European Commission publishes its €94.1B Horizon Europe proposal

Seven-year research programme labelled the EU’s ‘most ambitious ever’!
EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas sent the European Parliament and member states a €94.1 billion research budget proposal on Thursday outlining increases in basic science spending and a blueprint for a new innovation council to spawn transformative inventions.

The Commission’s budget breakdown for its next research programme, Horizon Europe, running between 2021 and 2027, devotes the biggest share of funding, €52.7 billion, to a series of projects to tackle climate change, boost digital technologies, improve food, handle other ‘global challenges’ and boost industrial competitiveness.

Five clusters
The biggest slice of the budget pie – €52.7 billion – would go to the pillar ‘global challenges and industrial competitiveness’ to tackle climate change, boost digital technologies, improve food, handle other ‘global challenges’ and boost industrial competitiveness.

The budget spells out some of the proposed spending details of the so-called “clusters” of policy challenges. The amount is divided among five clusters and the Joint Research Centre, which performs in-house research for the Commission.

  1. Health, €7.7 billion
  2. Inclusive and secure societies, €2.8 billion
  3. Digital and industry, €15 billion
  4. Climate, energy and mobility, €15 billion
  5. Food and natural resources, €10 billion (a figure already confirmed in the Commission’s agricultural spending preview)

The JRC stands to get €2.2 billion.

The balance of the €94.1 billion will go to fund fundamental science and innovation. The total for Horizon Europe represents about 10 per cent of government research funding across the EU.

The space programme (published 6 June) will consist in a single programme regrouping all existing and new UE space activities (Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus, GOVSATCOM, SSA). Currently €16.2 bn is proposed for funding the new programme between 2021-2027. The space actors expect that €3-4bn from Horizon Europe will additionally fund research and innovation activities in the field, in particular within a Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) on Space.

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