The Horizon Europe structure

Horizon Europe is divided into three pillars. Below you will find an overview of the key points behind this structure:

Pillar 1: Excellent Science

  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
  • Research Infrastructures

Pillar 1 objectives:

  • Strengthen excellent basic research and "pioneering research"
  • Develop, retain and regain talent from science and innovation-driven research in the European Research Area
  • Link and further develop existing research infrastructures throughout the European Research Area and provide transnational access to them

Pillar 2: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness 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

Non-nuclear direct actions of the Joint Research Centre

Pillar 2 objectives:

  • Contribution to addressing global challenges, sustainable development under Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
  • Gaining Knowledge through research funding
  • Funding of all forms of innovation
  • Divided into 6 thematic clusters, further subdivided into so-called Destinations

Pillar 3: Innovative Europe

  •  European Innovation Council (EIC)
  •  European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE)
  •  European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Pillar 3 objectives:

  • Europe as a pioneer in market-creating innovation and SME growth
  • Development of the entire European innovation landscape
  • Business integration, research, higher education and entrepreneurship

Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area

  • Widening participation and spreading excellence
  • Reforming and enhancing the European Research and Innovation system

Objectives of widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area

  • Equality and an inclusive vision of Europe
  • Reducing inequalities in the research and innovation sector within Europe
  • Strengthening of links between R&I players across Europe

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