Horizon Europe (2021-2027): the 9th European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Investing in research and innovation is investing in Europe’s future. It helps Europe to compete globally and preserve our unique social model. It improves the daily lives of millions of people here in Europe and around the world, helping to solve some of our biggest societal challenges.

Building on the achievements and success of the EU’s past flagship research and innovation programmes,  the Commission proposes a budget of €100 billion for 2021-2027 for Horizon Europe (€97.6 bn) and the Euratom Research and Training Programme (€2.4bn).

Horizon Europe is proposed as the most ambitious research and innovation funding programme ever. It will continue to drive Europe’s scientific excellence through the European Research Council and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges and draw on the scientific advice, technical support and dedicated research of the Joint Research Centre (JRC). And it will add a new level of ambition and boost the scientific, economic and societal impact of EU funding.

Agreements for Horizon Europe and its related programmes and initiatives will be activated retroactively, both for participation in collaborative projects and for individual projects. This is also the case for Switzerland. For this reason, researchers in Switzerland must submit their project proposals in all calls as participants from an associated country.


European Research Council (ERC)

  • ERC Starting Grant ERC-2021-STG
    Deadline: April 12th, 2021 (17:00h, Swiss time)
  • ERC Consolidator Grant ERC-2021-COG
    Deadline: April 20th, 2021 (17h:00, Swiss time)

HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions

More Horizon open calls

Further European Programmes

European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases Networking Support Scheme (EJP-RD NSS)
Financial support is provided for the organisation of transnational workshops or conferences
Deadlines: June 1st, September 2nd, December 2nd 2021

Status of Switzerland

The participation status of Switzerland for Horizon Europe is currently under discussion (factsheet, pdf).
The aim is a full association of Switzerland to Horizon Europe. The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation provides regular updates on the status of Switzerland to Horizon Europe as well frequently asked questions on this important subject.

State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation: SERI - website


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