Horizon Europe Pillars
The Horizon Europe programme structure is divided into three Pillars. Each Horizon Europe Pillar defines the different types of missions, topics and projects that will be funded.
Pillar I: Excellent Science focuses on encouraging and funding frontier research. (European Research Council - ERC, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - MSCA, Research Infrastructures)
Pillar II: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness develop a shared vision and support the uptake of innovative solutions in industry and society. (6 Clusters, Joint Research Centre)
Pillar III: Innovative Europe aims at funding research to produce European innovations. (European Innovation Council, European Innovation Ecosystems, European Institute of Innovation and Technology)
The three Horizon Europe Pillars are complemented by the addition of another horizontal Pillar, entitled “Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area”. It is comprised of two components (Sharing Excellence, Reforming the R&I Systems) that will assist all EU Member States to increase their national research and innovation potential, promote cross-cutting issues, foster collaborations and spread excellence.
iED focuses on Horizon Europe Pillar II clusters that aim to face common global challenges and increase the industrial competitiveness across Europe.
The Pillar II will receive funding from European Partnerships and more than €53 billion to support cross-European collaborative projects that involve both industry and academia. Its research and innovation activities will be organized in six clusters which contribute towards several SDGs and will incentivize interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral, cross-policy, cross-border, and international cooperation.
boosting key technologies and solutions underpinning EU policies & Sustainable Development Goals (6 Clusters and JRC - non-nuclear direct actions)
Culture, Creativity & Inclusive Societies
Civil Security for Society
Digital, Industry & Space
Climate, Energy & Mobility
Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture & Enviroment