Horizon Europe : the European Commission launches an online consultation

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on Horizon Europe which targets not only research and innovation stakeholders, but also all citizens. Deadline for participation: 8 September 2019.

An online consultation for all citizens

Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation framework programme, will succeed to Horizon 2020 from 2021. With a proposed budget of 100 M€ for 7 years, Horizon Europe is set-up on a co-design process with society and experts. In this context, the Commission has launched an online public consultation to gather the views of citizens on the future of research and innovation in Europe.

The survey (online > here) includes about 20 questions in 4 sections:

  1. You (and your organisation)
  2. The greatest role for Horizon Europe
  3. Horizon Europe’s impacts
  4. Orientations.

The survey targets not only research and innovation stakeholders, but also (and above all!) all interested citizens. The consultation is open until September 8th 2019 and will take about 10-15 minutes to fill in.

The co-design process: a key concept for Horizon Europe

This citizen co-design principle will help debates and new ideas to emerge for the future of research and innovation. The inputs of the public consultation will contribute to the preparation of the Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe and the calls for proposals from 2021 to 2024. In particular, it will focus on Horizon Europe’s second pillar: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness.

Another key initiative in the co-design process: the organisation of the European Research & Innovation Days from 24 to 26 September in Brussels. This major event gathers a Policy conference, an innovation hub and the “Science is wonderful” exhibition. It aims to create an ecosystem of interactions and debates which will also contribute to the Strategic planning of Horizon Europe. Euronovia and the Association of Innovation Consultants will organise a meeting during the R&I Days in Brussels September 24th. More information soon!

The adoption of Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe brings several novelties as compared to Horizon 2020, for example the Research and Innovation Missions and a complete SME Instrument reshaping. In April 2019, the European Parliament and the Council reached a common agreement on the key objectives of the programme. The budget and some horizontal aspects (such as international associations) are still bound to the overall agreement on the next EU budget for 2021-2017, currently under discussion.