who will guide them along the program to design new, circularity solutions.

Further 42 SMEs will be selected for the ‘Value Chain Replication Program’, obtaining €15k to create circular feasibility plans. This program will last for 3 months.

This will be implemented by two programs supporting European SMEs in new business models:

The Circularity Program and the Circularity Value Replication Program

  • Circularity Program

This 9 months program will help Circularity SMEs reach “Circularity Solutions”. It offers:

  • Support services from a Designer-in-Residence (DiR) and business mentors to plan a Circular Solution Predefinition, and
  • Innovation vouchers of up to €58k per SME – to interact with disruptors for the take up of “enabling technologies” in the frame of Circular Economy Building Blocks.

Up to 24 Classic SMEs will be selected through 2 Open Calls to take part in a previous Prototype-athon, and the best 12 best will be invited to the Circularity Program to create new solutions.

  • Circularity Value Replication Program

This 3 months program aims at Adopter SMEs willing to incorporate or get inspired by the Circularity Solutions developed. It offers designers in residence professional services to define their own road map and incorporate those solutions in their processes (Feasibility Plan).

42 adopter SMEs that will take part in the program will be selected through 2 Open Calls and will be supported up to  €15k per Adopter

For more specific information, please visit the C-Voucher website