Council agrees on next multi-year EU research program
The Council of the EU has agreed on a partial general approach for Horizon Europe, the next EU framework program on research and innovation, for 2021-2027. The program includes three main pillars: Excellent science, supporting basic science to strengthen scientific leadership; Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness, addressing societal challenges and industrial technologies in areas such as health, security, digital and key enabling technologies, climate, energy, mobility, food, and natural resources; and Innovative Europe, for scaling up breakthrough and disruptive innovation by establishing a European Innovation Council. The latter will offer a “one-stop-shop” for high-potential innovators.
A cross-cutting section will improve the program's delivery for widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area and includes measures to support member states in making the most of their national research and innovation potential.