European programmes presentation

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the European Union’s research and innovation funding programme for the period 2021-2027. It is the successor to the 8th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FPRTD.); The European Union uses this programme to fund projects that are interdisciplinary in approach with the potential to overcome significant economic and social challenges.

It covers the entire innovation chain from the initial idea through to market, providing further support for the commercialisation of research output and business creativity.  Horizon Europe has an available budget of €95.5 billion for the period 2021-2027, which it uses to support research and innovation work (agencies, institutions of higher education and research, businesses, etc.)


eurostars_medium_imagefullThe EUROSTARS programme supports innovative SMEs involved in collaborative European projects, specifically targeting businesses with high R&D investment.

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a European funding programme for the interoperability of digital infrastructures and services

CEF is a funding instrument for trans-European infrastructure projects for the period 2021-2027 It has committed to provide the European Single Market with €33.7 billion in the form of grants and contributions towards innovative funding instruments jointly developed with the European Investment Bank and funds public interest projects in the areas of transport, energy and telecoms.

The overall objective is to develop and optimise the nine Core Network Corridors within Europe, both in terms of capacity and energy consumption, while also fostering the virtualisation of public services and enhancing the connectivity of European businesses (especially SMEs). The programme is led by the CINEA (Innovation & Networks Executive Agency), which posts annual calls for projects involving the Mobility, Energy and Connect DGs. It is aimed at universities, research centres, SMEs, local authorities, associations, public departments and NGOs.

CEF and TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Network)

Transport forms the lion’s share of the budget (around €22 billion, €10 billion of which are for the Cohesion Fund) and its aim is to complete the European Core Network – an expanded and interoperable infrastructure grid – by Horizon 2030. France’s geographical location is a major advantage, placing it at the crossroads of five of the network’s corridors. There are real opportunities both at the cross-border and domestic level.

This programme is open to a variety of different actors within the eligible geographical areas including local authorities, their sub-divisions and public/private operators, state institutions, businesses and their networks, associations, professional bodies, etc. Partnerships must be balanced and suited to the project theme.