Specific programme implementing Horizon Europe — the framework programme for research and innovation
Decision (EU) 2021/764 establishing the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe — the framework programme for research and innovation
WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DECISION?
This decision :
- implements Regulation (EU) 2021/695 Horizon Europe (see summary ) — the framework programme for research and innovation (R & I), as it defines the detailed rules for implementing this specific programme, fixes its duration and provides for the means deemed necessary.
The decision repeals Decision 2013/743/EU .
See the summary of Regulation (EU) 2021/695 for greater detail on Horizon Europe’s objectives, structure and budget.
The specific programme contributes to the general and specific objectives set out in the Horizon Europe regulation (Regulation (EU) 2021/695).
The operational objectives of the specific programme are the following:
- to strengthen excellent basic and frontier research;
- to reinforce and spread excellence, including by fostering wider participation throughout the European Union (EU);
- to reinforce the links between research, innovation and, where appropriate, education and other policies, including complementarities with national, regional and EU R & I policies and activities;
- to support the implementation of EU policy priorities, including in particular the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement ;
- to promote responsible R & I, taking into account the precautionary principle ;
- to strengthen the gender dimension across the specific programme;
- to increase collaboration links in European R & I and across sectors and disciplines, including social sciences and humanities;
- to strengthen international cooperation;
- to connect to and develop research infrastructures across the European research area (ERA) and to provide transnational access;
- to attract talent and to train and retain researchers and innovators in the ERA, including through mobility;
- to foster open science and ensure visibility to the public and open access to scientific publications and research data, including appropriate exceptions;
- to encourage exploitation of R & I results and actively disseminate and exploit results, in particular to leverage private investments and policy development;
- to deliver, through R & I missions, on ambitious goals within a set time frame;
- to improve the relationship and interaction between science and society, including the visibility of science in society and science communication, and to promote the involvement of citizens and end users in co-design and co-creation processes;
- to accelerate industrial transformation, including through improved skills for innovation;
- to stimulate R & I activities in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the creation and scale-up of innovative companies, in particular start-ups, SMEs and, in exceptional cases, small mid-caps;
- to improve access to risk finance, including through synergies with the InvestEU programme established by Regulation (EU) 2021/523 (see summary ), in particular where the market does not provide viable financing.
In pursuing these objectives, account may be taken of new and unforeseen needs that arise during the period of implementation of the specific programme. This may, if duly justified, include responses to emerging opportunities, crises and threats, as well as responses to needs relating to the development of new EU policies.
The structure of the specific programme (reflecting the structure of the Horizon Europe regulation, with the exception of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology) is as follows:
- Pillar I — Excellent science
- Pillar II — Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness
- Pillar III — Innovative Europe
- Part — Widening participation and strengthening the ERA .
The strategic plan and the work programmes
The specific programme is facilitated by a multiannual strategic plan of R & I activities, which also promotes consistency between the work programmes, EU priorities and national priorities.
The result of the strategic planning is set out in a multiannual strategic plan, for preparing the content in work programmes implementing the specific programme, which will contain, as appropriate and among other things:
- the expected impact;
- an indication of the amount allocated to each action and mission and an indicative implementation timetable;
- the priorities
- the selection and award criteria, and the relative weight of the different award criteria
- the maximum rate of funding of the total eligible costs.
The strategic plan covers a maximum period of 4 years, while retaining sufficient flexibility so that the EU can respond rapidly to new and emerging challenges, unexpected opportunities and crises. The strategic plan focuses in particular on the pillar ‘Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness’ and also covers relevant activities in other pillars and in the part ‘Widening participation and strengthening the ERA’.
The specific programme has a budget of €83.397 billion in current prices, with an additional budget of €2.790 billion in constant 2018 prices stemming from Article 5 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2020/2093 (the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework, see summary ) and a further budget of €5.000 billion in constant 2018 prices from the EU Recovery Instrument to support the recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis (Regulation (EU) 2020/2094 , see summary ).
FROM WHEN DOES THE DECISION APPLY?
It has applied since 1 January 2021.
- Horizon Europe ( European Commission )
- Horizon Europe: The EU research & innovation programme 2021-2027 ( European Commission ).
