Horizon Europe is the new European Framework for research and innovation that will enter into force on 1 January 2021 for a period of 7 years (2021-2027) and will have a budget of around 100 billion euros.
Horizon Europe will strengthen the Union's scientific and technological bases in order to help tackle the major global challenges of our time and in order to contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, the programme will boost the Union's competitiveness, including that of its industries.
Horizon Europe will help deliver on the Union's strategic priorities and support the development and implementation of Union policies.
In a swiftly changing world, Europe's success increasingly depends on its ability to transform excellent scientific results into innovation that will have a real beneficial impact on our economy and quality of life and will create new markets with more skilled jobs.
The European Commission is committed to promoting gender equality in research and innovation.
This plan is part of the European Commission's gender equality strategy for the period 2020-2025, which sets out the Commission's broader commitment to equality in all EU policies.
A new eligibility criterion is now developed in Horizon Europe.
As detailed in the last part of the factsheet Gender Equality : a strengthened commitment in Horizon Europe, for calls with deadlines in 2022 and onwards, having a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) will be an eligibility criterion for all public bodies, higher education institutions and research organisations from EU Member States and associated countries wishing to participate in Horizon Europe.
As also recalled in the General Annexes to Horizon Europe 2021-2022 work programme, to comply with the eligibility criterion, a GEP must meet 4 mandatory process-related requirements or ‘building blocks’, and 5 recommended thematic areas.
The GEP of BELSPO has been endorsed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Belspo on 17 December 2021 .
NCP Federal BE is the service of the National Contact Points (NCPs) of the Belgian federal government; their target group consists of the federal research institution and other federal actors. The aim of this service is to inform federal actors about the latest developments in Horizon Europe, to help them find suitable project partners or join a consortium, to support them in preparing a project proposal and to provide feedback on their project proposals.