A timeline of what to expect as the EU works out the details of its €94.1 billion research and innovation programme.
On 20 March EU lawmakers reached major agreement on Horizon Europe, the EU’s next research programme. But with key details, including the budget, foreign participation, and the new missions, yet to be decided, Horizon Europe is still nowhere near confirmed.
All being well, the remaining pieces of the Horizon puzzle will fall into place over the next eighteen months or so, as at least three separate strands eventually come together. These are, the legislation itself; the long-term EU budget the programme will depend on; and the strategic planning of key details, including the programme’s clusters, missions, partnerships, and the shape of the European Innovation Council.
Horizon Europe is a proposed €94.1 billion programme for research and innovation that is intended to go live as soon as the current Horizon 2020 expires at the end of next year. On 20 March, negotiators for the European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached an important agreement on most aspects of the legislation that will establish Horizon Europe.