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Horizon Europe

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

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

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

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Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

To enhance the European competitiveness, Horizon 2020 introduces specific measures for spreading excellence and widening participation through engaging the member states who commit less in the EU research and innovation effort.

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Man Hei To

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+32 2 550 15 55

About this programme

Despite serious efforts deployed at national and European level, the European Union sees significant internal disparities in terms of research and innovation performance. There is significant evidence pointing to the fact that the pathway to economic growth and competitiveness is strongly connected to the scaling up of investment in research and innovation.

In order to reduce the research and innovation gap, Horizon 2020 introduces specific measures for spreading excellence and widening participation. These measures are targeted at low-performing Member States in terms of research and innovation.

Widening consists of three main actions, i.e. Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs, for which specific eligibility conditions apply. This ensures a targeted approach towards Widening Member States and Associated Countries.

The Widening member states are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Belgium is not identified as a Widening Member State but can partake as partner.

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Testimonial

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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.