The EU's funding program for research and innovation

On June 15, 2021, the official starting signal was given for the new EU research framework programme Horizon Europe, which, as the successor to Horizon 2020, will cover the entire chain from basic research to innovation to the market with a volume of almost 100 billion euros in the period 2021 to 2027. Horizon Europe aims to make Europe greener and more digital, as well as more innovative, resilient and participatory.

The programme includes:

The Research Service provides advice and support on questions related to application and project implementation.


MSCA announces updated submission deadlines for the 2024 calls:

The updated Horizon Europe Work Programme 2023–2025 will be published in spring 2024 (expected in early April). Some calls for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) in Pillar 1 will have different submission deadlines than in the current 2023–2024 work programme. The MSCA budget for 2024 is more than 1.23 billion euros.
Further information on the calls and deadlines can be found here.

Canada joins Horizon Europe:

After the association agreement on New Zealand's accession to Horizon Europe was signed in summer 2023, the association of the second country that is not in geographical proximity to Europe is now imminent: The conclusion of negotiations on Canada's association with Horizon Europe was announced in November 2023 and the signing of the agreement is planned for mid-2024. This will enable researchers and organisations from Canada, as well, to participate in Pillar 2 of Horizon Europe on equal terms with institutions from EU member states.

  •  Further information on the association of Canada can be found here.
  •  Current information on the association status of other third countries can be found on the EU Commission's website.

Hungary: Eligibility of some universities and institutions for Horizon Europe restricted:

As of December 15, 2022, due to Hungary's violations of the fundamental principle of the rule of law, it is no longer possible to conclude Horizon Europe grant agreements with institutions covered by the Academia Act adopted in 2019 or administered through the foundation model established above it. This includes 21 higher education institutions that are now ineligible for Horizon Europe grants. For more information, click here.

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General Information

♦ The following pages provide detailed information on individual and collaborative research in the EU funding programme Horizon Europe:

  • European Commission (here)
  • Online guide to the Funding and Tender Portal, from proposal preparation and submission to reporting on your ongoing project (here)
  • "Funding and Tender Portal" for calls for proposals (here)
  • European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi) (here)
  • Portal of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (here) (German only)
  • National Contact Points (NKS) (here) (German only)

♦ National and regional measures for proposal support can be found on the following sites:

  • Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK) (here) (German only)
  • BMBF (here) (German only)

Events – Webinars

On the websites of the EU Office (BMBF) (German only) and the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KOWI) you will find a comprehensive calendar of events with information and training opportunities.

Selected events

♦ Weekly webinar series of the Cooperation Centre EU of the science organizations (KoWi) on "Horizon Europe: Collaborative Research In a Nutshell":

  • This series of events will highlight different aspects of preparing project proposals in the thematic clusters of Horizon Europe in short weekly online seminars. The aim is to present specific elements of proposal preparation in detail. The webinars are aimed at scientists and science managers at German universities, research institutes and other public institutions. They can be followed independently and will be held in English. The registration link and further information can be found here.

    Strategic Preparation and Network Building for Involvement in Horizon Europe: Thursday, 8 Feb. 2024, 13.30
    Time Planning for Proposal Preparation: Thursday, 15 Feb. 2024, 13.30
    How to Read a Call Topic: Thursday, 22 Feb. 2024, 13.30
    Proposal Template and Evaluation: Thursday, 29 Feb. 2024, 13.30
    Impact in Horizon Europe: Thursday, 7 March 2024, 13.30
    Budget planning: Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 13.30

♦ Online seminar of the Cooperation Centre EU of science organisations (KoWi) on "Project Management in Horizon Europe":

  • On 5 and 7 March 2024 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, the online seminar entitled "Auf geht's zum neuen Horizont! – Grundlagen des Projektmanagements in Horizon Europe" ("Let's go to the new horizon! – The basics of project management in Horizon Europe") will take place.
    The event focusses on presenting the basic rules of administrative and financial project management in Horizon Europe. The discussion of relevant contractual documents such as the Grant Agreement and the Consortium Agreement as well as the explanation of cost calculation and reimbursement in the most important programme lines and project types are at the core of this event. Registration for the seminar is already open.

♦ Online seminar of the Contact Point Women in EU Research on "ABC of Proposal Submission":

  • The online event "ABC der Antragstellung" ("ABC of Proposal Submission") is offered by the Contact Point Women into EU Research (FiF) on 19 March 2024 for potential female applicants in all areas of Horizon Europe and will take place from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.
    Information on the structure of a Horizon Europe application will be provided as well as tips and advice on submitting applications, especially for collaborative research projects. The event focusses on gender aspects, which will be treated as a cross-cutting topic throughout. Registration is now open.

♦ European Research & Innovation Days 2024 for Horizon Europe:

  • On March 20 and 21, 2024, the European Commission will host the annual Research & Innovation Days – both face-to-face in Brussels and online – to discuss and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond with policy makers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public. More information about the program, sessions and speakers will be available here soon.

Important Documents

  • Introduction: Horizon Europe at a glance (English presentation) (here)
  • Document library: Horizon Europe Info Days (here)
  • Rules of Participation in Horizon Europe (KOWI) (here)
  • Programme Guide (European Commission) (here)

Videos – Tutorials

  • "Smart4Policy": EU tool for self-reflection on own strengths in the field of science-for-policy (to the questionnaire)
  • European Commission: Horizon Europe Mission-Videos (here)
  • European Commission: Webinar – How to prepare a successful proposal in Horizon Europe (Part 1, Part 2)
  • European Commission: Webinar – How to evaluate Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon Europe proposals (here)
  • Intro-Video: Looking to finance a project or do business with the EU? (here)
  • ERC Executive Agency: Video-Serie – ERC Classes (here)
  • ERC Executive Agency: Video-Serie – ERC Research Funding Playlist (here)
  • European REA: Common mistakes to avoid when applying for Horizon Europe funding (here)

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