EU - Horizon Europe

Last updated: 
09 September 2021
Keywords: 
Life Sci - Chem - Phys - Math - Sci Educ
RGP Contact Person: 
EC / European Commission
ERC / European Research Council
EU / European Union
Horizon / Horizon Europe
ISERD / Israel-EU R&D Directorate
RGP / Research Grants and Projects Office

INTRODUCTION:

Horizon Europe is the European Union’s seven-year research and innovation programme, running from 2021 to 2027. The programme’s general objective is to deliver scientific, technological, economic and societal impact from the Union’s investments in R&I, to strengthen the scientific and technological bases of the Union, and foster its competitiveness in all Member States. With a proposed budget of €100 billion over seven years, Horizon Europe is the largest EU’s largest R&I framework programme ever.

This presentation outlines the structure of Horizon Europe and the general features of its various parts.

Horizon Europe has three pillars as well as a few additional smaller components, presented in the following table.

Pillars Sub-Program / Go to RGP Webpage Upcoming Deadlines
Pillar I: Excellent Science ERC (European Research Council) 14/10/2021
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions  12/10/2021
Research Infrastructures 23/09/2021
Pillar II: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness Health 21/09/2021
Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society N/A
Civil Security for Society 21/10/2021
Digital, Industry and Space 23/09/2021
Climate, Energy and Mobility 14/09/2021
Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment 06/10/2021
Joint Research Centre TBA
Pillar III: Innovative Europe European Innovation Council (EIC) 22/09/2021
European Innovation Ecosystems N/A
Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area Widening Participation and Spreading Excellence 05/10/2021
Joint
Undertaking
Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (IMI2) - Call 24  TBA
  Missions 14/09/2021
  Cross-cutting activities TBA
  Covid-19 Work Programme TBA

Work Programmes (WP)  will become available shortly in the relevant sub-programme webpage.

Available Documents:

COOPERATION:

Current status of Member States (MS) and Associated Countries (AC) -

  • The 27 EU Member States (MS): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
  • Associated Country (AC) is a third country (i.e. a state that is not an EU Member State) which is party to an international agreement with the European Community. Legal entities from these countries can participate in Horizon Europe on an equal basis with EU organisations. (list of ACs is TBA shortly)

Information on participation of other Non-EU countries, also referred to as Other Third Countries (OTC), in Horizon Europe can be viewed here. (TBA)

EC / European Commission
ERC / European Research Council
EU / European Union
Horizon / Horizon Europe
ISERD / Israel-EU R&D Directorate
RGP / Research Grants and Projects Office

SEARCHING FOR SUITABLE CALLS

How to find relevant Horizon Europe calls?

Review the work programmes: Horizon Europe is comprised of various work programmes, covering different research priorities and organised under three main pillars. Click here to see the list of work programmes and to access those that are relevant to your research; then browse through the work programme to see the current and upcoming calls and submission topics.

Use the dedicated search tool: you can search for relevant calls using the search funding and tenders tool on the EU’s Participant Portal.

Contact the RGP: for further assistance in identifying suitable funding opportunities, please contact the EU-Desk or the RGP Information Officer.

PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION

NOTE: The information herein refers to submission of proposals for collaborative projects, highlighting the main features of the application process. See the dedicated ERC and MSCA webpages for information on the proposal preparation and submission procedures applicable to these programs.

For further guidance and support for the proposal registration, preparation and submission please contact the EU Desk.

Types of action

The calls are classified into several types of actions, according to the activities that are generally eligible. The types of actions that are mainly relevant are the following:

Research and innovation actions (RIA): activities that aim primarily to establish new knowledge or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution. This may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing, demonstration and validation of a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment.

Innovation actions (IA): activities that aim directly to produce plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. These activities may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication.

Coordination and support actions (CSA): activities that contribute to the objectives of Horizon Europe. This excludes R&I activities, except those carried out under the ‘Widening participation and spreading excellence’ component of the programme.

Consortium composition and coordination

RIA/IA actions: Unless otherwise specified in the call conditions, the consortium must include at least three independent legal entities established in three different EU Member States and/or Associated Countries. At least one of these entities must be established in a Member State.

CSA actions: Applications may be submitted by one or more legal entities, which may be established in a Member State, Associated Country or, in exceptional cases and if provided for in the specific call conditions, in another third country.

In multi-beneficiary grants, the consortium has to choose a coordinator, who will manage and coordinate the project and will represent the consortium towards the granting authority. Weizmann researchers serving as proposal coordinators are required use the services of a consultancy company that will perform the administrative and financial management of the project on their behalf. If you intend to serve as a proposal coordinator, please contact the EU-Desk for further information and discussion.

Proposal templates

The following standard proposal templates serve only as an example. The definitive template to be used for the preparation of your proposal may defer, and can be downloaded from the submission system once the proposal is registered.

Ethics issues

For all activities funded by the EU, ethics is an integral part of research and is addressed through an ethics review procedure to ensure that all research activities are conducted in compliance with fundamental ethical principles.

When preparing a proposal, it is required to conduct an Ethics Self-assessment starting with the completion of an Ethics Issues Table. See the guidance document on How to complete your Ethics Self-Assessment in the proposal preparation stage.

WEIZMANN INTERNAL PROCEDURES

As per WIS management instruction, grant proposals must be submitted for evaluation by the RGP, with a budget approved by Finance, at least one week to 10 days prior to the funding agency’s deadline.

