ISE paper on Horizon Europe

The ISE Horizon Europe Task Force has been conducting a long reflection on European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, with a focus on the areas it deems of highly strategic importance to the development of the European R&I system.

Considering the relatively low funding budgeted for Horizon Europe (i.e., no substantial increase with respect to H2020), it is important to address from the beginning structural features to make it effective and balanced among the three pillars. The analysis of the framework programme presented in the position paper takes into account its impact on many sectors, disciplines, and geographies.

There are three main areas that need more consideration to further enhance the effectiveness and pan-European societal impact of the programme:

  • foster interdisciplinary approaches within the programme
  • increase the efforts towards supporting EU-13 countries improve their R&I system
  • strengthen the R&I cycle in pillar 2

These three aspects are strongly interconnected and tackling them together will improve European R&I capabilities well beyond the time span of this framework programme.