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Cambridge Global Challenges


The Horizon Europe programme will aim to strengthen the EU's scientific and technological base, foster the EU's competitiveness and its innovation performance, as well as deliver on the EU's strategic priorities and tackle global challenges.

The total budget announced is €100 billion for 2021-2027, with €97.6 billion for Horizon Europe and €2.4 billion for Euratom. The Horizon Europe funding will be split across three pillars:

  • Open Science - €25.8 billion
  • Global Challenges - €52.7 billion
  • Open Innovation - €13.5 billion

The main changes from Horizon 2020 highlighted are:

    • The creation of the European Innovation Council (EIC) with its early stage and development based funding instruments for start-ups and companies;
    • The introduction of Missions, which will unite a body of research in pursuit of a clearly stated goal;
    • A new streamlined set of Partnerships with industry, civil society and funding foundations; and
    • Further simplification of the programme.


Carlos Moedas, the Commissioner for Research and Innovation, introduced the proposal at a press conference today, 7th June 2018.  The Commissioner explained the overall relationship between the three pillar approach and the new Mission-orientated approach. The proposal is the first step of this co-creation process to develop Missions in Horizon Europe, and we can anticipate the launch of a Mission's Board in early 2019.

The full EU Research and Innovation 2021-2027 document is available to download.

Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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