Horizon Europe budget boosted to support EU Missions and researchers of Ukraine

Horizon Europe budget boosted to support EU Missions and researchers of Ukraine

  • Gianpiero Petruzziello
  • 11/05/2022

The European Commission has adopted the amendment to the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022, increasing the budget by nearly €562 million, with the programme's budget for 2021 and 2022 now reaching a total of nearly €16 billion.

Of this additional amount €507.1 million is dedicated to the five EU Missions, a new and innovative way to bring solutions to some of our greatest challenges, aiming at achieving ambitious goals in health, climate and environment by 2030. There will be 17 new calls covering Mission Cancer, Mission A Soil Deal for Europe, Mission Adaptation to Climate Change and Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030. This includes a joint call comprising the latter two Missions, as well as additional actions supporting all five Missions, including the Cities Mission.

Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the amendment also includes the launch of MSCA4Ukraine scheme to support researchers previously active in Ukraine. With a total budget of €25 million, MSCA4Ukraine will provide fellowships for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers to continue their work at academic and non-academic organisations in Member States and countries associated to Horizon Europe. The new scheme will also foster scientific excellence, skills and career development, equal opportunities and inclusiveness, and attractive working conditions. Training activities will be part of the support provided to the researchers, focused both on developing research-related and key transferable skills and competences. As in the other MSCA actions, the scheme will provide family allowances for researchers' families.

In addition, the amendment adds several new actions to support Europe's innovation potential. The first round of the upcoming calls will open on 12 May 2022 and the second will open on 24 May 2022. Learn more here.