Council Decision (EU) 2021/764 of 10 May 2021 establishing the Specific Programme implementing Horizon Europe — the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and repealing Decision 2013/743/EU (OJ L 167I, 12.5.2021, pp. 1-80)
Horizon Europe MSCA - How to apply
Below you will find specific information on the application process for MSCA under Horizon Europe.
Please note that for different MSCA calls for proposals, specific eligibility criteria may apply regarding the participation of organisations and countries. For details, please consult the MSCA Work Programme and the Guide for Applicants in the section below related to the specific MSCA.
To apply, you must create a profile on the Funding & tenders portal . Then, select the call for proposals you wish to apply for and use the proposal online form on the page below to submit your proposal before the deadline .
To help you with the specificities of the MSCA calls, the MSCA National Contact Points organise specific Information Days in different Members States and Associated Countries. During these events they present the calls for proposals and help applicants to prepare successful proposals. Please contact your respective National Contact Point for MSCA related events in your country.
Below you will find a range of resources to help you prepare your proposal for each MSCA.
- Doctoral Networks
- Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Staff Exchanges
- MSCA and Citizens (European Researchers’ Night)
Doctoral networks – call 2023.
For detailed information about the Doctoral Networks, including the eligibility conditions and implementation modalities, please check the corresponding sections in the MSCA Work Programme and the dedicated Funding & Tenders portal page .
Additional useful information for applicants on the Doctoral Networks can be found in the:
- Doctoral Networks Guide for Applicants 2023
- General annexes of the Work programme
- Proposal template and instructions on how to fill it in
- Watch the Doctoral Networks Information Day recording
- 6 steps to prepare your application for the 2023 Doctoral Networks call
- MSCA specific evaluation forms used by the expert evaluators
In order to help the REA select the appropriate expert evaluators whose expertise best matches your proposal, you will be asked to select specific keywords in the proposal template.
Any additional useful documents can be found on the call page .
Access the proposal online form for all Doctoral Networks modalities (please click on ‘Start submission‘).
Postdoctoral Fellowships – call 2023
For detailed information about the Postdoctoral Fellowships, including the eligibility conditions and implementation modalities, please check the corresponding sections in the MSCA Work Programme and the dedicated Funding & Tenders portal page .
Additional useful information for applicants on the Postdoctoral Fellowships can be found in the:
- Postdoctoral Fellowships Guide for Applicants 2023
- Proposal template and instructions on how to fill it in
- 6 steps to prepare your application for the 2023 Postdoctoral Fellowships call
- Common mistakes in MSCA-PF proposal submission
- Specific FAQs for Postdoctoral Fellowships call for proposals 2023
- Guidelines on the calculation of 8-years research experience in Postdoctoral Fellowships under Horizon Europe
- Postdoctoral Fellowships Self-assessment tool for the calculation of the 8-years research experience
In order to help the REA select the appropriate expert evaluators whose expertise best matches your proposal, you will be asked to select specific keywords in the proposal template.
Any additional useful documents can be found on the call pag e .
Access the online proposal submission form for Postdoctoral Fellowships (the link is available under the ‘ Start submission ‘ section).
Staff Exchanges – call 2023
For detailed information about the Staff Exchanges, including the eligibility conditions and implementation modalities, please check the corresponding sections in the MSCA Work Programme and the dedicated Funding & Tenders portal page .
Additional useful information for applicants on the Staff Exchanges can be found in the:
- Staff Exchanges Guide for Applicants 2023
- General annexes of the work programme
- 6 steps to prepare your application for the 2023 Staff Exchanges call
- Staff Exchanges informative flyer
- Specific FAQs for Staff Exchanges call 2023
In order to help the REA select the appropriate expert evaluators whose expertise best matches your proposal, you will be asked to select specific keywords in the proposal template. These keywords should also be considered if your proposal includes interdisciplinary secondments following the instructions provided in the Guide for Applicants.
Access the proposal online form for all Staff Exchanges modalities (the link is available under ‘Start submission‘ section).
COFUND – call 2023
For detailed information about the COFUND, including the eligibility conditions and implementation modalities, please check the corresponding sections in the MSCA Work Programme and the dedicated Funding & Tenders portal page .
Additional useful information for applicants on the COFUND can be found in the:
- COFUND Guide for Applicants 2023
- 6 steps to prepare your application for the 2023 COFUND call
Access the proposal online form for all COFUND modalities (the link is available under ‘Start submission‘ section).
MSCA and Citizens – call 2023
For detailed information about the MSCA and Citizens, including the eligibility conditions and implementation modalities, please check the corresponding sections in the MSCA Work Programme and the dedicated Funding & Tenders portal page .
Additional useful information for applicants on the MSCA and Citizens can be found in the:
- MSCA and Citizens Guide for Applicants
- Proposal template and instructions on how to fill it in Template Part B Annex (detailed budget table)
- 6 steps to prepare your application for the 2023 MSCA and Citizens call
Access the online proposal form for MSCA and Citizens.
For detailed information on the MSCA4Ukraine scheme, please consult this page .
What happens next
- After the deadline, the REA organises an evaluation process. MSCA proposals are evaluated by at least 3 independent external expert evaluators. The experts evaluate each proposal against the award criteria defined in the work programme. After completion of the evaluation, the REA informs applicants about the results. More information on the MSCA evaluation process . The evaluation phase lasts up to 5 months from the call deadline.
- Once applicants are informed about the evaluation results, the REA launches the grant agreement preparation process together with the successful applicants. A grant agreement between the REA and the project partners (‘the beneficiaries’) is concluded. You can consult the MSCA specific grant agreements under Horizon Europe reference documents . Generally, the parties sign the grant agreement within 3 months.
You can find inspiration from previously funded projects in the CORDIS database.
Please consult the specific sections Who can apply and Support for applicants on our website.
All other Horizon Europe calls for proposals can be found on the Funding and tenders portal .
The content of this page is for information purposes only. The relevant legal instruments and the text of the call shall take precedence over the information contained on this page. The European Commission and the European Research Executive Agency do not accept responsibility for any use made of the information contained therein.
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Guidance, templates and links for people planning on applying to be part of an IHI project.
Before preparing your proposal, we recommend you read the legislation creating IHI , the IHI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda , and the annual work programme to ensure you understand IHI, its goals, and how it works.
- IHI guide for applicants (last update 18 December 2023) – this guide is designed to assist you in preparing and submitting your proposal.
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- IHI guidelines for in-kind contributions to additional activities (IKAA) (last update 20 April 2023)
- All proposals must be submitted via the Funding and Tenders Portal .
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The following templates and annexes can be downloaded from the Funding and Tenders Portal submission system, and via the links below. Note that some annexes are compulsory for certain calls / stages. Unless specified otherwise, annexes should be uploaded into the submission system as separate documents.
IHI calls 6 and 7 - some call documents updated
A number of the proposal templates and annexes were updated in December 2023 and the new versions should be used from IHI calls 6 and 7 onward. However, in many cases, applicants to IHI calls 4 and 5 should continue to use the previous version of the documents. Where different versions are available, the version that should be used for each call / stage is indicated below - applicants should make sure they select the correct one for their situation. Note that an updated evaluation form also applies as of calls 6 and 7.
Research and Innovation Actions – full proposals (single-stage calls, and second stage of two-stage calls)
- Proposal template – Part A Part A of the proposal is generated by the IT system in the submission system, where applicants insert general information on their proposal (e.g. proposal acronym), details of the participants, the budget, information on ethics and security, as well as other type of information (e.g. information on clinical studies). For more information, see the Horizon Europe Part A template here . (Note that only Part A of this template applies to this call. For Part B, see below.)
- Proposal template – Part B Call 4 (stage 2) & call 5: pdf | Word Call 6 (stage 2) & call 7: pdf | Word Part B should be completed by the consortium and uploaded into the portal.
- Annex: Type of Participants (full proposals) Excel Compulsory annex for full proposals. Instructions on how to complete this annex can be found here .
- Annex: Declaration of in-kind contribution commitment pdf | Word Compulsory annex for all single-stage calls.
