After Horizon 2020, which ran from 2014 to 2020, Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion for the period 2021-2027.

It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.

It creates jobs, fully engages the EU’s talent pool, boosts economic growth, promotes industrial competitiveness and optimises investment impact within a strengthened European Research Area. Legal entities from the EU and associated countries can participate.

In this regard, one of OPERA’s main objectives is to support the efforts of the A4U and its researchers to make their research more competitive at European and international level.

Table 1 shows the A4U universities’ results still under Horizon 2020 (it will be updated with Horizon Europe participation), whilst Table 2 shows the results by university under previous framework programmes.

Participation of Alliance 4-Universities in Horizon 2020 Programme per pillars*

UABUAMUC3MUPF
Pillar I: Excellence Science
87
63

45

80

Under Excellence Science: ERC projects25
1814
33
Pillar II: Industrial Leadership
13
4
43
18
Pillar III: Societal Challenges
50

14
22
27
Science With and For Society (SWAFS)
7
157
Spreading Excellence, Widening Participation31
Euratom
2
3
11
TOTAL187103131166

Comparative participation of Alliance 4-Universities in European Framework Programmes

UABUAMUC3MUPF
Projects
Projects
Projects
Projects
Framework Programme V
86
11.151.388
18
3.574.000
38
4.416.000
35
6.570.000
Framework Programme VI
91
15.221.790
54
10.873.000
34
5.263.000
41
10.850.000
Framework Programme VII
163
43.624.674
96
30.047.396
73
23.151.116
142
75.460.000
Horizon 2020*
187
85.040.816
103
39.946.945
131
61.045.646
166
85.042.813

* Source: EU Funding and Tenders Portal, 6 October 2021