Horizon Europe

EU research and innovation framework programme

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion, which will run from 2021 to 2027. 

More information is available from the European Commission website at this link

Cluster 1 Health calls for 2021 and 2022 are now closed. The 2023/24 Work Programme is currently being developed with calls opening in January 2023. For queries on these calls, please contact the Health NCP at the HRB, Kay Duggan-Walls, kdugganwalls@hrb.ie.

The Health Cluster aims to promote and protect human health and well-being, prevent diseases and decrease the burden of diseases and disabilities on people and communities, support the transformation of health care systems and foster an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive European health industry.

To tackle these issues, the Health Cluster defined six Intervention areas as follows and there will be dedicated calls under each of these areas:

  1. Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society
  2. Living and working in a health-promoting environment
  3. Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden
  4. Ensuring access to innovative, sustainable and high-quality healthcare
  5. Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society
  6. Maintaining an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health.

A link to  the Irish Health launch on 28th April is available here

Here is a link webinars on how to Write a successful proposal for Horizon Europe, Part 1 and Part 2


The European Research & Innovation Days will take place on 28 & 29 September 2022 online

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation announces that the annual European Research and Innovation Days to be held virtually on 28 and 29 September 2022. It is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. Details can be found here 

Cancer Mission

EU Missions are an additional part of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme for 2021-2027 aiming to address some of the greatest challenges facing our society.  An online information event was held on 18 January 2022 on the Cancer Mission and the recording is available here

The Cancer Missions Work Programme has been published. The 2022 calls will open on 24th May on the Funding and Tenders portal with a total budget €129.56 million. The calls will close on 7th September 2022. Topics include Improving & Upscaling primary prevention of cancer through implementation research, Pragmatic clinical trials to optimise treatment for patients, Strengthen Comprehensive Cancer Infrastructures, Towards the creation of a European Cancer Patient Digital Centre and Creation of National Mission Hubs Supporting the Mission on Cancer. 

Here are further details on the Cancer Mission and here is the Cancer Mission Implementation Plan.

Here is a recording of the webinar on Cancer Research Funding in European Programmes held on Tuesday 1st March 2022.

An information day will take place on the Cancer Mission on 17th May 2022.