Give RGP access to the proposal in the submission system or, if you are a partner in the proposal, ask the coordinator to to this. The RGP contact details for this purpose: first name: Gabi; surname: Bernstein: email: gabi.bernstein@weizmann.ac.il.

Budget approval: Please make sure to obtain written approval from the Projects Section of the Finance Division for the budget before submitting the online application.

Internal Form: A direct link to a pre-filled online Internal Form will be emailed to you for completion.

EC / European Commission
ERC / European Research Council
EU / European Union
Horizon / Horizon Europe
ISERD / Israel-EU R&D Directorate
RGP / Research Grants and Projects Office

COST MODEL

Under the Horizon Europe framework program the EU contribution for non-profit legal entities is 100% of the eligible costs. Consequently, all costs related to a specific project including salaries of permanent personnel can be reported. For more information or questions about the eligibility of costs please contact your Departmental Administrator and/or EU Projects Team (Headed by Sima Cohen) at the Finance Division.

APPROVED OVERHEAD BY FOUNDATION

Indirect eligible costs will be determined by applying a 25% flat rate to the total direct eligible costs excluding subcontracting and internally invoiced goods and services.

SALARIES, TOSEFET MEHKAR AND EFFORT REPORTING

Salaries and wages: Salary costs of permanent workers including the PI can be declared.

Tosefet Mehkar Aleph allowance: The cost model under which Horizon Europe grants are awarded allows for the partial reimbursement of all salaries based on actual monthly effort reports (see EFFORT REPORTING below). Please note that further to VATAT regulations, if Tosefet Mehkar Aleph is not requested on a grant from an agency whose guidelines allow for the partial reimbursement of the PI salary, you will NOT be eligible to receive Tosefet Mehkar Bet on grants from this agency.

RGP Comment: Each PI of a Horizon Europe grant must have a distinct intellectual contribution to the project. Thus, in all cases, all PIs should be listed at the same hierarchical level and to the same degree of detail in the proposal section describing the consortium partners. In case of doubt regarding how one should be listed in the proposal in order to qualify as a PI on the project once it has been approved, please contact the EU Desk.

Effort reporting: Eligible personnel costs shall cover only the actual hours worked by the persons directly carrying out work under the action. Time records of the number of hours declared must be kept and approved by the persons working on the action and their supervisors. In the absence of reliable time records of the hours worked on the action, alternative evidence supporting the number of hours declared may be accepted, if it is considered to offer an adequate level of assurance.

SUBCONTRACTING

For advice on the inclusion of subcontracting costs in the project budget, please contact the EU Projects Team (Headed by Sima Cohen) at the Finance Division.

EC / European Commission
ERC / European Research Council
EU / European Union
Horizon / Horizon Europe
ISERD / Israel-EU R&D Directorate
RGP / Research Grants and Projects Office

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) AND CONSORTIUM AGREEMENTS

Please read an important message from the VP for Technology Transfer to Scientists:

"According to the regulations of the EU, a consortium agreement has to be signed prior to the project kick-off. The consortium agreement enables us to ask for royalties and reach commercial terms on know-how developed during the project, as well as on pre-existing relevant know-how. Exploiting these advantages requires negotiation of commercial terms by Yeda in a short time frame. The "default" consortium agreement gives partners free access to any previous IP of the Weizmann Institute (even if created by other scientists) that is needed for the execution of the program. Thus, under some circumstances (e.g. IP that has already been commercialized), we shall not be able to join a consortium unless the agreement can be amended accordingly.

If you have any background IP (Patents or know how) that are subject to potential commercialization (this applies amongst other to any IP with Yeda.) that are crucial for the carrying out of your project please contact Adv. Aaron Jaffe at Yeda's legal department (Aaron.Jaffe@weizmann.ac.il, tel. 4094) as soon as you have the initial information on such a project. Feel free to contact Aaron in incidences that prolonged negotiation may jeopardize your chance to join the project."

EC / European Commission
ERC / European Research Council
EU / European Union
Horizon / Horizon Europe
ISERD / Israel-EU R&D Directorate
RGP / Research Grants and Projects Office

INFORMATION TBA

EC / European Commission
ERC / European Research Council
EU / European Union
Horizon / Horizon Europe
ISERD / Israel-EU R&D Directorate
RGP / Research Grants and Projects Office

BECOME AN EVALUATOR

The RGP strongly recommends to register as an Expert Evaluator. Traveling to Europe (at the expense of the EU) to participate in review panels to evaluate submitted applications in your field will provide you with unique insight that should help in the preparation of an application to the EU. To increase your chances of selection as an evaluator, please inform the relevant National Contact Point (NCP) of your registration and ask them to endorse you to the relevant project officers at the EU. For further information or assistance, please contact the EU Desk.

EXTERNAL SUPPORT AND INFORMATION SERVICES

ISERD – The Israel-Europe R&D Directorate and National Contact Point: ISERD is Israel's National contact point for participation in the European Framework programme and is also responsible for promoting the participation of Israeli entities in in the European Framework Programmes. Its goal is to increase Israel’s scientific and industrial collaboration with the European research and innovation ecosystem.

UKRO – The UK Research Office: In addition to its role as UK’s National contact point, UKRO delivers a subscription-based advisory service for research organisations including the Weizmann Institute. All Weizmann researchers can sign up to the UKRO portal in order to receive the latest information on EU funding and policy tailored to their specific research and policy interests.