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News article30 April 2020Directorate-General for Research and Innovation1 min read

Latest progress on Horizon Europe’s Implementation Strategy

The rules and simplification measures put in place for Horizon 2020 were widely acknowledged by stakeholders as a big step towards a more attractive and easier to use programme. Based on this experience, work has been ongoing on Horizon Europe’s Implementation Strategy to set out how the programme will be managed in practice to achieve its ambitious objectives. The Strategy is a living document thus it will receive further updates.

Horizon Europe’s Implementation Strategy provides the framework for carefully designed rules and efficient processes across the entire programme and project life cycle. It allows the programme to deliver its impacts as efficient and user-friendly as possible.

The Strategy focusses on the following objectives:

  • Maximising impacts;
  • Ensuring greater transparency and further simplification;
  • Fostering synergies with other EU spending programmes;
  • Easing access through digital transformation and outreach.

The Commission validated, refined and developed the Strategy based on existing stakeholder feedback, internal analysis of needs and studies as well as via a comprehensive consultation and co-design process, including:

This process was organised around a series of building blocks, corresponding to parts of the programme and project life-cycle (work programme, submission and evaluation, model grant agreement, dissemination and exploitation, data and reporting, control strategy, extended use of simplified forms of costs), specific cross-cutting considerations (European partnerships, international cooperation, synergies) and enabling aspects (outreach, digital transformation).

The Strategy reflects the situation on 01/01/2020. The relevant governance bodies of DG Research and Innovation’s Common Implementation Centre have approved it at the end of 2019. A progress report will be published in the second semester of 2020.


Publication date
30 April 2020
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation