We have officially entered the new European funding period (2021-2027) after some delays due to Covid-19 and Brexit. A lot of information is now coming our way, with many interesting opportunities for European SME’s, Start-ups, midcaps, corporates, not-for-profit and research organizations. Many of each entail collaborations and interdisciplinary approaches to solving pressing societal challenges.

One of the biggest (and most known) programs is Horizon Europe, the successor of Horizon 2020, which has a budget of nearly €100 billion for research and innovation! Under this program there are three pillars, and in this short article we will give a concise overview of pillar 2: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness.

Pillar 2 consists of six clusters, each with its own work programs offering many funding opportunities for a period of 2 years. The six clusters are: 1) health; 2) Culture, creativity and inclusive society; 3) Civil security for society; 4) Digital, industrial and space; 5) Climate, energy and Mobility and 6) Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment.

Within every cluster, there are several destinations. Destinations are also referred to as expected impacts, and are the socio-economic challenges that are to be addressed with research and innovation activities.

To zoom closer, every destination consists of a number of calls (those are usually divided per year: 2021 or 2021, and whether they include a single stage or two-stage application process). Every call has an application deadline and is composed of at least one topic, and in most cases many topics. Topics provide details about the scope of the topic’s call, the expected outcomes to be achieved by proposals of the action, any additional specific eligibility conditions, and budget.

For example, the first topic, under the first destination and call (2021, single stage) in cluster ‘Health’ is: “Towards a molecular and neurobiological understanding of mental health and mental illness for the benefit of citizens and patients”. The different topics can be found in the work programs that are published by Horizon Europe on the Funding and Tenders Portal.

When proposing a project, it is important to have a clear pathway for arriving at the desired impact(s). Your proposal should show how your project will achieve certain expected outputs (defined by you) which will contribute to the topic’s expected outcomes, and in turn (in the longer run) will also contribute to Europe’s expected impact.

Opportunities under Pillar 2 are aimed at projects with Technology Readiness Level (TRL) between 4 to 7. The funding covers between 60 – 100% of the eligible costs, depending on the type of action (Research and Innovation Action, Innovation Action, or Coordination and Support Action) and conditions that are found for every topic. To be eligible there must be a consortium of at least 3 partners from 3 different EU or associated countries (with the exception for CSA calls). The full application will consist of 2 parts: A and B. Part A is done via an online submission system and will require to answer some specific questions such as relating to the participants, budget, ethics and so on. Part B is the proposal plan which should not be longer than 45 pages and is scored based on Excellence, Impact, and Quality & Efficiency of the Implementation.

The first deadline this year will start in September.

More information? Contact Nitzan Merguei via 077-3560100 or info@trias-subsidie.nl