The European Commission from the Horizon 2020 Program laid the foundations from which the communication, dissemination and exploitation of results took on an importance never seen before, within European projects. Until then, the communication and dissemination plans did not have much importance and were treated lightly. It is from this moment on that project partners are required to include a complete plan to communicate everything that is being done and achieve greater visibility within the different target audiences.
Horizon Europe is the new framework program for research and innovation (R&I) of the European Union (EU) for the period 2021-2027. The Horizon Europe Programme, like its predecessor Horizon Europe 2020, will be the fundamental instrument for carrying out the EU's R&D&I policies. The general objective of the program is to achieve a scientific, technological, economic and social impact of the EU's investments in R&I, thus strengthening its scientific and technological bases and promoting the competitiveness of all Member States (EEMM).
Horizon Europe will be the Framework Program with the largest budget to date, having the potential to generate significant economic, social and scientific benefits for its participants. The Program is designed with an investment mindset rather than as a purely financing instrument, and will be planned to help the EU transition to a prosperous and sustainable future.
The new Horizon Europe 2021-2027 Program is based on three fundamental pillars
The excellence of Science, which will finance research projects designed and directed by researchers. It will also support the professional development and training of research staff, through the international mobility activities of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie program (MSCA) and will invest in improving and optimizing access to world-class research infrastructures.
Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, will finance research into social challenges, reinforce industrial technological capacities and establish missions with objectives geared towards major global challenges (health, climate change, renewable energies , mobility, security, digital, materials, etc.). It will also include the Joint Research Center (JRC) that will assist the EU and national governments in their decision-making by providing them with scientific evidence and technical support.
Innovative Europe, aims to make Europe a pioneering power in market-creating innovation and in the growth of innovative SMEs through the European Innovation Council (EIC). This will support innovators, entrepreneurs, SMEs and scientists. Additionally, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) will continue to promote the integration of research, higher education and entrepreneurship.