Horizon Europe funding

Funding for research or innovation that's ground breaking, improves European research standards or responds to challenges like climate change or food security.

Department for Science, Innovation & Technology (DSIT) is delighted that on 4 December 2023 the UK and EU signed bespoke new agreement finalising the UK’s association to Horizon Europe and Copernicus.

UK researchers can now bid into Horizon, certain that all successful UK applicants will be covered through the UK’s association (or through the guarantee) for the remainder of the programme.

All calls in Work Programme 2024 will be covered by association and the UK guarantee scheme will be extended to cover all calls under Work Programme 2023.

Who it’s for

Horizon Europe is open to all types of organisations across Europe and the world. Horizon Europe provides funding for research and innovation across three core pillars:

Pillar 1 – Excellent Science

Pillar 2 – Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness

Pillar 3 – Innovative Europe

Some funding calls allow a single organisation to apply but many require a team of partner organisations to form a consortium. Usually, the consortium must be made up of at least 3 organisations from different countries.

Get in touch with your UK national contact point for advice on:

  • how to apply for Horizon Europe funding
  • how to form a consortium

What you can get funding for

You may be able to get Horizon Europe funding for projects which:

  • involve groundbreaking research or new technologies
  • improve research training and development, or research infrastructure
  • create growth in sectors like advanced manufacturing, materials, biotechnology, information and communication technology, nanotechnology and space
  • increase private investment in research
  • respond to challenges like climate change, food security, or healthcare for an aging population

Further advice and guidance on applying to Horizon Europe can be found here