The European Commission has published its budget proposal for the next research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe.

The proposed budget allocation for the successor of H2020 is €100 billion for 2021-2027 and includes €97.6 bn under Horizon Europe (€3.5 bn of which will be allocated under the InvestEU Fund) and €2.4 bn for the Euratom Research and Training Programme.

Horizon Europe will be shaped in three pillars:

  • Open Science, that will ensure strong continuity with Horizon 2020 in supporting excellent science.
  • Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness, that will take forward the societal challenges and industrial technologies in a more ‘top down’ directed approach addressing Union and global policy and competitiveness challenges and opportunities. These are integrated into five clusters (‘health’; ‘inclusive and secure society’; ‘digital and industry’; ‘climate, energy and mobility’; and ‘food and natural resources’). For the cluster ‘health’, the Commission has foreseen €7.7 billion.
  • Open Innovation, that will focus on scaling up breakthrough and market-creating innovation by establishing a European Innovation Council.

The ENRF welcomes the Commission proposal and urges the EU institutions to ensure that health and nursing research are properly supported to deliver positive health outcomes.