Themed data sheets


Synergies between Horizon Europe and the European Structural and Investment Funds


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Access to financing

General information

Investments to fund European R&I carried out by the Commission through the Horizon Europe programme will be implemented in complementarity with 16 other Union funding programmes or instruments listed in Annex IV of the Proposal for a Regulation establishing "Horizon Europe". Synergies at these two levels will be made effective through a strategic design and planning process that will allow the development of research and innovation activities at national and regional level (in the latter, in line with the S3 strategies of the regions).

Along with these synergies, one of the most important aspects contributing to the simplification and efficiency of participation in this type of combined funding is the "seal of excellence". This label indicates that the proposal in question has passed all the minimum quality requirements set out in the work programme to be eligible for funding, but has not been successful in the end.

Clean Sky 2: a success story of synergies between the 8th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020) and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds)

The Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking is the predecessor of "Clean Aviation", a new institutionalised European partnership - and thus Joint Undertaking - created in the framework of Horizon Europe through the Proposal for a Regulation COM/2021/87 final. Clean Sky 2 already benefited from strategic cooperation and synergies between Commission funds under Horizon 2020 and ESI Funds, which also ensured the alignment of its thematic objectives, technical priorities and R&I activities with the regions' smart specialisation strategies (RIS3). Stakeholders therefore had the possibility to apply to the Clean Sky 2 calls themselves or to national or regional calls.

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