Find your way in Horizon Europe


Are you interested in applying for funding from Horizon Europe? Finding your way through the EU portal can be complicated, but here are some tips on how the program is put together.
Horizon Europe is the EU’s research and innovation funding program with a budget of 95.5 billion Euros. One purpose of the program is to mitigate and adapt to climate change. We take a closer look at how the largest part of the program is structured.


Horizon Europe is huge. No wonder it needs to be divided into reasonably large pieces. The largest division is the pillars. These are three and are divided according to how close the project results are expected to be taken into use and have impact on society. The first is called Excellent Science and focuses on the earliest phases of the innovation process. In the third pillar, Innovative Europe, we find projects with results and technologies very close to market launch.


The second pillar’s budget makes up more than half of the entire program, and is called Global Challenges & European Industrial Competitiveness. It is further divided into Clusters, Missions and Destinations, focusing on the subject area and the EU’s objectives with the calls.

The pillar includes the following clusters:

  • Health
  • Culture, creativity and inclusive societies
  • Civil security for society
  • Digital, industry and space
  • Climate, energy and mobility
  • Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment

Each Cluster contains a number of calls that are open during the application period. Closed, open and forthcoming announcements can be searched in the EU portal. It is important to keep track of what is out there at the moment and what is coming soon so that you do not miss the perfect call.


In addition to the calls in clusters 1-6, there are also Missions. These are a collection of cross-disciplinary activities that should be bold and inspirational with measurable goals. The aim is for the results to have an impact on society with relevance to a significant part of Europe’s population and a wide range of Europe’s citizens.

Missions are as follows:

  • Adaptation to climate change, including societal transformation
  • Cancer
  • Soil health and food
  • Climate-neutral and smart cities
  • Healthy oceans, seas, coastal, and inland waters

Calls within Global Challenges & European Industrial Competitiveness are sought by consortia where one player is the coordinator and the others participate as partners. Participation is open to all types of actors, universities, public actors, private companies, NGOs and more.


To succeed in Horizon Europe, high scores are required in all parts of the application, Excellence, Impact and Implementation. IMCG has helped clients structure, design and write applications under several of the EU’s previous framework programs and has contributed to many full scorers . These experiences and updates for Horizon Europe have now proved successful as the first customers applying within Horizon Europe got a full score on the parts that IMCG led. Do you see areas that fit your organization’s plans? Contact us and we will take you further.

Read more about how Horizon Europe is structured on the EU’s presentation of the program.