What is the Horizon Europe’s First Strategic Plan?

About Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe, the ninth European Research and Innovation Framework programme (2021-2027), is one of the key instruments of the Union to steer and accelerate Europe’srecovery, preparedness and resilience.

This first Horizon Europe strategic plan defines the strategic orientations for European research and innovation investments over the period 2021-2024 and acts as a compass to stay on course with the political priorities of the Commission with a focus on a climateneutral and green Europe, fit for the digital age, where the economy works for the people.

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In the making of this plan the Commission has pursued an ambitious co-design approach. The co-design approach aims to:

+ enlarge the ownership of the programme to a broader number of stakeholders;

+ leverage this extended ownership to optimise the effect of Horizon Europe investments.

Two series of co-design activities have been organised:

+ remote co-design activities aiming primarily at understanding stakeholders’ views on the contribution of Horizon Europe to the EU policy priorities. The interactions were organised through the Horizon Europe webpage, with the posting of documentation and surveys. In total, three web-based co-design exercises were organised as part of the strategic planning process, during which 8000+ written contributions were submitted.

+ face to face co-design activities aiming primarily at receiving stakeholders’ opinions through structured and informal exchanges during the European Research and Innovation Days in 2019.

The main messages were summarised in an Orientations report. Other co-design activities may be
organised following the adoption of the strategic plan, notably in case of update or for monitoring
and evaluation purposes. Co-design activities may be extended to specific Horizon Europe activities,
as relevant, notably through citizen science, open science practices and social innovation.

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The plan focuses on the following key strategic orientations:

Promoting an open strategic autonomy by leading the development of key digital, enabling and emerging technologies, sectors and value chains to accelerate and steer the digital and green transitions through human-centred technologies and innovations;

Restoring Europe’s ecosystems and biodiversity, and managing sustainably natural resources to ensure food security and a clean and healthy environment;

Making Europe the first digitally enabled circular, climate-neutral and sustainable economy through the transformation of its mobility, energy, construction and production systems;

Creating a more resilient, inclusive and democratic European society, prepared and responsive to threats and disasters, addressing inequalities and providing high-quality health care, and empowering all citizens to act in the green and digital transitions


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  • E-learning content production

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