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What is Horizon Europe and how can Cresco help you?

Horizon Europe is the EU’s next funding programme for research and innovation, with a proposed budget of €100billion available from 2021 to 2027.

Horizon Europe, which has succeeded Horizon 2020, is due to launch in April 2021, when the first competitions are expected to be announced.

Now that the UK left the EU on January 31, 2020, the UK will still participate with the Horizon Europe programme. Although the finer details are still to be finalised, businesses in the UK can continue to access EU funding until 2027.

The main objectives of Horizon Europe are:

  • Strengthening the EU’s scientific and technological foundations and European Research Area (ERA)
  • Increasing innovation capacity, competitiveness and the number of jobs in Europe
  • Fulfilling citizens’ priorities and maintaining socioeconomic model and value

How will Horizon Europe be implemented?

The strategic planning process will focus in particular on the Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness pillar of Horizon Europe. It will also cover the Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area part of the programme as well as relevant activities in other pillars.

In line with the Horizon 2020 programme, the base of the three pillars will remain.

Can you still apply for Horizon 2020?

UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in, bid for and lead projects in Horizon 2020, as if the UK remained a member state, even though the UK has now left the EU.

The UK government is encouraging UK organisations to continue to bid into calls for new Horizon 2020 grant funding for the lifetime of the Horizon 2020 programme and, if successful, funding will be provided by the Commission.

What can Cresco do to help you with Horizon Europe?

Even though we are still waiting for the final details to be worked out, it is great news that UK businesses can continue to access Horizon Europe funding until 2027.

We hope to continue working with clients on Horizon Europe projects and we are excited about the prospects in store.

We will keep you updated as more news on Horizon Europe is released and, as soon as we have further information on the first competitions, we will be quick to share that information.

In the meantime, if we can help you in any way, whether it’s to discuss potential applications or if you need any assistance in applying for European or UK funding, we’re here to talk to you.

Please give us a call on +44 (0) 1509 261182 and any one of our expert team will be able to help. We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you in any way we can.