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Rules and Processes for Horizon Europe

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 15 April May 10 2020

September 2020

Contribution by Pim de Boer, Aurora liaison officer Brussels

The European Commission has published its “Implementation Strategy for Horizon Europe (HEU)”, providing the framework for the rules and processes of the EU’s new research funding scheme. The main implementation objectives are maximising impacts, ensuring transparency and simplification, fostering synergies, and easing access.

The HEU will continue the H2020 one-stop-shop Funding & Tenders Portal. Its rules will become the standard for other funding programmes as well. The Commission aims to define required impacts of research as specifically as possible at Call level (a group of topics); required outcomes will be defined at a specific topic level. As the Model Grant Agreement and Implementation Strategy details are not published yet we do not know whether societal relevance Key Impact Pathways will be measured continuously (for intermediary programme adjustments) or only after a strategic planning period, nor whether societal actors will be involved in the evaluation and results from the interpretation of these Key Impact Pathways.

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