The European Commission’s draft budget breakdown for its next research programme, Horizon Europe, devotes the biggest share of funding, €52.7 billion, to a series of projects to tackle climate change, boost digital technologies, improve food and handle other ‘global challenges’ and boost industrial competitiveness.
The draft budget, according to sources, spells out some of the proposed spending details of the so-called “clusters” of policy challenges for which the Commission wants to encourage more research and innovation in search of solutions. The amount is divided among five clusters and the Joint Research Centre, which performs in-house research for the Commission.
The cluster envelopes:
The JRC stands to get €2.2 billion.
Money for poorer-performing EU countries – which used to fall under the EU’s ‘widening participation’ programme, now renamed as ‘strengthening the European Research Area’ – is expected to be €2.1 billion. This breaks down into €1.7 billion for ‘sharing excellence’ spending and €400 million for ‘reforming and enhancing the European R&I system’.
The draft numbers could still be subject to some change – budget numbers are still under discussion inside the Commission. They are due to be announced midday Thursday, 7 June 2018.
Further deatils on the draft budget can be found here: https://sciencebusiness.net/framework-programmes/news/eu527-billion-slated-global-challenge-research-new-horizon-europe