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Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the successor to the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The aim of Horizon Europe is to shape the future of Europe through research and innovation.  It will run from 2021 to 2027 with a budget of €95.5 billion.

Horizon Europe

Guide Overview

We’ve created five simple sections to help you understand how Horizon Europe works and whether your business could be eligible for funding.

What is Horizon Europe?

Horizon Europe is the EU’s current funding programme for research and innovation.

Horizon Europe seeks to develop a sustainable, fair, and prosperous future for people and the planet, based on European values.

Key aims of Horizon Europe include fueling the EU’s scientific and technological excellence, tackling policy priorities, including green and digital transitions and Sustainable Development Goals, and boosting Europe’s innovation uptake, competitiveness, jobs, and growth.

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What types of projects are likely to be funded?

Horizon Europe is unique, as it provides both “bottom up” funding in Pillar I (Excellent science) and Pillar III (Innovative Europe) as well as mission-orientated actions in Pillar II, Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness.

The European Innovation Council (EIC), part of the Innovative Europe pillar of Horizon Europe, has a budget of €10 billion to support breakthrough and disruptive innovations with market-creating potential that are too risky for private investors. 70% of the European Innovation Council budget is earmarked for SMEs.

What are the five key mission areas of Horizon Europe?

Smart Cities

Climate-neutral and smart cities

Supporting, promoting, and showcasing 100 climate-neutral European cities by 2030.

Climate Neutral And Smart Cities

A climate-resilient Europe

Preparing Europe for climate disruptions and accelerating the transformation to climate resilience.



Targeting more than 3 million lives saved, living longer and better by 2030.

Healthy Soils

Soil health and food

Ensure at least 75% of all soils in the EU are healthy for food, people, nature, and climate by 2030.

Healthy Oceans

Healthy oceans, seas and waters

Cleaning marine and fresh waters, restoring degraded ecosystems and decarbonising the blue economy.

"With the help of Myriad, our application ranked #1 in Horizon 2020's Fast Track to Innovation across Europe....it opened doors to investors, potential business partners, physicians and much more"

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Co-founder, AuriGen Ltd

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What’s the process to prepare an application for Horizon Europe?

Applying for a grant is a time-consuming and resource-intensive process. With our grant bid writing service, we can work with you to prepare an application that gives your project the best chance of success.

Each grant competition has its own rules and requirements. You need to ensure that your innovation meets the competition scope and that you are eligible to apply. For further guidance, you can contact us to determine whether your applying for the right competition.

Grant applications are usually examined by independent experts in the area of innovation identified in the application. The number of experts scoring the application depend on the grant awarding body.

Award-winning projects will involve breakthrough technologies and disruptive innovations that draw on unique strengths from Europe and provide global opportunities to scale up.

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How can we help?

Myriad Associates have an enviable track record with R&D grant applications. Using our grant application services can give you a significant competitive advantage over other grant applicants.

Our grant bid writers have secured over €100m for our clients in 2019/20 and have secured some of the highest scoring applications in Europe.

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  • #1 European grants team - We employ leading bid writers who write compelling applications.
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  • A complete service - On receipt of your offer letter, we help you with all administrative requirements to ensure prompt receipt of grant funds.
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Our results

  • €14.8m in Fast Track to Innovation funding won
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  • €22.4m in Horizon 2020 funding won
  • #1 European grants team - We employ leading bid writers who write compelling applications.
  • A complete service - On receipt of your offer letter, we help you with all administrative requirements to ensure prompt receipt of grant funds.

Frequently asked questions

Each programme within Horizon Europe has its own budget, and its own funding guidelines. For the EIC Accelerator, the maximum grant is €2.5 million. Eligible costs are reimbursed up to a maximum of 70%. The minimum investment component is €0.5 million and the maximum is €15 million.

