Horizon Europe – The EU Research & Innovation Programme 2021 -2027

Horizon Europe – The EU Research & Innovation Programme 2021 -2027

Horizon Europe is the EU’s €95.5 billion research and innovation programme for 2021-2027 and the successor of Horizon 2020. Today’s Horizon Europe work programme is based on Horizon Europe’s Strategic Plan, which was adopted in March 2021 to set the EU’s research and innovation priorities for 2021-2024.  Most of the funding is allocated based on competitive calls for proposals, set out in work programmes. New funding opportunities have already opened up since early 2021: in February the Commission launched the first European Research Council calls under Horizon Europe and in March it launched the new European Innovation Council. Furthermore, in April, it quickly mobilised €123 million for research and innovation into coronavirus variants.

Work Programmes 2021/22

The Work Programmes that have been adopted mid June 2021 set out the different funding opportunities under Horizon Europe:

The Main Work Programme focussing on civil applications is divided into 3 Pillars:


Selected Work Programmes of interest for the Time Machine network

TMO’s Project Scouting Service constantly surveys the different funding schemes on regional and EU level, sharing the data on our website section ‘funding opportunities and open calls’.

Find here also a list of official documents relating to selected Work Programmes:

+ General Annexes – covering general topics such as eligibility, submission, financial and operational capacity, award criteria, etc. related to all above named Work Programmes.

+ Horizon Europe Programme Guide

+ European Innovation Council (EIC) Work Programme 2021

+ European Research Council (ERC) Work Programme 2021


Information tailored to cultural heritage institutions in relation to digital and smart cultural tourism

TMO together with the S3 Pilot Action on Virtual and Smart Cultural Tourism (S3 VSCT Pilot) and ERRIN, supported by Thuringia Region and sponsored by the Digital Agency Thuringia, System Alliance Europe and Cretschmar Cargo, organized an information and matchmaking event on EU funding opportunities on 9th of June 2021.

The highly successful event – 500 registered participants from 36 countries – introduced 4 keynote speakers from different departments of the European Commission:

Maria Kayamanidou, Deputy Head of Unit, E.4 – Fair Societies and Cultural Heritage, EC Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG R&I) on the Horizon Europe Work Programme and funding calls of relevance for cultural heritage and tourism related actions in Cluster 2 (Culture Creativity and Inclusive Society).

Valentina Pinna, Project Assistant, Unit G.1. Smart and Sustainable Growth, EC Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG-REGIO), on the Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) aimed at helping actors involved in Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) to cluster together, scale up and bring innovation to the European market.

Grzegorz Ambroziewicz, Deputy Head of Unit E.03 EIC Accelerator, European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency, on the EIC Accelerator and EIC Pathfinder funding and support strategies.

Misa Labarile, Policy Officer, Unit G1 Tourism & Textiles, EC Directorate General Internal Market, Industries, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG-GROW), on COSME, the EU supporting instrument aiming to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access finance in all phases of their lifecycle – creation, expansion, or business transfer. She also introduced the recently finished Guide on EU funding for tourism – make sure to have a look and sift through the various support options across the different EU funding schemes!


Upcoming Events in connection to Horizon Europe

1.The first calls for proposals will open on the Commission’s Funding and Tenders Portal on 22 June. Find a selection of calls that might be of interest for our Time Machine Network in our section on Funding Opportunities maintained by our Project Scouting Team.


2. The European Research and Innovation Days 2021 will take place (online) on 23. and 24. June, marking the occasion to discuss Horizon Europe amongst policymakers, researchers, innovators and citizens. 


3. The Horizon Europe Information Days targeting potential applicants take place between 28 June and 9 July.
The 10-day event will give prospective applicants and other stakeholders of EU research and innovation the opportunity to get information and ask questions about main funding instruments, processes of Horizon Europe and what is new.