European Framework Programmes

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is the main EU funding instrument for research and innovation (R&I) and the topic is a major priority area for Science Europe.

Science Europe represents both Research Performing Organisations (RPOs), who are among the main beneficiaries of the Framework Programmes, and Research Funding Organisations (RFOs), who have decades of experience in setting up leading research programmes and who collaborate regularly with the European Commission notably through joint initiatives. Science Europe builds on the input from its Member Organisations and advocates for their common vision on how to make EU Framework Programmes a successful and efficient tool to boost research and innovation.

The current programme, Horizon 2020, has a budget of about €77bn for the period 2014-2020. It is based on several funding instruments which support projects across a large range of scientific disciplines, from the most exploratory stages of research to the commercialisation of innovative products or services.

The European Institutions are currently preparing Horizon Europe, the next Framework Programme for 2021-2027. European Commission released its proposal for the programme back in June 2018, and the European Parliament and the Council of the EU are now revising its content and negotiating on the key features of the future programme.

Science Europe is an active voice in the key policy dialogues for the Horizon Europe preparations and is actively collaborating with policy makers from the EU institutions to ensure that the input and experience of its RPOs and RFOs is integrated into the final proposal.

Science Europe firmly believes that Europe needs and deserves a research programme which:

  • has a substantially larger budget than Horizon 2020 in order to meet ambitious goals such as strengthening the European position on the world research and innovation landscape, and addressing the societal challenges Europe faces
  • recognises ‘excellence’ as its core principle and reinforces instruments promoting research excellence such as the European Research Council
  • provides opportunities for fundamental and applied research in all parts of the programme
  • includes measures to encourage and develop excellence in all countries of the European Research Area
  • encourages Open Access to research results and data sharing.

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 Horizon Europe. The Working Group is composed of key experts from Science Europe Member Organisations representing both RFOs and RPOs.

Publications on Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe

Working Group Members

(31/05/19) cOAlition S releases revised implementation guidance on Plan S following public feedback exerciseread more

(16/05/19) Science Europe congratulates Professor Mauro Ferrari on his appointment as the next President of the European Research Council... read more

(14/05/19) EUA and Science Europe Join Efforts to Improve Scholarly Research Assessment Methodologies... read more

(18/04/19) Science Europe welcomes the PPA on Horizon Europe. It's a good deal but is there a supporting budget? read more

(10/04/19) ALLEA, EUA, and Science Europe join together to protect academic freedom... read more

(19/02/19) Vacancy for a Senior Policy Officer at Science Europe... read more

(0702/19) Science Europe issues a statement on managing the independence and guaranteeing the excellence of the European Research Council... read more

(29/01/19) Science Europe launches guide to support the international alignment of Research Data Management... read more


EUA and Science Europe join efforts to improve scholarly research assessment methodologies... read more