Pillar I ‘Excellent Science’ strengthens EU science and technology due to increased investment in highly skilled people and cutting-edge research. It supports the search for breakthroughs in understanding and acquisition of knowledge at all levels; the world class facilities needed to achieve this, including physical and knowledge infrastructures, and the means to disseminate and share knowledge, methodologies and skills. The European Research Council will support the best researchers with flexible, long-term funding to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/high-risk research in Europe. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions focus on excellent research that is fully bottom-up and open to any field of research and innovation from basic research to market take-up and innovation services. It supports mobility of researchers across borders, sectors and disciplines, excellent training of researchers, the strengthening of human resources and skills development and the creation of synergies with EU, national and regional programmes. Research Infrastructures will endow Europe with world-class sustainable research infrastructures open and accessible to all researchers in Europe and beyond. The key objectives of Pillar I Excellent Science are to reduce research fragmentation, avoid duplication and better coordinate the design, development, accessibility and use of research infrastructures.

Pillar II ‘Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness’ delivers on the EU’s strategic priorities, such as the Paris Agreement on climate change, the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Pillar II will be aligned with actions taken in other countries and regions of the world to achieve greater impact. It is grouped in six integrated clusters of activities that aim at creating systemic and sustainable changes for society and the economy. Pillar II includes six clusters:

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

Pillar II is implemented primarily by collaborative research and innovation projects that respond to pre-defined challenges and bring together private and public actors, end-users, scientists, technologists, producers, innovators, businesses, educators, policymakers, citizens and civil society organisations. Pillar II also includes research and innovation missions and a range of partnerships with public and private partners.

Pillar III seeks to enhance the EU’s industrial competitiveness and innovation performance, notably by supporting the development and deployment of disruptive and market-creating innovation via the European Innovation Council, European Innovation Ecosystems and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

The European Innovation Council (EIC) is part of Pillar III Innovative Europe and supports European innovators in all fields of disruptive, market-creating innovations. It supports both research-intensive transdisciplinary projects (Pathfinder) and close-to-market mono-beneficiary projects (Accelerator).

All kinds of businesses are eligible, from startups to large multi-national corporations. Research performing organisations are also eligible.

It is crucial to keep the European point of view and mind and ensure that your project:

  • Focuses on cutting-edge research and innovation
  • Leverages Europe’s scientific strengths into leadership in breakthrough and disruptive innovation
  • Influences broader economic, social, and economic transitions and related societal challenges
  • Has European value and impact

Each funding competition has its own evaluation process. For the EIC Accelerator, there are three stages: 1) evaluation of your short application by remote evaluators; 2) assessment of your full proposal by remote evaluators; and 3) innovation pitch and interview in front of EIC Jury Members.

Each funding competition has its own timelines. For the EIC Accelerator, you can expect results from the initial short application stage (expression of interest) in 2-4 weeks following submission. For the full application, results are within 5 weeks of submission with interviews 9 weeks after the submission deadline.

The “Bottom up” funding mechanism includes:

  • Grants for early technology to proof-of-concept, such as the EIC Pathfinder
  • Grants for technology at the proof-of-concept to pre-commercial stages, through programmes like EIC Transition
  • Grants and investment (through the EIC Fund) for single SMEs and start-ups, to take technology from pre-commercial to the market and scale-up stages, in the EIC Accelerator

The European Research Area (ERA) is a concept that seeks to establish a unified single area in which scientific knowledge, technology and researchers can circulate freely. ERA provides a framework for European policies geared towards removing barriers of mobility and putting the necessary conditions in place for scientists to move more easily, have better access to funding and concentrate on their research. A new ERA Communication is foreseen in 2020.

The EIC Pathfinder and Accelerator are the two main funding instruments under the EIC. The Pathfinder funds lower Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), trans-disciplinary research-intensive projects in breakthrough areas of science, through multi-beneficiary projects. The Accelerator funds mono-beneficiary and highly innovative projects at higher TRLs, which are viable, but not bankable due to their level of risk.

The Work Programmes including calls are published on a biannual basis, but with annual deadlines for call for proposals. The actual call publication date and deadlines may differ from one programme part to the other. Minor changes to the calls in the second year of the Work Programme may occur after the publication.


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