- Annex: In-kind contributions to additional activities Call 5: Excel Call 4 (stage 2), call 6 (stage 2), call 7: Excel Optional annex for single-stage calls and the second stage of two-stage calls. Instructions on how to complete this annex can be found here . Note that a new version of these instructions is being finalised and will be published here as soon as it is ready.
- Annex: Essential information for clinical studies Word Compulsory annex for single-stage calls and the second stage of two-stage calls. which must be uploaded as a separate document in the submission system. If your proposal does not include clinical studies, please upload a statement declaring that your proposal does not include clinical studies.
- Annex: Ethics (no template) Optional annex for single-stage calls and the second stage of two-stage calls. Part A of the proposal includes an ethics self-assessment. However, if the proposal raises many serious ethical issues, the character count in Part A may not be enough for applicants to provide all the information needed. If this is the case for you, you should provide any additional information on the ethical aspects of your proposal in a separate document and upload it as an ethics annex. Note that there is no specific template for this annex.
- Annex to the budget for the Full Proposal - two-stage call Call 4 (stage 2): Excel Call 6 (stage 2): Excel
- Annex to the budget for the Full Proposal - single-stage call Call 5: Excel Call 7: Excel
Research and Innovation Actions – short proposals (first stage of two-stage calls)
- Proposal template – Part A Part A of the proposal is generated by the IT system in the submission system, where applicants insert general information on their proposal (e.g. proposal acronym), details of the participants, and the budget. For more information, see the Horizon Europe Stage 1 Part A template here . (Note that only Part A of this template applies to this call. For Part B, see below.)
- Proposal template – Part B pdf | Word Part B should be completed by the consortium and uploaded into the portal.
- Annex: Type of Participants (short proposals) Excel Compulsory annex for short proposals. Instructions on how to complete this annex can be found here .
- Evaluation form Call 4 (stage 2) & call 5: pdf Calls 6 & 7: pdf
- Horizon Europe General Model Grant Agreement The model grant agreement may be updated from time to time – this link will always take you to the latest version.
- Annotated Model Grant Agreement The annotated model grant agreement provides detailed information and guidance on all points raised in the model grant agreement.
All project partners must sign a consortium agreement that sets out participants’ rights and obligations and addresses issues like governance, liability and intellectual property rights. The agreement should be adapted to the needs of each project. A template prepared by the IHI founding industry members shows what a consortium agreement might look like; it is available on the website of COCIR . Consortia may also use alternative templates if they wish.
Waiver request regarding IHI's right to object to transfers of ownership / exclusive licensing of results
According to Annex 5 of the Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement, IHI JU has a right to object to transfers of ownership or exclusive licensing of results generated within the framework of the action. Beneficiaries that intend to transfer ownership or grant an exclusive license to an affiliated entity outside the project may, in certain circumstances, apply for a waiver to this right to object. This waiver must be submitted following signature of the grant agreement, but before signature of the accession form. Waiver requests should use the template letter below. More information can be found in the IHI Guide for Applicants.
- Template letter for requests to IHI to waive its right to object pdf | Word
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Where to find the reference documents for Horizon Europe?
- Post author: EU Funds
- Post published: February 16, 2022
- Post category: Horizon Europe
The reference documents for Horizon Europe such as the framework programme regulation, the work programmes and the call documents, the grant agreements and contracts, and templates and forms can be found on the Funding & Tenders Portal of the European Commission.
Click on the tab “How to participate” and select “Reference documents”.
On the next page, select the programme you want the documents for, in this case Horizon Europe.
Then, you will have access to the full list of reference documents for Horizon Europe.
For the legislation, this includes the Horizon Europe Framework Programme Regulation 2021/695, the Horizon Europe Specific Programme Decision 2021/764, and the EU Financial Regulation 2018/1046.
The Horizon Europe Main Work Programme 2021-2022 and call documents are also available such as the Horizon Europe and Euratom Work Programme on Horizontal Expenditure 2021-2022, the General introduction of Horizon Europe, the documents for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions v1.03. Research Infrastructures, call documents for Health, Culture, creativity and inclusive society, Civil Security for Society, igital, Industry and Space, Climate, Energy and Mobility, Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment, European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE), Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area, Missions, and General Annexes.
It also includes the Model Grant Agreement and time declaration templates (under project reporting templates).
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