Agreement on Horizon Europe research programme


On March 20, the European Parliament and the EU Council struck a deal on Horizon Europe, the EU’s next research funding programme, improving the likelihood that the research programme will be implemented on time in 2021.
Agreement has been reached on the content of the ninth R&D programme, planned for 2021-2027. However, no consensus has been reached in terms of budget or involvement of non-EU countries.
This agreement is of pivotal importance, since the Commission will be able to begin preparations to ensure Horizon Europe starts as soon as Horizon 2020 will end.
Agreement has been reached on five mission areas and eight partnership areas. The partnership areas include “advancing key digital and enabling technologies and their use, including but not limited to novel technologies such as artificial intelligence, photonics and quantum technologies”, as well as “Innovative and R&D intensive small and medium-sized enterprises”.
It is important to underline that the deal still needs to be approved by the whole parliament, and by EU Member States. The parliament will vote during the next meeting of its research committee, scheduled for 1-2 April.

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