Directions of the Horizon Europe program
Block I “Advanced Science” has sections:
- European Research Council (ERC)
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
- Research infrastructures
Block II “Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness” includes clusters:
- Health: health throughout life; non-communicable and rare diseases; tools, technologies and digital solutions for health, including personalized medicine; environmental and social determinants of health; communicable diseases, including those associated with poverty and neglected diseases; health systems
- Culture, creativity and inclusive society: democracy and power; social and economic transformation; culture, cultural heritage and creativity
- Digital security for society: disaster resilient societies; safety and security; cybersecurity
- Digital technologies, industry and space: industrial technologies; advanced materials; next-generation Internet; circular industry; space, including Earth observation; new enabling technologies; key digital technologies, including quantum technologies; artificial intelligence and robotics; advanced computing and big data; low-carbon and clean industry
- Climate, energy and mobility: climate science and climate solutions; energy systems and networks; society and cities; industrial competitiveness in transport; smart mobility; energy supply; buildings and industrial facilities in the energy transition; clean, safe and affordable transport; energy storage
- Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment: environmental surveillance; agriculture, forestry and rural areas; circular systems; food systems; biodiversity and natural resources; seas, oceans and inland waters; bioeconomic innovation systems in Europe
The second direction also includes the Joint Research Area (JRC)
Block III “Innovative Europe” has the following sections:
- European Innovation Council (EIC).
- European innovation ecosystems.
- European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
To support breakthrough technologies, the European Innovation Council (EIC) has been established to support cutting-edge research through two mechanisms.
- The first, the EIC Pathfinder, will support early-stage technology projects and provide grants to any legal entity, including educational institutions. The expected result will be a new startup or business plan.
- The second mechanism, called EIC Accelerator, will be aimed at scaling up the production of promising products. The goal of the EIC is to help innovators create the markets of the future and expand their companies. EIC activities will complement the work of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
To increase the impact of projects, Research and Innovation Missions (R&I Missions) will be introduced. A mission is a set of actions in various fields aimed at achieving a set goal within a certain timeframe, which have an impact on society and policy making, and are relevant to a significant part of the European population.