Horizon Europe

As of September 2023, UK researchers can apply for Horizon Europe funding, certain that all successful UK applicants will be covered through the UK’s association (or through the guarantee) for the remainder of the programme.

All calls in Work Programme 2024 will be covered by association, and the UK guarantee scheme will be extended to cover all calls under Work Programme 2023.

In summary, Horizon Europe funding is available for:

  • excellent research in any field
  • researcher mobility
  • research infrastructure
  • global challenges and industrial competitiveness including: health; culture, creativity and inclusive society; civil security for society; digital, industry and space; climate, energy and mobility; food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment
  • innovation
  • the development of the European research and innovation systems

Horizon Europe delivers calls through dedicated work programmes. Find out more about the work programmes under Horizon Europe (European Commission).

Find out about applying for Horizon Europe funding.

Further Details


Horizon Europe is open to all types of organisations across Europe and the world. Horizon Europe provides funding for research and innovation across three core pillars:

Pillar 1 – Excellent Science

Pillar 2 – Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness

Pillar 3 – Innovative Europe

Some funding calls allow a single organisation to apply but many require a team of partner organisations to form a consortium. Usually, the consortium must be made up of at least 3 organisations from different countries.

You may be able to get Horizon Europe funding for projects which:

  • involve groundbreaking research or new technologies
  • improve research training and development, or research infrastructure
  • create growth in sectors like advanced manufacturing, materials, biotechnology, information and communication technology, nanotechnology and space
  • increase private investment in research
  • respond to challenges like climate change, food security, or healthcare for an aging population
UK National Contact Points

The UK National Contact Points (NCPs) have expertise in each area of the Framework Programme. They help provide personalised guidance and support for Horizon Europe. Get in touch for help and advice in choosing funding opportunities, writing or preparing your proposal, finding project partners, or any other area of Horizon Europe.

Specialised contact points exist for specific sectors and devolved administrations.

Find your National Contact Point

Support for SMEs

The Horizon Europe Pump Priming programme is an Innovate UK initiative that supports individual UK small to medium sized companies wanting to explore and access Horizon Europe collaborative research and innovation opportunities.

It is a step towards participating in projects across a wide range of sectors under Pillar 2 of the Horizon Europe priorities and Pillar 3 EIC Pathfinder and Transition opportunities.

Successful applicants will have access to grant funding of up to £6,000 (including VAT) and are advised to work with a UK National Contact Point in support of their project. Applicants are also given access to a highly experienced Innovate UK Business Growth innovation & growth specialist if they are not already a client, to further support their innovation and growth journey.

Find out more

Frequently Asked Questions

The European Commission has a number of pages updated with the answers to the most frequent questions that have been submitted to their Research Enquiry Service and Participant Validation, IT Helpdesk, eProcurement Helpdesk, Call Coordinators and Horizon Europe NCP correspondents.

A specific Q&A can also be found on the UK's reassociation with Horizon.

Read the FAQs