Horizon Europe: Getting Started with the New Work Programmes

Horizon Europe Cluster 1 Health

During the past year, we have regularly paid attention to Horizon Europe’s new programme. Now the time has finally come: The new work programmes for all 6 clusters have been announced. As was also stressed during the European Research and Innovation Days (23-24 June): The plan, objectives, and desired impacts have been defined. Now it is time for action. 

A Quick Reminder

To recap: Horizon Europe is the European Union’s main funding instrument for research and innovation. Amongst its main objectives are tackling climate change, the well-known UN Sustainable Development Goals, and increasing Europe’s competitiveness.

The total budget amounts to €95.5 billion. This budget is allocated via various different instruments, about which you can read more here. The grant is available to all legal entities within the EU and associated countries.

Compared to the previous programme, we highlight the following differences:

  • Formerly known as the SME instruments, the European Innovation Council is an instrument that helps to bring innovations with a breakthrough perspective closer to the market. Seventy per cent of funding will be used to benefit SMEs. You can read more about the EIC in our earlier blog: European Innovation Council: Tackling New Horizons.
  • The commission has identified 5 ambitious missions to which the work programmes are linked. You can read more about this here: The Five Missions of Horizon Europe.
  • Open science policy: Open access for publications and open science principles are mandatory for all projects that participate in the programme.
  • Partnerships are more goal-oriented than before and make a link to industry.
  • Citizen involvement (amongst others in the communication plan) is of increased importance.

The programme consists of 3 pillars, each of which comprise different financing instruments. Pillar 2, for example, consists of six clusters, each with its own various specific calls:

  • Health
  • Culture, creativity, and inclusive societies
  • Civilian security for society
  • Digital, industry, and space
  • Climate, energy, and mobility
  • Food, bio-economy, natural resources, agriculture, and environment

Precisely the work programmes of the myriad calls listed under these clusters have now been published. 

Cluster 1: Health

In this blog, we would like to pay special attention to Cluster 1: Health. This cluster has the following objectives:

  • Improving and protecting the health and well-being of citizens of all ages through new knowledge and innovative solutions with (where relevant) attention to gender-related aspects.
  • Further development of health technologies.
  • Reducing health risks.
  • Promoting good health and well-being, both in the workplace and beyond.
  • Making public health services more cost-effective and sustainable.
  • Preventing and halting poverty-related diseases.
  • Supporting and enabling patient participation and self-management.

With these objectives in mind, the work programme focuses on the following key themes:

  • Good health throughout life
  • Environmental and social determinants of health
  • Non-communicable and rare diseases
  • Infectious diseases, including poverty-related and neglected diseases
  • Tools, technologies, and digital solutions for health and care, including personalised medicine
  • Health systems

Detailed information about the specific calls for each of these themes can be found in the work programme. In general, the grant covers between 70% and 100% of eligible costs. A consortium is assumed to comprise around 5-10 organisations.

How Can We Help You?

Horizon Europe is diverse, just like our services. Whether you are a researcher at a university medical centre or an entrepreneur with an innovative idea for climate mitigation, our grant advisors offer substantive knowledge and expertise.

As you can read elsewhere on our website, our ISO-certified company specialises in a selection of key sectors: water and delta technology; medical technology and innovation; energy and circular economy; sustainable urban and regional development; and innovation and technology. Our 20 grant advisors each have their own expertise, so that we can offer both experience and substantive knowledge in each of these areas. This expertise sets us apart from agencies with a more general approach.

We offer a wide range of services related to the grant application process. For example, we can offer our support in the development of your project idea, and put our network to good use in order to help you build an excellent consortium.

Finally, we consider innovation, impact, and sustainable solutions to be key to our approach—precisely also those focus points emphasised by the new Horizon Europe programme! Do you have a research question or technology that you would like to develop further with the help of Horizon Europe? We are keen to help you write a promising grant application.


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