Horizon Europe

UK Association to Horizon Europe

As part of the future relationship agreement reached between the UK and the EU on 24 December, the UK has announced that it will associate to Horizon Europe, in principle, subject to both the ratification of the overall deal and satisfactory finalisation of the regulations. Horizon Europe is the EU’s research and innovation programme that will run from 2021 to 2027, the successor to Horizon 2020.

Association will give UK scientists, researchers and businesses access to funding under the programme on equivalent terms to organisations in EU member states. The next step is for both sides to formally adopt the full text of the agreement taking into account the finalised EU Programme Regulations. The Commission has published a Q&A on the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe.

The timeline for UK association is to be confirmed but draft text in the EU-UK Declarations sets out an ambition for the UK to associate to Horizon Europe in time to participate from the beginning of the programme. The first Calls for Proposals for the new Climate, Energy and Mobility Cluster are expected to be launched in June 2021.

A webinar on the key legal and financial differences between Horizon Europe and its predecessor, Horizon 2020, was held on 9 February. A recording is available (password Dt9eyvpJ).

An Introduction to Horizon Europe webinar was held on 11 March. The webinar, organised by the UK National Contact Points and the Knowledge Transfer Network, provides an overview of the Horizon Europe programme.

On 24 March the Commission held a webinar called “How to prepare a successful proposal in Horizon Europe”. It included presentations on proposal submission and evaluation and on the Model Grant Agreement. On 21 April the second webinar in the series was held. It included presentations on the new approach to impact following the Key Impact Pathways and the gender dimension amongst other things.

The UK also reached agreement with the EU and Euratom to associate to the next Euratom Research & Training (R&T) Programme 2021-2025 subject to ratification of the overall deal and finalisation of the regulations.

Energy in Horizon Europe

The Horizon Europe proposal is currently awaiting formal approval by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. In parallel to the approval process, the plans for the first Calls of Proposals are being developed. Energy is now part of a Cluster with Climate and Mobility in Pillar 2, Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness. It is envisaged that this Cluster will have a budget of over €15 billion over the course of the programme.

An updated version of the draft Work Programme for 2021 and 2022 has been published (25 May 2021). Please note that this is subject to change until the Calls for Proposals are published.

On 22 March the KTN Global Alliance and the UK National Contact Points held a webinar on the Climate, Energy and Mobility Cluster of Horizon Europe. The slides and a recording of the webinar are now available.

On 17 June, the EU Energy Focus team will hold a webinar on the key changes between H2020 and Horizon Europe with a view to improving the chance of success for UK organisations in the first Calls under Horizon Europe (see events section for details).

The EU Energy Focus team is developing a Call Summary for the first Calls for Proposals and is available to answer your questions on the Call priorities, on UK participation and on Horizon Europe in general. Please contact the team if you are interested in finding out more.

Over €123 million awarded to Horizon 2020 Energy projects

The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) has signed grant agreements with 21 projects amounting to €123 million for several energy topics under the final Horizon 2020 Calls. Find out more here.

Call for Experts for Horizon Europe

A Call for expression of interest for experts for the programming period 2021-2027 is now open. The Commission welcomes new and previously serving experts to respond to the Call. The European Union institutions rely on external appointed experts to help in the evaluation of grant applications, projects and tenders, or to provide opinions and advice in specific cases. Selected experts will be included in a dedicated database from where the institutions will select relevant experts.

UK Stakeholder Groups

UK organisations are invited to join one of our sector stakeholder groups. There are UK Stakeholder Groups for bioenergy, solar, wind, CCS, smart cities, smart grids, ocean and energy efficiency.  Stakeholder group membership offers an opportunity to help influence policy at EU and UK levels; and to build your networks and knowledge to take advantage of the resulting opportunities.

It’s important to have representative groups made up of industry, academia and the public sector to help ensure feedback matches as closely as possible to UK priorities, strengths and interests.  This should give UK organisations the best possible chance of success in securing future EU funding and related activity, along with wider international business opportunities against increasingly tough competition.

We are very interested in hearing from organisations with a view to joining these stakeholder groups. Please contact the EU Energy Focus team if you would like more information or would like to explore joining.

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