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European Commission publishes Horizon Europe strategic plan 2021-2024

Thursday 01 April 2021

The European Commission has published a four-year strategic plan for the Horizon Europe research programme, setting out four strategic orientations around which future EU-funded research will be based. These four orientations are:

  • Promoting an open strategic autonomy by leading the development of key digital, enabling and emerging technologies, sectors and value chains
  • Restoring Europe's ecosystems and biodiversity, and managing sustainably natural resources
  • Making Europe the first digitally enabled circular, climate-neutral and sustainable economy
  • Creating a more resilient, inclusive and democratic European society.

The strategic plan also identifies the European co-funded and co-programmed partnerships, as well as the EU missions which will be supported though Horizon Europe. These will complement the ten Institutionalised European Partnerships proposed by the Commission in February, which includes the Innovative Health Initiative, the successor to the Innovative Medicines Initiatives.

The priorities set out in Horizon Europe's strategic plan will be implemented through the Horizon Europe work programme, which will outline funding opportunities for research and innovation activities through thematic calls for proposals. The first calls for proposals will be launched in the spring of 2021 and will be presented at the European Research and Innovation Days on 23-24 June. You can read the four-year strategic plan here: