European Framework Programmes

European co-operation in Research and Innovation (R&I) Framework Programmes (FPs) is one of the great successes of the European project. EU FPs for R&I are an obvious and major priority for Science Europe, especially at a time where the current FP, Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), is undergoing its interim evaluation and preparations are already underway for its successor, Horizon Europe.

As a key European Research Area (ERA) stakeholder, Science Europe represents both public Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) – who are among the main beneficiaries of the FPs – and Research Funding Organisations (RFOs) – who have decades of experience in setting up world-leading research programmes. Science Europe Member Organisations share a common mission: to fund and perform excellent research in a world where scientific communities are not bound by national borders. They also share the responsibility of managing a substantial proportion of national public research investments in Europe.

Currently, Science Europe provides inputs and participates in key policy debates and consultations processes related to the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation and the preparation of Horizon Europe. Science Europe has a key role in representing the interest of research organisations in Brussels and in advocating common positions agreed by its 43 Member Organisations. As such, it is regularly invited by EU institutions and other relevant stakeholders to contribute to the policy debates on a broad range of topics.

Science Europe Working Group on Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe

Science Europe established a dedicated Working Group to support its role as a platform for strategic positioning and advocacy towards Horizon 2020 and future FPs. Like the other Science Europe Working Groups, it is composed of key experts from Science Europe Member Organisations representing both RFOs and RPOs.

Over the coming months, while maintaining a strong focus on the ongoing interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 and its last years of implementation, a new focus will be given to the preparation of Horizon Europe, including the preparation of the next Multiannual Financial Framework. The Working Group will provide Science Europe with the expertise needed to participate and give input to the policy debates and consultations.

Publications on Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe

Working Group Members

Science Europe wishes you a very happy festive season and looks forward to working with you in 2019... read more

(23/11/18) Stephan Kuster, Secretary General of Science Europe, has been appointed as one of 11 members of the new Executive Board of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

(12/11/2018) R&I stakeholders call on the EU institutions to seek a balanced approach to data sharing in the PSI Directive... read more

(19/10/18) Science Europe is currently recruiting a new Senior Policy Officer... read more

(12/09/18) Science Europe is disappointed that the European Parliament did not sufficiently improve the far too restrictive proposal for TDM in the new Copyright Directive in today’s plenary vote... read more

(04/09/18) Science without publication paywalls: cOAlition S for the realisation of full and immediate Open Access... read more

(11/07/2018) Research funders making Open Access a reality by more

(08/06/2018) Science Europe has published its reaction to the European Commission's Proposal on Horizon Europe…read more

(01/06/2018) Rosa Menéndez (CSIC) was elected as Science Europe Vice-President... Read more

(31/05/18) Science Europe held its 2018 High-Level Workshop on the topic of Mission-oriented Research… Read more


The Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management (November 2018) presents core requirements for Data Management Plans (DMPs) and criteria for the selection of trustworthy repositories, as well as some guidance on how to put these requirements and criteria into practice... read more