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. 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 preliminary deadlines can be found here.

Canada and Republic of Korea to join Horizon Europe:

After the association agreement on New Zealand's accession to Horizon Europe was signed in summer 2023, the association of two other countries that are not in geographical proximity to Europe are now imminent: The conclusion of negotiations on Canada's association with Horizon Europe was announced in November 2023, with the signing of the agreement planned for mid-2024. At the end of March 2024, the European Commission furthermore announced that the association agreement with the Republic of Korea will be signed in the second half of this year. This will enable researchers and organisations from Canada and the Republic of Korea 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.
  •  The press release on South Korea's association 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

♦ Two online event series on "Fit for your application: Proposal preparation in Cluster 6 and the missions of Horizon Europe" of the NKS B&U:

  • From 8 April to 17 June 2024, the National Contact Point Bioeconomy and Environment (NKS B&U) is holding two event series on applying for Cluster 6 and the missions in Horizon Europe. In the webinar and workshop series titled "Fit für Ihren Antrag: Antragsvorbereitung in Cluster 6 und den Missionen von Horizont Europa," experts provide a comprehensive overview of all important areas of the application process. In addition to the content and writing of a proposal, the budget planning and review process, overarching topics such as gender dimensions or standardisation aspects, research impact and dissemination as well as artificial intelligence and ethics will be covered. The events are primarily aimed at those interested in preparing an application for the new calls of the 2024 work programme for EU missions. Registration is already open, and an overview of the individual events can be found here.

♦ KoWi and NKS seminar on Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon Europe:

  • The European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi) and the National Contact Point Society (NKS) are organising a seminar on EU research funding and policy on 23 and 24 April 2024 in Brussels. The event is aimed at researchers in Social Science and Humanities and focuses on Cluster 2: "Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society". Speakers from the European Commission, its executive agency REA and other institutions will provide an in-depth insight into EU research funding and policy and provide background knowledge in connection with Horizon Europe. The event in Brussels will be held in German and English and registration is already open.

♦ ERC Starting Grant 2024 interview training by the NCP ERC:

  • From 25 April 2024, the National Contact Point ERC offers a total of twelve training sessions for ERC Starting Grant applicants to prepare them for the application interview. After a general information event (Part I), participants will have the opportunity to simulate interviews of 30 minutes each and receive feedback in small group training sessions (Part II) with professional trainers. The registration link was published on this website on 8 April 2024.

♦ Online information day on new calls of the EU Missions work programme 2024:

  • The EU Commission is organising an online information day on 25 and 26 April 2024 on the upcoming 2024 calls for tenders within the framework of the EU Missions. The event aims to inform potential applicants about the new topics included in the EU Missions work programme 2024. The work programme contains new mission specific calls and topics to support the full implementation of missions according to their implementation plans and is expected to be published at the end of March or beginning of April. All sessions of the event will be livestreamed on this platform.

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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