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Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the main Research and Innovation Funding Programme of the European Commission.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the previous Funding Programme. There are no longer calls, but projects can run until 2024.

Digital Europe

Digital Europe is a Funding Programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and administrations.

Other EU Funding

There are many other relevant EU funding programmes, managed by several agencies and directorates.

Policy Context

European funding is a complex matter. We help you to understand the policy context of the Horizon Europe programme.

Strategic dimension – Flemish government

The various work programmes with calls for proposals are drafted by several Programme Committees consisting of delegates of the participating countries in Horizon Europe & Digital Europe.

Representatives from the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) inform on the drafting process and collect input from stakeholders located in Flanders to bring it on the Belgian and European level, which results in a concrete work programme. This input can typically consist of suggestions for new topics, requests for adaptations on scale or content of proposed projects.

Contact details of Horizon Europe programme committee delegates are available here. Contact details of the Digital Europe programme committee delegate are available here.

Strategic dimension Horizon Europe – European Commission

In 2023, the Commission organised a public consultation on the past, present, and future of the European Research and Innovation Framework programmes. The insights gained from the consultation provide valuable input and will feed into the ongoing strategic planning process for the next Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025-2027, which was launched in Autumn 2022, and into the preparations of the next Framework Programme for Research & Innovation (FP10).

The strategic plan defines the orientations for the Horizon Europe programme (mainly for Pillar II) and outlines the contributions of its various parts. These orientations mirror the political priorities of the European Union, outline the way research and innovation can address them and enable the Commission to better measure impact. The Strategic Plan 2025-2027 is expected to be adopted beginning of 2024. Find out more here.

In September 2023, EWI published a ‘Flemish reflection paper on the tenth European Framework Programme for R&I’ as a contribution to the preparation of the next Framework Programme.



image of ROOT - Rolling Out OSNMA for the secure synchronization of Telecom networks

ROOT - Rolling Out OSNMA for the secure synchronization of Telecom networks

The ROOT project obtained funding under Horizon 2020 topic ‘EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment’. The project, which ran from November 2020 to July 2022,  aimed to demonstrate the benefit of Galileo OSNMA signal to increase the robustness of critical telecom infrastructures.

The Flanders-based company Septentrio contributed substantially to completing this objective together with the other ROOT partners. The results of the project partially close a gap in the security of telecommunication networks dependent on satellite-derived time, with indirect benefits in curbing illegal attempts to disrupt network services.