5 Missions in Horizon Europe

How sustainability is one of the biggest global challenges

By: Kathrin Prebeck, Senior Project Manager

The baby to toddler framework programme Horizon Europe is just about to do its first footsteps. With the first calls and deadlines in 2021, the first batch of proposals is submitted and the evaluation period has started. It will be most interesting to see the outcomes of it, to learn about participation and success rates and follow the first projects into their kick-off.

While one might think not so much has changed between the previous programme Horizon 2020 and its younger brother Horizon Europe, the siblings are definitely not alike.

What makes this child so different? 

Not only is this framework programme for the first time more impact-driven than any predecessor, it carries an unseen novelty which is a focus on 5 specific Missions that shall be addressed within this programme. The Mission topics had long been communicated and are now officially confirmed, while the first mission work programme has also been published.

What are the Missions?

The missions are supposed to better relate the EU’s research and innovation to society and a wide range of citizens’ needs. With strong visibility and impact. The mission characteristics have been defined upfront as well as the set timeframes, outputs and governance.

The mission areas are:

  1. Adaption to climate change, including societal transformation
  2. Cancer
  3. Soil health and food
  4. Climate-neutral and smart cities
  5. Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters

Sustainability as the guiding parental principle

With 4 out of these 5 missions addressing the environment, nature and climate change, the core of these missions is the overarching goal of sustainability. In Horizon Europe, the extra effort lies on fostering sustainability with projects and throughout the projects that are going to be funded between 2021 – 2027.

There clearly is a need, perhaps an emergency to create awareness and feasibility for sustainability as to safeguard this planet.

Not at last because sustainability is actually in the DNA of the European Union, as Article 3.5 of the Treaty of the European Union states: “[It] The European Union shall contribute to peace, security, the sustainable development of the Earth, solidarity and mutual respect among peoples, […]”.

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