Horizon Europe is proposed as the most ambitious research and innovation funding programme ever.   Horizon Europe will be structured in three Pillars, supported by activities aimed at widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area.

Horizon Europe Structure

Horizon Europe Structure
Horizon Europe Structure


Pillar I, Excellent Science, will reinforce EU scientific leadership through the European Research Council (ERC), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and Research Infrastructures. It will continue to drive Europe’s scientific excellence through the European Research Council and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges and draw on the scientific advice, technical support and dedicated research of the Joint Research Centre (JRC). And it will add a new level of ambition and boost the scientific, economic and societal impact of EU funding.

Pillar II, Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, will address societal challenges and support enabling and industrial technologies to better address EU and global policy priorities and accelerate industrial transformation. Pillar II is centred around six broad thematic “Clusters”, and will support European Partnerships and missions as an important part of its activities.


Cluster 1: Health

Cluster 2: Culture, creativity and inclusive society

Cluster 3:  Civil security for society

Cluster 4: Digital, industry and space

Cluster 5: Climate, energy and mobility

Cluster 6: Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment

Pillar III, Innovative Europe, focuses on stimulating, nurturing and deploying disruptive and market-creating innovations, and on enhancing European ecosystems conducive to innovation, including through the new European Innovation Council.

The part Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area aims at optimising the impact and attractiveness of the European Research Area fostering excellence-based participation from all Member States, including low-performing ones, and facilitating collaborative links in European research and innovation.