Building on the achievements and success of the previous programme (Horizon 2020) and keeping the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation, the European Commission is proposing a new Framework Programme (2021-2027), Horizon Europe – with a proposed budget allocation of €100 billion. Building on the promise that research and innovation will strengthen the EU’s scientific and technological bases; boost the European Union’s innovation capacity, productivity and competitiveness; and to deliver on citizens’ priorities and sustain our socio-economic model and values, the 3 pillars of this proposal, give greater coherence, both between and within pillars, in support of the programme objectives:

  1. The “open science” pillar focussing on excellent science and high-quality knowledge.
  2. The “global challenges and industrial competitiveness” pillar supporting research relating to societal challenges, reinforce technological and industrial capacities through five clusters (health – €7.7 billion; inclusive and security society; digital and industry; climate, energy and mobility; and food and natural resources).
  3. The ‘open innovation’ pillar aiming at making Europe a frontrunner in market-creating innovation.

The programme will also introduce new features, as:

  • European Innovation Council (EIC): a support breakthrough innovation
  • Research and Innovation missions*: create more impact through mission-orientation and citizens’ involvement
  • Extended association possibilities: by strengthening international cooperation – Tackling together global societal challenges; access to the world’s best talents, expertise and resources; enhanced supply and demand of innovative solutions. Extended openness to association would go to third countries with good capacity in science, technology and innovation, and would take into account objective of driving economic growth in Europe through innovation
  • Open science policy (across the programme): for better dissemination and exploitation of R&I results and support to active engagement of society (Mandatory Open Access to publications; Mandatory Data Management Plan for FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) and Open Research Data for all research data with possibilities to opt-out from open access requirements.
  • New approach to Partnerships: to rationalise the funding landscape, through simple architecture and toolbox, coherent life-cycle approach, and strategic orientation

As regards the Health Cluster, of interest of the nurses, this will be organised around 6 major areas:

  • Health throughout the life course – erase inequalities
  • Environmental and social health determinants – understand how social, economic and physical environments have an impact on our health and minimise the risks and the threats for health.
  • Non-communicable and rare diseases – personalised medical approach
  • Infectious diseases – as AMR – Prevention
  • Health care systems – reform of healthcare systems and health politics / new models and approaches / Resilience of health systems / empower patients
  • Tools, technologies and digital solutions for health and care – raising new technologies, as AI, health apps, etc.)

This new framework programme, still in the process of being negotiated, will be a tool that will maintain competitiveness in Europe compared to the rest of the world. Its implementation, will be based on a large scale and transparent participatory process, based on information received through extensive consultations with stakeholders, citizen, European Parliament, and Member States, to allow to focus on the key priorities and see how the missions will be developed. Horizon Europe will build on partnerships and on a strategic planning to define multiannual work programmes and calls for proposals.

Horizon Europe should be adopted in Autumn 2019.