Horizon Europe (2021-2027) is the 9th European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is the biggest and most ambitious programme of its kind ever with a budget of over €95 billion.

The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.

It seeks to create jobs, fully engage the EU’s talent pool, boost economic growth, promote industrial competitiveness and optimise investment impact within a strengthened European Research Area.


The programme is divided into three main pillars:

  • Pillar 1 – Excellent Science
  • Pillar 2 – Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness
    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 3 – Innovative Europe

The programme also includes research missions in five key areas: cancer; carbon-neutral and smart cities; adapting to the climate crisis; oceans and waters; and soil health and food.


Enterprise Ireland is the national contact point for Horizon Europe and offers a support service which can be accessed here.