Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

he Commission has published its proposal for Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme that will succeed Horizon 2020.

The proposal was made as part of the EU's proposal for the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF).

Various building blocks were taken into account including the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Lab-Fab-App report (informally the Lamy report), foresight studies and various other reports. 

Legal texts, factsheets and video

The EU institutions reached a provisional agreement on Horizon Europe on 20 March 2019. The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement on 17 April 2019.


Horizon Europe will incorporate policy missions to ensure the effectiveness of research and innovation funding by pursuing clearly defined targets. 

Mission-oriented policy

Adoption timeline

  • 2 May 2018

    The Commission adopts its proposal for the next EU long-term budget (MFF)

  • 7 June 2018

    The Commission adopts its proposal for Horizon Europe

  • 2019-2020

    The Council and European Parliament negotiate and subsequently adopt the programme

  • 1 January 2021

    Horizon Europe is launched