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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 – CALL FOR EXPERTS

Commission invites top experts to shape new research and innovation missions


The European Commission launched a call for experts to join ‘Mission Boards’, which will advise the Commission for the identification and implementation of missions in Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme.

These missions will be high-ambition, high profile initiatives, to find solutions to some of the major challenges faced by European citizens, with a clear target that captures the imagination of citizens at large.

There will be five ‘Mission Boards’, one for each of the following areas:

  1. Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation;
  2. Cancer;
  3. Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters;
  4. Climate-neutral and smart cities;
  5. Soil health and food.

The first task of the ‘Mission Boards’ will be to identify and design one or more specific missions for each of the mission areas, in consultation with stakeholders and citizens.

Missions will be implemented through a systemic approach, combining new knowledge and technology with a business model, finance, regulatory, governance, skills and social innovation.

The ‘Mission Boards’ will be comprised of high-level independent experts, who will help shape the missions including their respective objectives, indicators and timelines. The Commission is looking for individuals who can bring strategic skills and expertise, from across the spectrum of possible fields to support the work of the missions, and with profiles from industry, innovation and business; academia and research; policymakers and practitioners; end-users and key stakeholders.

The call for applications is available online. 



Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available. The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission within the framework provided by the Horizon 2020 legislation and through a strategic programming process integrating EU policy objectives in the priority setting.

Work Programme 2018 – 2020

A novelty in this work programme are the four mutually reinforcing Focus Areas that cut across the programme boundaries and are aligned to major policy priorities: Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future’ (LC); ‘Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy’ (CE)Digitising and transforming European industry and services‘ (DT); and Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union‘ (SU). Together these Focus Areas give a combined budget of over €7 billion (2018-2020). An overview of the new funding opportunities is provided in the introduction to the work programme 2018-2020 and accessible through dedicated search functions on the Participant Portal. In addition, a dedicated section brings together a spectrum of activities on next generation battery technologies to drive the transition towards a de-carbonised society.

This is the last work programme for Horizon 2020 and it puts in place a bridge to enable a smooth transition to any successor. This includes piloting new approaches, in particular, the European Innovation Council pilot and lump sum pilot.

More information about H2020 funding opportunities as well as an open and forthcoming last Calls for proposals are available on the new Funding & Tenders Portal


Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency call 2018-2020

Around €112 million of EU funding is now available for energy efficiency research, innovation and market uptake. The deadline for applications is 3rd September 2019.

On 12th March the 2019 call for proposals for the Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy topics of the Horizon 2020 EU funding programme was launched. The funding is available for proposals submitted under 16 topics addressing 5 main areas: buildings, industry, finance, public authorities and policy support and consumer and services.

The areas of funding of particular interest for the lighting industry included in this Call are related to the energy efficiency in buildings:

More information and main takeaways from the H2020 Energy Efficiency Info day are available here



The IoT4Industry project seeks to support EU growth and competitiveness through the development of a new cross-sectoral industrial value chain based on the integration and use of IoT and related components (Digital Security, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence…) into manufacturing tools, machines and robots, through the cross-border collaboration between SMEs and other RDI actors of the ICT and advanced manufacturing sectors.

The project will launch specific Calls for collaboration for Innovation Vouchers addressed to manufacturing SMEs in order to enable their access to IoT technologies and to accelerate the access to the market to new products and services provided by technology SMEs.

The IoT4Industry funding will be allocated through 2 calls for projects:

  • The first call is closed on December 20, 2018.
  • The second call is open and will close on June 11, 2019.

The call is focused on the application of IoT technologies in the manufacturing environment. It will finance small and market-oriented projects involving SMEs, consisting of the integration and the use of IoT technologies (including Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Security) into machines, robots, manufacturing tools, industrial processes, and factories environments.

Projects shall gather at least one entity representing the “IoT” side (technology offer) AND another entity representing the industry side (demand) which could be a machine or tool manufacturer or a factory, as shown in the figure below. At least one of these entities shall be a European SME.

Projects shall have a strong international dimension, involving entities from at least two different NUTS 1 regions of Europe and are expected to be innovative, i.e. going beyond the state-of-the-art in terms of technologies used and use cases addressed. A clear industrial application is expected involving a final customer/end user.

If the final user (industry/factory) is not involved in the consortium, applicants are invited to insert a letter of support of the final user telling that he/she is interested in implementing the solution in its factory.

Considering the available funding types for SMEs, depending on the type of collaborative project proposal of applicants, the IoT4Industry project can provide 3 different types of innovation vouchers:

Feasibility study Prototyping Demonstration / pilot
TRL of the envisaged project 4-5 6 7-8
Maximum amount granted per beneficiary (SME) 25 000 € 45 000 € 60 000 €
Maximum Lump sum per project type 50 000 € 90 000 € 120 000 €
Funding rate Lump sum
Time frame Up to 6 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months

For more specific information, please visit the IoT4Industry website: and the IoT4Industry CALL platform


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