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The widening programme is an important aspect of Horizon Europe, the European Union’s flagship research and innovation programme for the period 2021-2027. The programme is designed to promote research and innovation across Europe, particularly in countries with lower research and innovation capacity.

The widening programme aims to address the disparities in research and innovation across Europe and it includes several funding instruments, each of which is designed to support different types of activities. In this article, we will explore the funding opportunities available under the widening programme in Horizon Europe.

What is the Widening Programme?

It is designed to promote research and innovation in countries with lower research and innovation capacity. The programme provides funding opportunities to researchers and innovators in these countries, with the aim of promoting collaboration and knowledge exchange between different regions of Europe.

The widening programme in Horizon Europe is designed to promote research and innovation in countries with lower research and innovation capacity. The programme provides funding opportunities to researchers and innovators in these countries, with the aim of promoting collaboration and knowledge exchange between different regions of Europe.

The widening programme includes several funding instruments, each of which is designed to support different types of activities. These instruments include:

Teaming: The Teaming instrument is designed to support the creation of new centres of excellence in countries with lower research and innovation capacity. The instrument provides funding to support the recruitment of top-level researchers and the development of research infrastructure.

Twinning: The Twinning instrument is designed to support collaboration between research institutions in countries with lower research and innovation capacity and established research institutions in other countries. The instrument provides funding to support the exchange of researchers, the development of joint research projects, and the sharing of best practices.

Pathways to Synergies: Pathways to Synergies action seeks to foster collaboration and partnerships between different actors in the research and innovation ecosystem, such as researchers, businesses, policymakers, and civil society organizations, in order to promote innovation and maximize the impact of research outcomes.  Through this action, the Horizon Europe programme aims to facilitate the creation of new synergies between different stakeholders and promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise, in order to address complex societal challenges and promote sustainable development in Europe. The Pathways to Synergies action includes a range of activities and initiatives, such as networking and matchmaking events, stakeholder engagement activities, and targeted research and innovation projects.

Dissemination and Exploitation Support Facility: The Dissemination and Exploitation Support Facility (DESF) is a support service provided by the European Commission as part of the Horizon Europe programme. The main purpose of the DESF is to help Horizon Europe project participants maximize the impact and visibility of their research results by providing guidance and support on dissemination and exploitation activities.

Hop-on facility: The Hop-On facility aims to support research institutions in countries with lower research and innovation performance to participate in projects funded by Horizon Europe. The facility provides additional funding to cover the costs of bringing additional partners from less-represented countries into a project consortium, thereby increasing the potential for networking, knowledge transfer, and research excellence across the EU. The Hop-On facility is designed to support the development of research and innovation capacity in underrepresented regions and promote their integration into the European Research Area. The facility provides up to €100,000 in additional funding for eligible projects, which can be used to cover travel and accommodation costs, equipment, and other expenses related to the participation of additional partners from less represented countries.

Excellence Hubs: Excellence Hubs aim to create networks of research institutions, universities, and other relevant stakeholders in less developed regions of Europe in order to promote excellence and collaboration in research and innovation. The measure provides funding to establish and develop Excellence Hubs, which are consortia of research institutions in specific research areas that have the potential to become world-class centers of excellence.   Excellence Hubs can receive funding of up to €15 million over a period of 10 years, which can be used to support a range of activities, including research and innovation projects, knowledge transfer and exchange, networking, training, and outreach. The measure aims to strengthen the research and innovation capacity of less developed regions, promote the participation of local researchers in European research projects, and enhance the international visibility and competitiveness of the regions involved. The ultimate goal of Excellence Hubs is to promote regional economic growth and contribute to the overall development of the European Research Area.

ERA Chairs: The ERA Chairs instrument is designed to support the recruitment of high-level researchers to institutions in countries with lower research and innovation capacity. The instrument provides funding to support the establishment of research teams and the development of research infrastructure.

ERA Fellowships: ERA Fellowships aim to support the mobility and career development of experienced researchers from less developed regions of Europe by offering them the opportunity to conduct research at leading research institutions and universities across Europe. The fellowships are designed to support the development of research and innovation capacity in less-developed regions of Europe by promoting the transfer of knowledge and expertise between different research institutions and countries.  ERA Fellowships provide funding for salary, research costs, and mobility expenses for the duration of the fellowship, which can range from 12 to 36 months. The funding is provided to the host institution, which is responsible for providing the necessary support and infrastructure to the fellow during their stay

ERA Talents: ERA Talents aims to support the mobility and career development of early-career researchers from less developed regions of Europe by offering them the opportunity to conduct research at leading research institutions and universities across Europe.

 

Benefits of the Widening Programme

The widening programme in Horizon Europe provides several benefits to researchers and innovators in countries with lower research and innovation capacity. These benefits include:

Access to funding: The widening programme provides funding opportunities to researchers and innovators in countries with lower research and innovation capacity, making it easier for them to carry out research projects and develop innovations.

Collaboration: The widening programme promotes collaboration between researchers and innovators in different regions of Europe, enabling the sharing of knowledge and best practices.

Career development: The widening programme provides opportunities for researchers and innovators in countries with lower research and innovation capacity to develop their careers, through funding for mobility, recruitment of high-level researchers, and development of research infrastructure.

Economic growth: The widening programme supports the development of research and innovation in countries with lower research and innovation capacity, which can contribute to economic growth and job creation.

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