Joint Research on Horizon Europe

In this page you may find information on funding mechanisms/ programmes/ instruments that can be considered by the Network Stakeholders for financing clean energy projects of industrial, policy or research scope.


Horizon Europe is the ambitious €100 billion research and innovation framework programme running from 2021-2027. 

The EU institutions reached a political agreement on Horizon Europe on 11 December 2020. On this basis, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU proceed towards the adoption of the legal acts.
Horizon Europe will incorporate research and innovation missions to increase the effectiveness of funding by pursuing clearly defined targets. 

The Commission has engaged policy experts to develop studies, case studies and reports on how a mission-oriented policy approach will work.

5 mission areas have been identified, each with a dedicated mission board and assembly. The board and assembly help specify, design and implement the specific missions which will launch under Horizon Europe in 2021.

Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation


Climate-neutral and smart cities

Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters

Soil health and food

The first Horizon Europe Strategic Plan (2021-2024) is expected to be adopted in February 2021. 

The first work programmes are expected to be published by April 2021. It is possible that the work programmes for the European Research Council (ERC) and European Innovation Council (EIC) will be published earlier. The first calls will open once the work programmes have been published.



Horizon 2020 is the EU funding programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a €80 billion budget. H2020 supports SMEs with a new instrument that runs throughout various funded research and innovation fields,enhances EU international research and Third Country participation, attaches high importance to integrate social sciences and humanities encourages to develop a gender dimension in project.

In this respect, Horizon 2020 programme is an opportunity for EU and GCC stakeholders to work together on topics of joint interest, as well as for the GCC stakeholders to be part and engage in the EU research agenda, the practices followed and exchange experiences and know-how.

more about HORIZON 2020

Funding focuses on numerous societal challenges

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

The most related challenge with the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network scope and objectives is the challenge on Secure, clean and efficient energy.

For the status of the current related calls – forthcoming, open as well as closed calls

For the status of the current related calls – forthcoming, open as well as closed calls