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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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Widening Participation & Spreading Excellence

In order to close the research and innovation gap between the European Member States, the Commission has designed the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation strategy. Measures supported under this strategy will help low R&I performing EU countries to increase their participation in Horizon Europe.

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Man Hei To

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+32 2 550 15 55

About this programme

In order to close the research and innovation gap between the European Member States, the Commission has designed the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation strategy. Measures supported under this strategy will help low R&I performing EU countries to increase their participation in Horizon Europe.

There is a wide range of actions that can be used to achieve this objective from enhancing research and innovation capacity, spurring national reforms, facilitating brain circulation, launching measures for promoting excellence to creating new collaborative networks across the EU and supporting the opening of established networks to applicants from widening countries.

The 2023-2024 Work Programme will include four traditional widening instruments in addition to a number of novel elements included in the advancing Europe package agreed by the legislators in March 2019 to create impact on the above mentioned actions:

  • creating new or upgrading existing centres of excellence (Teaming);
  • significantly improving the research and innovation capacity of universities and research organisations (Twinning);
  • attracting and maintaining high quality human resources in research organisations (ERA Chair);
  • ensuring scientific networking, capacity building and career development support to researchers (COST actions);
  • strengthen regional innovation excellence in placed based innovation ecosystems (Excellence hubs);
  • transforming the higher education sector and their surrounding ecosystems (European Excellence Initiative);
  • setting up interfaces between different funding systems (Pathways to synergies);
  • improving the effectiveness of the dissemination and exploitation strategy of widening actions (Dissemination and Exploitation Support Facility);
  • involving partners from low R&I performing countries in already selected projects in Pillar 2 (Hop On Facility).
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Testimonial

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PBNv2 - a MSCA ITN in the field of automotive R&D

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) European Innovative Training Network “PBNv2 - Next generation Pass-By Noise approaches for new powertrain vehicles” started in May 2017. Their research has the shared objective of investigating the possibilities to decrease pass-by noise of vehicles.

The project is a collaboration between 17 research institutions and companies in the European automotive R&D and provides a learning environment for 14 PhD fellows. The Belgian partner is the Noise and Vibration Research Group of KU Leuven, and this project is one of the many Horizon 2020 MSCA Innovative Training Networks that the KU Leuven research group participates in.