Horizon Europe


The EU framework program Horizon Europe was officially launched on January 1, 2021, and is scheduled to run until December 31, 2027. At the end of 2020, its predecessor Horizon 2020 was discontinued.



  • Health
  • Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society
  • Civil Security for Security
  • Digital, Industry and Space
  • Climate, Energy and Mobility
  • Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment


  • Cancer
  • Adaption to climate change including societal transformation
  • Healthy oceans, seas coastal and inland waters
  • Climate-neutral and smart cities
  • Soil health and food

EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation

Like Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe pursues the goal of supporting the entire research and innovation cycle.

The structure of Horizon Europe is therefore also made up of three pillars,

  • Excellent Science
  • Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness and
  • Open Innovation,

which will be complemented by a general program section: Widening participation and Strengthening the European Research Area.

The European Commission funds Horizon Europe with 95.5 billion euros, which is about 30 billion euros more than it had allotted for Horizon 2020.

Structure and Funding Formats

The first pillar, Excellent Science, continues to include the instruments for funding basic research, which will support both individual researchers and networks with open calls for proposals. As in Horizon 2020, this includes the European Research Council (ERC), the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Actions, as well as funding for networking existing research infrastructures.

The second pillar, Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness, comprises six thematic clusters as well as five defined research and innovation missions and is aimed in particular at promoting interdisciplinary joint research projects through topic-specific calls.

In the third pillar, Innovative Europe, the European Innovation Council will help to promote groundbreaking market-creating innovations. The European Institute of Innovation and Technology, or EIT, is also part of this pillar.

Horizon Europe will also include measures to spread excellence and broaden participation in order to gradually close the research and innovation gap between member states and regions in Europe.

We would be happy to advise you regarding the various opportunities for receiving EU research funding. In our basic consultation we are available to answer your questions about each step of the way – from your first idea for a project to submitting an application, and, of course, to implementing the project.

Further Information and Offers

Here you have the option of registering for our newsletter so you will always be kept up-to-date on any new developments.

Furthermore, we regularly organize workshops and seminars on what’s new in European research funding. You can find an overview of our offerings on our seminars and worshops page.

A complete overview of Horizon Europe projects funded at RWTH Aachen University can be found in our project database.


For further information about Horizon Europe please visit our Intranet pages. Here you will also find information about the RWTH Gender Equality Plan. From 2022 on, public institutions are obliged to present such a plan in order to participate in Horizon Europe projects.

Our Team
Division 4.2 – Management of Third-Party Funds / European Union Section / EU Proposals and Projects Advising
Sebastian Dornieden Phone: +49 241 80 90497
Christof Kuhstoß Phone: +49 241 80 92507
Vera Winter Phone: +49 241 80 92523