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 From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe


On 7 June 2018 the European Commission published the proposed structure of the European Union’s next Framework Research and Innovation Programme: Horizon Europe. The proposal makes it the largest European Union Research and Innovation programme to date with an estimated budget of approximately €100 billion for the period 2021 – 2027.  It aims to strengthen EU science and technology thanks to increased investment in highly skilled people and cutting-edge research, foster the EU’s industrial competitiveness and its innovation performance, deliver on the EU’s strategic priorities and tackle global challenges. It is assumed in Horizon Europe that mission-orientated research and innovation will deliver more and faster impact from project results, an open science approach will be the norm, the rules for participation will be simplified and the administration burden reduced. The programme will also review and shape a new generation of European Partnerships in research and innovation. Modern R&I policies and programmes with the highest potential for promoting breakthroughs are those that resolutely push cross-border collaboration, responsive to market opportunities and societal expectations. Horizon Europe is uniquely placed to remove borders of all kinds. EU funding will encourage teams across countries and scientific disciplines to work together, making Europe a world-class leader in research and innovation. Moreover, Horizon Europe will promote effective and operational links with other future EU programmes New synergies with Structural and Cohesion Funds will make it easier to coordinate and combine funding and help regions embrace innovation.

The session will look for an answer how to invest in research and innovation for shaping a better European future in a rapidly globalising world, where success depends ever more on the production and conversion of knowledge into innovation and try to draw up recommendations to maximise the impact of future European Union research and innovation programmes on turning knowledge into innovation and growth. These recommendations will be addressed to the European institutions, Polish government as well as to other stakeholders: companies, universities, research institutes, non-governmental organisations and all others engaged in research and innovation within Poland and the EU.

Key topic areas for discussion will include:

  • How to build an effective EU innovation policy that creates future markets
  • How to rationalise the EU R&I funding and achieve synergy with structural funds
  • Transnational and multidisciplinary collaboration in research and development
  • Corellation between the EU programmes and the level and performance of national investment in R&I
  • How to reduce a bureaucratic burden for beneficiaries of R&I projects