At the start of 2022, ScienceBusiness gathered feedback from an online survey and meetings with its member organisations on how they managed the 1st round of Horizon Europe Call applications. As part of that effort, I moderated a dedicated session of the ScienceBusiness network to compile researcher experiences as well as comments from many academic and industrial research support offices. The result: a new – free – White Paper with recommendations to the European Commission on how to make the next six years of Horizon Europe even better. The White paper, which I co-authored, will be presented to Director-General Paquet during the online Business Annual Network conference on the 8th February.
I co-authored the latest (4th) edition of the “Essential Guide” to understanding the Horizon Europe Programme. In the book, available from the ScienceBusiness website, we explain what this programme is about and how academic and industrial researchers can benefit from it. It is an easy-to-read, yet authoritative, guide to the programme. In plain language, with the complexities deciphered. The report includes new analysis and data on the programme, as well as quick summaries of key news milestones along the way towards the programme’s start. The report describes:
- How the programme is structured and budgeted
- The latest Horizon work programmes – up to September 2021.
- What’s new since the last programme, Horizon 2020.
- Who can participate, and how.
- How the programme came together politically, with what objectives.
- What it means to the rest of the world – and how researchers from Canada to Japan could benefit.
- How it tries to fix the east-west innovation gap.
- Tips for applying.
- Its missions, partnerships and sectoral clusters – in health, space, digital, agriculture, energy, climate, culture and more.
- Its three big funding agencies: ERC, EIC and EIT.